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First Forrenland (2018), then My Thoughts Are (2019), then Vibrations (2021). That was the 3-album musical arch in Jordan Hamilton's mind over several years, as the cellist/songwriter continued gigging, writing, soloing, collaborating, and producing. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Hamilton talks about why he wanted to make an all-instrumental album, and shares stories on how the new pieces on Vibrations came together, as they listen to "Diatomic," "Radiation," "Reflection," "Circuits" and "Tidal." 

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At 10:30 am on Saturday, Nov 7, the Kalamazoo-based Stulberg International String Competition will begin a series of three online concerts to be held over the next three weeks. This Saturday, the featured artist is cellist Oliver Herbert, the 2015 silver medalist.

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Herbert says he will appear in two previously recorded performances that are meaningful to him. One is his performance of a Haydn Divertimento, arranged by the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, and the second is the Sonata No. 5 for cello and piano by Ludwig Van Beethoven.  Xiaohui Yang, with whom he has recently recorded an album, will be his accompanist. 

Herbert says he is enjoying post-school life as a professional cellist. Before the COVID-19 shutdown, he'd realized a dream to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with orchestra in New Haven, CT, and made debuts in Canada, performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Start's many plans collapsed in March with the COVID-19 shutdown. An active soloist, chamber music player, symphony player and composer, she also lost opportunities to have her own music performed locally and beyond.

But when the reality of the situtation sank in, Start didn't sink: she swam in new directions. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, she talks about how long-delayed projects, big and small, got the attention they deserved when all the immediate deadlines went away.

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Bruce Uchimura, professor of cello at Western Michigan University, Grace Field, a Suzuki cello instructor, and WMU junior Becca Spurbeck talk to Cara Lieurance to preview a day of workshops, masterclasses, music-making and concerts for cellists of all ages: the 2019 Michigan Cello Festival. It will be held Saturday, Nov 2 in the Dalton Center at WMU. A public concert will take place at 4 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, and all masterclasses and workshops are free to attend.

Festival activities include master classes by Bruce Uchimura and Anthony Elliott, an orchestral excerpts class with Igor Cetkovic, and a performance by cellist/songwriter Jordan Hamilton.  

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Not one, not four, but eight cellists will participate in a program called "A Cello Explosion" this Sunday. Cellists from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia will be featured in a wide variety of music, from a Joplin rag, to the William Tell Overture to a work by Kalamazoo composer and cellist Elizabeth Start.