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Weiyin Chen, a Juilliard-trained pianist and longtime friend of conductor Andrew Koehler, makes her third appearance with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia at 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov 16 by giving her first performance of Tchaikovsky's monumental Piano Concerto No. 1 . Chen and Koehler join Cara Lieurance to preview the concert and highlight the other works on the program: Overture by Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.


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At 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 at Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will open its season with four works which conductor Andrew Koehler sums up as 'Shifting Landscapes.' They are Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), which depicts a remote place in Scotland; The Accursed Huntsman, Cesar Franck's mythic tone poem; an extremely rare piece by Z. Noskowski inspired by a mountain lake in Poland, and Poems of the Sea by Ernst Bloch. 


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The Western Winds, a chamber group featuring faculty and graduate students side-by-side on individual parts, offers a program of modern, romantic and neo-Baroque works at 7:30 pm Monday, Nov 4 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Graduate student Brittany Bissa and Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands at WMU, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the program. 


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Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist-conductor Lars Vogt, both acclaimed German classical musicians, will appear on the first concert of the Fontana series at 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct 26 at the Joliffe Theatre, Epic Center, Kalamazoo. In a phone interview with Cara Lieurance, Tetzlaff touches on his concert schedule and the works on his program, which includes "uplifting" sonatas in A major by Beethoven and Franck, and the "despairing" Sonata Op 134 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Tetlzaff says, "Music has to be a mirror of what can happen in life." 

Fontana's artistic and executive director David Baldwin also joins Lieurance to talk about the Tetlzaff-Vogt recital and the upcoming season.


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Tonight at 7:30 pm, eight Western Michigan University scholarship students will be featured in a free recital of songs, spirituals, and arias in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. They are recipients of Diether H. Haenicke Scholarships for study at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Four of them - soprano Caitlin Borke, mezzo soprano Katherine Short, tenor Travis Williams, and bass-baritone Samuel Macy, joined Cara Lieurance to talk about their experiences in Graz, and the ways their voices and musicianship have grown over the summer. 


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