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Colin Howe / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

"Miniature Masterpieces" is set to be streamed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at 7 pm Friday, Feb 26. Resident conductor Daniel Brier and featured soloist Rachel Miller previewed the concert with Cara Lieurance.

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At 7:30 pm on Friday, Feb 26, Fontana will stream a concert by a young London-based ensemble called the Castalian String Quartet. Like the rest of their performing peers, the multi-award-winning group has had to contend with a year of lost opportunities due to the COVID-19 epidemic, including their March 13 debut at Carnegie Hall.

Colin Howe / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

At 7 pm on Friday, Jan 29, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will welcome audiences to its Digital Concert Hall Series by streaming "Fireworks For A New Year," led by music director Julian Kuerti. He joined Cara Lieurance to talk about the joy of performing in-person again (with strict precautions), and the classic pieces that speak to this moment in time.

Jordan Hamilton's 2019 album My Thoughts Are is a collection of original songs covering a wide range of real life experience. Although he doesn't claim the title of activist for himself (he says he would have to work harder to earn it), several of Hamilton's songs anticipated the Black Lives Matter movement's resurgence in 2020. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Hamilton says his journey as a solo artist who accompanies his songs on electric cello and looping technology is based in a musical community that gives him space and brings new ideas and influences into his life. 

courtesy of the Sphinx Organization

At 7 pm on Saturday, Jan 30 the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latinx classical string players will be held online, and prizes up to $50,000 will be awarded to the three senior and three junior finalists. As president and artistic director Afa Dworkin tells Cara Lieurance, although it's not an in-person competition this year, there will be suspense as the pre-recorded performances are streamed and adjudicated in real time as the finalists look on. For maximum accessibility, it will be a free event, streamed at