Jan Woldemar, via Flickr. Public Domain licence.

Monday through Sunday, February 8 - 14, Farmers Alley Theatre will offer Seven Nights of Valentine’s Serenades - love songs recorded by seven appealing actor/singers who've starred in past productions. They include Dwight Trice (The Producers), Ryan Vasquez (Next to Normal), and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton (Camelot), among others.

Kalamazoo Philharmonia

Andrew Koehler, music director of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony, Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and WMU Symphony, touched on how each group is faring during the pandemic in a conversation with Cara Lieurance.

John McNeill / WMUK

Health officials say there's now one confirmed case of the "B-1-1-7" variant of COVID-19 in Kalamazoo County.

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.

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