David Baldwin

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The new season of Fontana will be virtual, says executive director David Baldwin. Each hand-picked group will record a live-to-tape performance in the city in which they're based. Baldwin and Cara Lieurance preview each group, from VOCES8, and Brooklyn Rider, to the Castalian and Dudok String Quartets, with some musical selections and biographical details. 


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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.


Hans vander Woerd

In the new Fontana season, jazz, art song, and classical music will fill a season spanning October 28, 2018 - May 11, 2019. Executive director David Baldwin joins Cara Lieurance to discuss each of the 8 concerts in detail. 


Michael Wilson

Pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman first performed together in Redman’s acclaimed quartet during the 1990s. In the next two decades, both Grammy-nominated musicians grew as leaders in their own ensembles. Now modern-day icons, they've reunited to tour with their new album, Nearness. 


Brian Braun

Fontana CEO and artistic director David Baldwin says this year, the Fontana Summer Music Festival will consist of five concerts between July 18-30. First up is Sybarite5, a string group that often adapts Radiohead and Appalachian tunes for its programs. They will perform a public concert at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on July 18, in addition to teaching the young musicians who participate in Western Michigan University's summer music camp, Seminar 2016.


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