Drew Le

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The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck continues this week with festival co-directors Jennifer Walvoord and Drew Le joining Grand Rapids Symphony musicians Leslie Van Becker and Alicia Eppinga in a program of Piazzolla, Mozart, and Schoenfield. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Le introduces his fellow musicians and shares his thoughts on Piazzolla's "Spring," from Four Seasons in Buenos Aires, Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 1, K. 478, and Paul Schoenfield's Café Music. He also shares the news that he and his family are moving to Ohio, where he will be an assistant professor of piano at Kent State University. They will return each summer to direct the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.


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Suggestions from players, dream lists compiled the year before, and plenty of research go into designing programs for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, says Drew Le, co-artistic director and pianist on the upcoming "Brahms & Co." program this Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm at the Saugatuck Woman's Club. He'll be joined by his wife and co-artistic director Jennifer Walvoord and cellist Alicia Eppinga to play the program's centerpiece, the Trio in B major Op 8 by Johannes Brahms. There are two obscure but worthy pieces by Brahms' contemporaries, Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg, which round out the program. 


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Drew Le, pianist and co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, says that for the 30th season of the festival, they stuck to their successful combination of concerts featuring west Michigan musicians, with two exceptions - the New York-based Claremont Trio and Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. Some quaint traditions, such as cash-only admission, linger as well. Free admission for students with ID on Fridays is a new feature.

Drew Le

Pianist Drew Le has just released a CD recording of Schubert, Debussy, and Chopin on Blue Griffin Records. 

He speaks to Cara Lieurance about the process of recording in the studio, and about his other activities as a professor of music at Hope College in Holland, MI, and as co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his musician wife, Jennifer Walvoord.  He's also an accomplished photographer. 

The CD is currently available through his website, and on Amazon later this fall.