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Maria Jarzyna

Driving up from his former hometown of Columbus, OH (he now lives in Brooklyn), the top-flight jazz pianist Aaron Diehl will present a livestreamed concert from the Epic Center in Kalamazoo at 7:30 Friday, Apr 9, with bassist John Webber and drummer Aaron Kimmel. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Diehl talks about his adjustment to a pandemic year which hit just has his latest album, The Vagabond, was released. It's given him time to reflect on life's priorities. Tonight's concert for The Gilmore was rescheduled from a planned appearance at the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. To access the concert online, visit thegilmore.org. 


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At 2 pm on Sunday, Dec 6, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival will release the next online concert in its Piano Masters series. Yefim Bronfman, an Israeli-American pianist born in Uzbekistan, will perform music of Beethoven and Debussy. Cara Lieurance spoke with Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, the executive director of The Gilmore, for a preview of Bronfman's special gifts as a pianist.

Marco Borggreve

Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play Beethoven's ultra-famous "Moonlight" and "Appassionata" sonatas in his Piano Masters recital for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival at 2 pm on Sunday. 


Centaur Records

The new release Impressions of Debussy brings together two current and one former faculty members of the Western Michigan University School of Music:  classical pianist Lori Sims, jazz saxophonist/composer Andrew Rathbun, and jazz pianist/composer Jeremy Siskind. 


Gilmore Keyboard Festival

It's Pierre Van Der Westhuizen's favorite part of the job: to identify and provide a platform for new artists to establish themselves, and for established masters to share their exceptional talent with west Michigan audiences. Together with WMUK's Cara Lieurance, Van Der Westhuizen previews the 2020/21 season of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, highlighting the artists' personal stories and achievements. 


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