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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. 


Chris Hartlove

The celebrated American pianist, conductor and teacher Leon Fleisher died Aug 2 at the age of 92. Cara Lieurance asked Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, the executive director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, to share his thoughts on one of the century's greatest musicians in the world of classical music. Fleisher performed at the Festival several times, notably premiering the Piano Concerto For the Left-Hand by Michigan composer C. Curtis-Smith.


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