gilmore keyboard festival

micahmclaurin.com

Micah McLaurin performs multiple times at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival this week as a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist. A student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, he talks to Cara Lieurance about his early musical experiences in Charleston, South Carolina. A number of overseas competitions and festivals broadened his horizons and contributed to his growth as an artist, he says.  


Joan Marcus

Farmers Alley Theatre's second collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival deliriously mixes a murder mystery, comedy, singing and piano playing by both performers. Brett Ryback is Officer Marcus Moscowicz, who hopes to solve the murder of a famous author and be promoted to detective. Joe Kinosian, one of the show's creators, plays all twelve suspects, including a gruff psychiatrist, a ballerina, a squabbling couple, the non-grieving wife of the murder victim, and even a handful of choirboys.

  

dejanlazic.com

A pianist who finds surprising connections between diverse composers, Dejan Lazic is an experienced concert artist known for his brilliant playing and idiosyncratic interpretations. Born in Croatia, Lazic grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum, spending his summers in Hungary at a music festival founded by his teachers, Zoltan Kocsis and Imre Rohrmann.  


lorisims.com

Lori Sims says she didn't fall in love with Debussy's piano preludes until she began teaching her students at Western Michigan University. In the past, she had been vocal about never wanting to perform Debussy, but now, she'll perform both sets of preludes in concert at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in two sold-out concerts. 


Fred Western

A specific question has been on the minds of a lot of people in the Kalamazoo arts community lately: What happens when the media changes, and arts coverage from the local newspaper shrinks in just a few short years?  The shift has happened fast in Kalamazoo. Now, arts leaders have a plan to collaborate on a new arts publication. Its purpose: to serve as a hub for listings, reviews and arts features for Southwest Michigan. 


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