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Chris Ludwa, the director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, will conduct the annual program, "Holidays with Bach," twice this weekend: on Saturday, at 3:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, and Sunday at 4 pm in Stetson Chapel, at Kalamazoo College. He joins Cara Lieurance to preview the concerts, which will include audience carols, a segment of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, a lullaby in Mandarin, a Fred Waring setting of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," and much more.

MSR Classics

Fortepianist Leslie Tung, professor emeritus of music at Kalamazoo College, has made good use of of his personal time after retiring from the faculty at Kalamazoo College after over 30 years. Still actively teaching, he now finds he has the energy to devote to playing his own fortepiano, resulting in a new album,  Theme and Variations: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn. It was recently released by the MSR Classics label.

Tung talks to Cara Lieurance about his long-term fascination with the instrument, its unique sound, and the possibilities that are still being discovered in the components and expression of the fortepiano.

His new album focuses on three sets of variations by three great composers: Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. 

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Imagine you're alone in a new country, don't speak the language, nor understand the customs. For some urban students, they experience "culture shock" at college, says Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation. Over the last 29 years, her New York City-based program has recruited more than 8,000 promising inner-city students to attend the nation's top colleges in groups, or "posses." A four-year-long support program awaits them once there. Bial speaks Sunday, June 17, at Kalamazoo College's commencement.

C. Lieurance

On Friday night, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival continues with a program called Breaking Barriers with Bach: Baroque To Celtic, featuring music of French, German, and Scottish composers of the Baroque era, with traditional Irish dance tunes interspersed, and finishing up with the premiere of The Butterfly, a work by Kalamazoo composer Carl Witt. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Carl Witt, Luke Cook, and Joanna Steinhauser (holding young Matilda in her arms) preview the music and talk about the process of bringing the program together.

The concert is at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall of the Light Fine Arts Center, Kalamazoo College, on Friday, June 8. 

K College Student Aims High - With Rockets

Apr 24, 2018
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In the summer of 2016, many American athletes had their sights set on Olympic gold in Rio De Janeiro. But they weren’t the only ones aiming high. A Kalamazoo College student found herself on top of the podium nearly 6,500 miles away at the Spacemodeling World Championships in Ukraine.