Keith Geiman

Jiyang Chen

The Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop is celebrating its fifth year with a special guest: trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, a Kalamazoo native whose career took him to Juilliard, then to the Canadian Brass, then to his own New York-based performing groups, Founders and Useful Chamber. On Tuesday, June 26 at 7 pm, Ridenour's Founders Trio will perform a free public concert in the Light Fine Arts's Dalton Theater at Kalamazoo College. Keith Geiman, the co-founder of the Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop, spoke with Cara Lieurance about the importance of young trumpeters maintaining the progress they've made during the summer, and about the other public events the workshop is offering - including student recitals and ensemble concerts - during the weeklong event. 

Craig Freeman

What does it take to be a professional classical musician while maintaining a private teaching studio of 40-50 students? Trumpeter Keith Geiman addresses that question with WMUK contributor Craig Freeman, performing some of his favorite pieces with his Britton-Geiman Duo partner, pianist Thom Britton. They play arrangements of Clark's Venus Waltz, Gershwin's Summertime, and the Thiele/Weiss tune, What A Wonderful World. In remembrance of influential Western Michigan University performer/educator  Stephen Jones, Geiman plays two verses of Amazing Grace.

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Trumpet player Keith Geiman and keyboardist and bodhrán player Thom Britton will inaugurate a new summer series tonight, a series that focuses on local musicians. The free Thursday concerts, August 4 - September 1, begin at 8 pm in the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.