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Let's Hear It

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The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra successfully rehearsed and performed five concerts this season under the most difficult circumstances they have faced in recent memory. The fifth concert, By The Country Side, will be livestreamed at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 1, and be available to watch for weeks afterward. It was programmed, rehearsed and conducted by music director Anne Harrigan, who joined Cara Lieurance to preview Brahms' Serenade No. 1 and George Walker's Lyric For Strings.


Yukie Ota

Gabriel Renteria-Elyea and Yukie Ota lead different sections in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, but they sit side-by-side for every rehearsal and performance, with Renteria-Elyea playing oboe and Ota playing flute. That closeness made it natural for them to appear on the Connecting Chords Music Festival, in a 60-minute program which will be livestreamed from La Luna Studios at 7 pm on Thursday, April 29. Cara Lieurance spoke to both musicians for a preview.


Kellogg Community College

As vocal director and music area coordinator at Kellogg Community College, Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard welcomes everyone at every level to participate in the arts. To him, the word "community" in the school's name says it all. Case-Blanchard spoke with Cara Lieurance about A Celebration of Performing Arts at KCC: A Virtual Gala, which will stream for free at 7 pm Tuesday, April 27 at KCC's YouTube channel. To access the event, pre-register at this link or by calling 269-965-4161.


Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

History will be made at 7 pm on Friday, April 30 when the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th season with the premiere of a new piano concerto by Michael Brown with the composer at the keyboard. Brown has appeared multiple times at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, which co-commissioned the work with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland.  Brown, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra music director Julian Kuerti, and executive director of The Gilmore Pierre van der Westhuizen join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


kalfilmsociety.net

At 7 pm on Wednesday, April 21, the Kalamazoo Film Society will continue its series of Virtual Lobby Discussions, which were created during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow people to continue to engage in film chats. Rather than choosing a specific film as a topic, president Dhera Strauss says the Society decided to focus on the Academy Awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, April 26. The Kalamazoo Film Society sponsored local showings of nearly all of the Best Picture nominees.


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