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Starting Saturday Oct 2, Face Off Theatre Company will accept video submissions of 1-2 minute monologues from new and experienced actors in a friendly competition determined by audience votes. 


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Lera Auerbach's 2002 Lonely Suite (Ballet for a Lonely Violinist) will offer special resonance for us after a year of isolation due to COVID-19. It's at the heart of a recital at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Sep 22 by Megan Crawford, a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and visiting instructor at Western Michigan University. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Crawford talks about the pieces that inspired her, how caring for her family makes her musical choices more personal, and how she re-oriented her teaching to learn and teach music of Black composers with her students.


Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival/Kalamazoo Valley Museum

At 6 pm on Sunday, September 19, the first of up to 12 aspiring songwriters will take the stage at Liquid Note Brewing in Otsego to play up to three original songs in a round of 4 songwriters per hour between 6 - 9 pm. 


Irène Zandel

The new season of Rising Stars presented by the Gilmore Piano Festival begins this Sunday with a performance by a German pianist of Iranian heritage who has played Bach from childhood. She released a recording of The Art Of The Fugue in 2015 and next month she'll release the complete Bach Partitas. Cara Lieurance spoke with Schagajegh Nosrati about her Kalamazoo appearance.

Brian K. Powers, courtesy of Encore Magazine

Stories by John Liberty, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, and Jordan Bradley are at the center of September's issue of Encore Magazine, and editor Marie Lee says she appreciates their unique takes on their subjects.


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