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Brian K. Powers, courtesy of Encore Magazine

This month's issue of Encore Magazine celebrates sound engineer Ian Gorman, the man behind the music of hundreds of artists based primarily in Michigan. Cara Lieurance talks to editor Marie Lee about Mark Wedel's feature on La Luna Studios, as well as Five Faves by Lynn Houghton, and the return of Poetry That Ate Our Ears, a contest that brings young people's poetry to public places.

Kalamazoo Concert Band

Four years ago in the midst of a Michigan winter, the Kalamazoo Concert Band offered a musical getaway with a program called "Arabian Nights." Music director Dr. Tom Evans joined Cara Lieurance to showcase the highlights, including Sam Hazo's Arabesque, James Hosay's Persis, and Brian Balmages' Arabian Dances.

Colin Howe / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

"Miniature Masterpieces" is set to be streamed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at 7 pm Friday, Feb 26. Resident conductor Daniel Brier and featured soloist Rachel Miller previewed the concert with Cara Lieurance.

Kaupo Kikkas

At 7:30 pm on Friday, Feb 26, Fontana will stream a concert by a young London-based ensemble called the Castalian String Quartet. Like the rest of their performing peers, the multi-award-winning group has had to contend with a year of lost opportunities due to the COVID-19 epidemic, including their March 13 debut at Carnegie Hall.

David Lee / Netflix

The Kalamazoo Film Society is sponsoring five films at Celebration Cinemas this month, which is a big change from the restrictions of the last year. President Dhera Strauss and member Madeline Cimini talked with Cara Lieurance about the different films - Nomadland, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Land, and The World To Come -  and gave a reminder that the KFS is offering a $1000 grant for regional filmmakers who apply by May 1.