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Erin Baiano

At 7:30 pm on Friday, Nov 20, Fontana will showcase the innovative American quartet Brooklyn Rider in an online concert.  Known for its commitment to the music of today and its collaborations with a surprising range of artists, from banjoist Bela Fleck to Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes, Friday's program will be based on Brooklyn Rider's newest release, Healing Modes. It is centered around one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire: Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15, which includes the "Song of Thanksgiving." Cara Lieurance talks to founding member and violist Nicholas Cords to find out more.

Amelia Falk

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus is part of the planning, as Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers moves forward with its 40th anniversary season. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, founder Cori Terry  and executive director Kate Yancho share their excitement for two upcoming events:  Choreography And Cocktails 2, at 7 pm on Fri, Nov 20, and TURBULENCE: Fall Concert of Dance, at 8 pm on Saturday, Nov 21. Both are online, interactive presentations that showcase new and classic dance pieces created by the modern dance company. They are both pay-what-you-can events, starting with a minimal fee.


At 10:30 am on Saturday, Nov 14, the Kalamazoo-based Stulberg International String Competition will continue a series of three online concerts this month. This week, the featured artist is violist Haesue Lee, the 2015 bronze medalist and first-prize winner of the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition.

Lee is currently living in Seoul, Korea. These are her emailed responses to questions posed by WMUK's Cara Lieurance.

What did you do when Covid 19 closed venues and schools?

At the beginning of the pandemic, I mostly stayed at home, in Philadelphia. I just had my graduation recital, so I was so eager to rest and learn new repertoire. Now I am in Korea, and lately I've been teaching students and enjoying hobbies that I haven't been able to do so when I was busier.

What is your program for Saturdays With The Stulberg concert on Nov 14?

The performances are from before the pandemic and the pieces are, Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 Aria by Villa-Lobos, and None but the Lonely Heart by Tchaikovsky.

Who will be playing with you on the concert?

The Schubert is with Elena Jivaeva, wonderful staff pianist at Curtis. The next two pieces are with Chang-Yong Shin who is a good friend and alumn of the Curtis Institute of Music. 

What are some of your favorite things about the pieces on the program?

All of the pieces in the program are my favorite. Especially, the Villa-Lobos and the Thaikovsky were originally written for voice, so I love how they are very lyrical. Also, if you follow the original text of the Tchaikovsky, it is even more beautiful!

Applications are now open for the 2021 Stulberg Competition. What is your advice to aspiring string players who go to the Stulberg?

I'd say that everyone should enjoy their time on the stage! Have fun and be inspired by other colleagues!

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Starting Friday, Nov 13 at Celebration Cinemas in Portage, the Kalamazoo Film Society is sponsoring two new releases: "Ammonite," directed by Francis Lee, and "The Climb," directed by Michael Angelo Covino. KFS president Dhera Strauss and member Madeline Cimini introduce the films in a conversation with Cara Lieurance.

The choristers of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, ages 7 - 17, have made Zoom their new practice room since early September, says director Taylor Gudbrandson. The work of forging personal connections through music development has continued, even with muted screens and on-screen cameos by a pet chinchilla.