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At 10:30 am on Saturday, Nov 7, the Kalamazoo-based Stulberg International String Competition will begin a series of three online concerts to be held over the next three weeks. This Saturday, the featured artist is cellist Oliver Herbert, the 2015 silver medalist.

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Herbert says he will appear in two previously recorded performances that are meaningful to him. One is his performance of a Haydn Divertimento, arranged by the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, and the second is the Sonata No. 5 for cello and piano by Ludwig Van Beethoven.  Xiaohui Yang, with whom he has recently recorded an album, will be his accompanist. 

Herbert says he is enjoying post-school life as a professional cellist. Before the COVID-19 shutdown, he'd realized a dream to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with orchestra in New Haven, CT, and made debuts in Canada, performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Brian K. Powers, courtesy of Encore Magazine

They're free to pick up throughout the Kalamazoo region, but the issues of Encore Magazine that appear each month are produced with a lot of behind-the-scenes care and planning. Cara Lieurance speaks to editor Marie Lee about the major stories in November's edition. They also discuss Lee's vision for the magazine as an editor, the importance of local journalism and arts coverage, and Lee describes her desk area, which is covered in hand-written notes and printouts.

Marco Borggreve

Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play Beethoven's ultra-famous "Moonlight" and "Appassionata" sonatas in his Piano Masters recital for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival at 2 pm on Sunday. 

The music director of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, Dr. Tom Evans, joined Cara Lieurance in the studio recently to share highlights from a live concert of Oct 26, 2019, called "It Was A Dark And Spooky Night..." Listen to his discussion of the pieces and hear performances of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (arr Leidzen); Brian Balmages Shadow Waltzes, and selections from The Phantom of the Opera (arr. Barker). 

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Fontana begins its virtual season on Friday with VOCES8, the renowned 8-person a cappela group founded in the UK 15 years ago. Cara Lieurance speaks with founding member Paul Smith and Michigan native Blake Morgan, a tenor, about the online concert they've prepared for release at 7:30 pm Friday, Oct 30.