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The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck continues at 7 pm tonight with a virtual concert called "Connecting With The Knifics." As bassist Tom Knific, professor emeritus of Western Michigan University, tells Cara Lieurance, he and violinist Renata Knific have been appearing on the series for three decades and were glad to continue the tradition even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their son Gene Knific, a prolific composer and arranger, will join them on piano. The concert can be streamed through a link at the CMFS website. Following the concert, the audience is invited to a post-concert chat on Zoom.

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The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the Shadowlands Pavilion on Silver Beach in St. Joseph at 6:30 pm Saturday, July 17. The guest conductor, Matthew Aubin, will lead a program called "Belting Out Broadway," with special guest vocalist Nicole New. Aubin, a finalist for the position of music director with the SMSO, talked to Cara Lieurance for a preview of the concert.

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Nashon Holloway, with a combo of Chicago talent led by music director/arranger Rufus Ferguson and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Brier will take the stage at 7:30 pm Saturday, July 17 in Bronson Park for an evening of Holloway's original music and selected cover songs by Joni Mitchell and Buffalo Springfield, among others. Holloway and Ferguson share the story of how this long-anticipated concert was conceived, written and rehearsed, in an interview with Cara Lieurance.

Mike Grittani / Callisto Quartet

On Sunday, July 18 the Callisto Quartet, grand prize winner of the 2018 Fischoff Competition, will offer two free concerts at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck:  a Young Listeners Concert at 3 pm at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and a Community Concert at 7 pm at Beery Field in Douglas, MI. Cara Lieurance spoke with cellist Hannah Moses about the program and the group's recent accomplishments.

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Face Off Theatre Artistic Director Marissa Harrington and actor Delanti Hall (Omari) preview Dominique Morisseau's contemporary drama Pipeline in an interview with Cara Lieurance. The play takes on a big topic: research shows that young Black men are sent into the juvenile and criminal justice systems at a higher rate than any other group. The consequences can be tragic, but it's the realness of the language and relationships that make it a must-see masterpiece, according to Harrington and Hall.