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Concert preview: Kalamazoo Symphony to build a cathedral in sound with Bruckner’s 4th

Anton Bruckner, Silhouette 20 x 26 cm; photo of Böhler´s silhouette printed on thick card
Otto Böhler / Wikipedia Commons
Anton Bruckner, Silhouette 20 x 26 cm; photo of Böhler´s silhouette printed on thick card

Bruckner built massive musical structures in his 8 symphonies, and the Symphony No. 4 “Romantic” is one of his best, says conductor Julian Kuerti, who will lead a performance by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Nov 12 in Miller Auditorium. He adds that it’s not what he would call Romantic, but more a grand ending point of Baroque and Classical thought. Cara Lieurance talks to Kuerti and cellist Elizabeth Start about the program, which opens with a newly-discovered work by Florence Price called Ethiopia’s Shadow in America.

Start is also executive director of the Connecting Chords Music Festival, which will present the female vocal ensemble Tapestry in a program of works by women composers, including Florence Price, at 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 13 at Portage Chapel Hill Methodist Church. She arranged for Tapestry member Christi Catt to offer her thoughts on the music of Florence Price as part of the pre-concert talk for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The talk starts at 6:30 pm on Saturday.

Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.