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2017-2018 Fontana | WU MAN, pipa; SHANGHAI QUARTET
2017-2018 Fontana | WU MAN, pipa; SHANGHAI QUARTET

The acclaimed Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man unite to perform new works by contemporary Chinese composers for string quartet and pipa as well as Western classical standards.

Sat 2/17/18 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU WU MAN, pipa
SHANGHAI QUARTET


2017-2018 Fontana | ARTEMIS QUARTET
2017-2018 Fontana | ARTEMIS QUARTET

“The interpretations of the Artemis Quartet are not only technically on a par with the most virtuosic of their competitors – but they offer a higher musical intensity than all the others!“ - Süddeutsche Zeitung

BEETHOVEN        Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
BARTÓK                Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17, Sz. 67
SCHUMANN         Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1

Sat 4/7/18 7:30PM Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo ARTEMIS QUARTET


2018 Festival | OPENING NIGHT DINNER
2018 Festival | OPENING NIGHT DINNER

The 2018 Festival opens with dinner and a private performance by the engaging 2006 Gilmore Artist, INGRID FLITER, who will bring her warmth and powerful technique to bear on the first half of the program.

A rousing second half will be in the hands of the young French artist JULIEN LABRO, who has established himself internationally as a leading figure on both the accordion and the bandoneón. Joining Labro will be pianist/composer GREGG KALLOR.
Wed 4/25/18 6:00PM Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Opening Night Dinner


2018 Festival | THURSDAY JAZZ at BELL'S: CHRISTIAN SANDS TRIO
2018 Festival | THURSDAY JAZZ at BELL'S: CHRISTIAN SANDS TRIO

“Sands is skilled, soulful and melodic throughout, his energy and spirit altering with each tune.” — Noisey

CHRISTIAN SANDS is an emerging jazz force. The young pianist wowed audiences at the 2012 Gilmore Festival, and he’s back with his trio for two shows at Bell’s.

SANDS takes a fresh look at the entire language of jazz: stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban. He exemplifies the rising musicality and spiritual aspirations of a singularly gifted musical soul.
Thu 4/26/18 6:30PM Bell's Brewery Christian Sands Trio
Thu 4/26/18 9:00PM Bell's Brewery Christian Sands Trio


2018 Festival | INGRID FLITER; ANTON DRESSLER; DAVID BOWLIN; AMIR ELDAN
2018 Festival | INGRID FLITER; ANTON DRESSLER; DAVID BOWLIN; AMIR ELDAN

2006 Gilmore Artist INGRID FLITER returns this year with clarinetist ANTON DRESSLER, violinist DAVID BOWLIN, and cellist AMIR ELDAN to perform one of the greatest and most moving pieces of 20th-century chamber music, the Quartet for the End of Time.

French composer Olivier Messiaen wrote the piece while confined in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II.
Fri 4/27/18 2:00PM Wellspring Theater Ingrid Fliter; Anton Dressler;
David Bowlin; Amir Eldan


2018 Festival | JULIEN LABRO QUARTET
2018 Festival | JULIEN LABRO QUARTET

“JULIEN LABRO plays the chromatic accordion with the style and verve of a rock musician, maintaining the European cabaret feel of Gypsy jazz, but adding a more modern, innovative touch. Who would have expected the accordion to sound so hip?” (Winnipeg Free Press).

French-born LABRO will play standard classical repertoire for the first half, then launch into a jazz set for the second half.
Fri 4/27/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Julien Labro Quartet


2018 Festival | WEI LUO, 2018 GILMORE YOUNG ARTIST
2018 Festival | WEI LUO, 2018 GILMORE YOUNG ARTIST

2018 Gilmore Young Artist WEI LUO gave her first recital at age six. The winner of numerous competitions in China, WEI LUO also claimed first prize in the 11th Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland and the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt, both in 2010.

Luo is currently completing her studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music.
Sat 4/28/18 2:00PM Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo Wei Luo, 2018 GYA


2018 Festival | MURRAY PERAHIA
2018 Festival | MURRAY PERAHIA

Legend is not a word The Gilmore throws around lightly, but in this case, MURRAY PERAHIA has earned the title many times over!

For more than 40 years, he has been one of the most sought-after and cherished musical artists. He is, quite simply, one of the greatest pianists of our time. This is one not to miss!
Sat 4/28/18 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium Murray Perahia


2018 Festival | DANIIL TRIFONOV
2018 Festival | DANIIL TRIFONOV

Russian pianist DANIIL TRIFONOV has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music since winning first prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20.

“He has everything and more...tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” stated pianist Martha Argerich. TRIFONOV will perform works from each decade of the last century.
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Daniil Trifonov


2018 Festival | JAZZ CLUB: BILL CHARLAP TRIO
2018 Festival | JAZZ CLUB: BILL CHARLAP TRIO

Considered one of the finest piano trios in modern jazz, the BILL CHARLAP Trio, featuring bassist PETER WASHINGTON and drummer KENNY WASHINGTON, returns to The Gilmore to perform their own renditions of Leonard Bernstein’s songs.

The dynamic trio last appeared here in the 2004 Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
Sun 4/29/18 4:00PM Williams Theatre Bill Charlap Trio
Sun 4/29/18 7:00PM Williams Theatre Bill Charlap Trio


2018 Festival | LEIF OVE ANDSNES, 1998 GILMORE ARTIST
2018 Festival | LEIF OVE ANDSNES, 1998 GILMORE ARTIST

“ANDSNES has entered an elite circle of pianistic stardom. When he sits in front of the keyboard..., extraordinary things happen.” — Jeremy Eichler, The New York Times

With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, celebrated Norwegian pianist LEIF OVE ANDSNES will hold the Chenery audience spellbound as he performs Nielsen, Sibelius, Schubert, Widmann, and Beethoven.
Mon 4/30/18 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium Leif Ove Andsnes


2018 Festival | LAWRENCE BROWNLEE; JUSTINA LEE
2018 Festival | LAWRENCE BROWNLEE; JUSTINA LEE

LAWRENCE BROWNLEE, America’s premier bel canto tenor, was named Male Singer of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards. His voice, praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression...perfectly suited to the early 19th-century operas of Rossini and Donizetti,” has brought him to the top of the opera world.

BROWNLEE will sing various works from Rossini to Strauss, and will end his performance with a selection of spirituals. Accompanying BROWNLEE will be JUSTINA LEE on piano.
Tue 5/1/18 2:00PM Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo Lawrence Brownlee;
Justina Lee


2018 Festival | INGRID FLITER; KATHERINE CHI
2018 Festival | INGRID FLITER; KATHERINE CHI

2006 Gilmore Artist INGRID FLITER performs with KATHERINE CHI in a two-pianos/four-hands recital. CHI was the first Canadian and the first woman to win Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition, and she gave memorable performances at the last two Gilmore Festivals.

A Festival regular since 2006, FLITER has won the admiration and hearts of audiences here and around the world for her passionate yet thoughtful and sensitive music-making performed with seemingly effortless technique. Their program includes Schubert’s monumental Fantasy, D. 940.
Tue 5/1/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Ingrid Fliter &
Katherine Chi


2018 Festival | KIRILL GERSTEIN, 2010 GILMORE ARTIST
2018 Festival | KIRILL GERSTEIN, 2010 GILMORE ARTIST

2010 Gilmore Artist KIRILL GERSTEIN displays a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and styles. A local audience favorite, he has proven to be one of today’s most intriguing and versatile musicians.

His early training and experience in jazz expands his expressive musical personality. GERSTEIN'S recital includes works by Bach, Debussy, Chopin, and the rarely-heard Sonata No. 3 of Schumann.

Prior to his solo recital at the Dalton Center on May 4, GERSTEIN will take advantage of the intimate setting of Wellspring Theater to perform several works by composers who wrote pieces in response to the World Wars, including an unusual work by Nazi concentration camp victim Viktor Ullmann for narrator and solo piano.
Wed 5/2/18 2:00PM Wellspring Theater Kirill Gerstein
Fri 5/4/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Kirill Gerstein


2018 Festival | BENJAMIN GROSVENOR
2018 Festival | BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

British pianist BENJAMIN GROSVENOR is increasingly recognized internationally for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. Last here on the Gilmore’s Rising Stars Series, GROSVENOR is renowned for his distinctive sound, described as “poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch” (The Independent, London).

He will perform Bach, Brahms, Debussy, and more.
Wed 5/2/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Benjamin
Grosvenor


2018 Festival | LATE NIGHT WITH LEONARD BERNSTEIN
2018 Festival | LATE NIGHT WITH LEONARD BERNSTEIN

A well-known “night owl” for whom night was a time for creativity, friendship, and fun, the iconic LEONARD BERNSTEIN loved to work at late hours, often entertaining friends and guests far into the night and dazzling them with charismatic performances across a wide spectrum of musical styles.

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein, hosted by his daughter JAMIE and featuring pianists JOHN MUSTO and MICHAEL BORISKIN with acclaimed soprano AMY BURTON, is an affectionate, multimedia portrait of the personal side of this monumental public figure whose centennial we are celebrating at the Festival.
Thu 5/3/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Late Night with
Leonard Bernstein


2018 Festival | MICHAEL BROWN
2018 Festival | MICHAEL BROWN

“One of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” — The New York Times

A prior performer on the Gilmore’s Rising Stars Series, MICHAEL BROWN continues the Leonard Bernstein 100th birthday celebration with selected solo works by Bernstein and other Bernstein-related pieces, including two of BROWN'S own written in Bernstein’s honor.

Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, BROWN has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano).
Fri 5/4/18 2:00PM Wellspring Theater Michael Brown


2018 Festival | JAZZ CLUB: Dr. LONNIE SMITH
2018 Festival | JAZZ CLUB: Dr. LONNIE SMITH

“A riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” — JazzTimes magazine

Dr. LONNIE SMITH is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer, and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on 70-plus albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues, and R&B giants in the industry.

Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise that he has a truly worldwide fan base. He will perform here with his quartet.
Sun 5/6/18 4:00PM Williams Theatre Dr. Lonnie Smith
Sun 5/6/18 7:00PM Williams Theatre Dr. Lonnie Smith


2018 Festival | EMMET COHEN TRIO
2018 Festival | EMMET COHEN TRIO

Our Noon Series opens with the multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer EMMET COHEN, one of the younger generation’s pivotal artistic figures.

DownBeat magazine praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” COHEN will perform with his jazz trio.
Mon 5/7/18 12:00PM Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Emmet Cohen Trio
Tue 5/8/18 12:00PM W.K. Kellogg Foundation Emmet Cohen Trio


2018 Festival | JEREMY SISKIND & JUSTIN KAUFLIN
2018 Festival | JEREMY SISKIND & JUSTIN KAUFLIN

Formerly a faculty member at Western Michigan University’s School of Music, pianist and composer JEREMY SISKIND returns to Kalamazoo for a Noon Series concert with New York-based jazz pianist JUSTIN KAUFLIN. SISKIND is a leader of the “house concert” movement, having performed in 100 homes in 25 states since 2012.

KAUFLIN has been totally blind since age 11. He learned five grades of Braille and cane mobility while simultaneously taking AP classes in high school and attending the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia, graduating at the top of both classes. KAUFLIN began performing jazz professionally at age 15.
Mon 5/7/18 12:00PM W.K. Kellogg Foundation Jeremy Siskind &
Justin Kauflin
Wed 5/9/18 12:00PM Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Jeremy Siskind &
Justin Kauflin


2018 Festival | ELLIOT WUU, 2018 GILMORE YOUNG ARTIST
2018 Festival | ELLIOT WUU, 2018 GILMORE YOUNG ARTIST

In addition to his recent Gilmore Young Artist Award, ELLIOT WUU was awarded first prize in the 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists and was named a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

He is currently studying with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School and is earning a reputation for being “...an unbelievable talent... with powerful musical gifts.” (therepublic.com)
Mon 5/7/18 2:00PM Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo Elliot Wuu, 2018 GYA


2018 Festival | BEN BEILMAN & ORION WEISS
2018 Festival | BEN BEILMAN & ORION WEISS

Here is a duo you don’t want to miss – up-and-coming star violinist BENJAMIN BEILMAN and 2000 Gilmore Young Artist and Festival favorite, ORION WEISS.

A 2007 Stulberg Gold Medalist, BEILMAN has garnered praise in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, and WEISS’ deeply-felt and exceptionally-crafted performances have won him worldwide acclaim.
Mon 5/7/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Benjamin Beilman
& Orion Weiss


2018 Festival | JAMES FRANCIES TRIO
2018 Festival | JAMES FRANCIES TRIO

“He has the passion, creativity and ability to be a real leader amongst his generation.” — Taylor Eigsti

JAMES FRANCIES is the youngest recipient of the American Federation of Musicians President’s Youth Award, and DownBeat magazine has already recognized him twice for Composition and Jazz Arrangement.

His band opened for the legendary Jazz Crusaders reunion, and he has performed at many festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival. Grammy-nominated pianist TAYLOR EIGSTI describes FRANCIES as “poised to become a major voice on the instrument.”
Tue 5/8/18 12:00PM Kalamazoo Civic Theatre James Francies Trio
Wed 5/9/18 12:00PM W.K. Kellogg Foundation James Francies Trio


2018 Festival | KIM HEINDEL, LAUTENWERK
2018 Festival | KIM HEINDEL, LAUTENWERK

What, you may ask, is a lautenwerk?! It’s a gut-stringed early version of the harpsichord (Bach owned three of them), and while none of the original instruments have survived the 18th century, keyboard artist KIM HEINDEL performs and records on a 21st-century reconstruction of this important historical keyboard instrument.

Come hear the works of Bach and his contemporary Sylvius Weiss, performed by HEINDEL in the intimacy of the Wellspring Theater.
Tue 5/8/18 2:00PM Wellspring Theater Kim Heindel, Lautenwerk


2018 Festival | PAUL LEWIS
2018 Festival | PAUL LEWIS

British pianist PAUL LEWIS returns to the Festival to perform the works of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. LEWIS is internationally regarded as a leading musician of his generation.

His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison Awards, three Gramophone Awards, and many others. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Tue 5/8/18 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU Paul Lewis


2018 Festival | IGOR LEVIT, 2018 GILMORE ARTIST
2018 Festival | IGOR LEVIT, 2018 GILMORE ARTIST

IGOR LEVIT, the 2018 Gilmore Artist Recipient, makes his debut Festival recital! Levit will perform Bach’s astonishing masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, in Stetson Chapel’s intimate and historic setting. Tickets for this performance are sure to go quickly.
Wed 5/9/18 2:00PM Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo Igor Levit, 2018 Gilmore Artist


2018 Festival | GILMORE FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH LEON FLEISHER
2018 Festival | GILMORE FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH LEON FLEISHER

The Gilmore is proudly celebrating the 90th birthday of one of the world’s greatest pianists – LEON FLEISHER. FLEISHER himself will perform the Mozart Piano Concerto K. 414, and two of his prominent students – ALON GOLDSTEIN and YURY SHADRIN – will perform the Mozart Two-Piano Concerto, K. 365.

Filling out the all-Mozart program, conducted by Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director MARCELO LEHNINGER, will be the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 35, the “Haffner.”

The Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra comprises members of both the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
Wed 5/9/18 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium Gilmore Festival
Chamber Orchestra
with Leon Fleisher


2018 Festival | NELLIE MCKAY
2018 Festival | NELLIE MCKAY

NELLIE MCKAY is a British-American singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedian, noted for her critically acclaimed albums and for her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera.

“She writes lyrics like a gonzo Cole Porter,” according to New York Nightlife magazine, “and sings like an attitudinal Peggy Lee.” See why The Washington Post declared that “this supremely gifted, charming, and darkly funny New York oddball has all the makings of the first great singer-songwriter of the young century.”
Thu 5/10/18 12:00PM Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Nellie McKay
Fri 5/11/18 12:00PM W.K. Kellogg Foundation Nellie McKay


2018 Festival | STEPHANIE TRICK & PAOLO ALDERIGHI
2018 Festival | STEPHANIE TRICK & PAOLO ALDERIGHI

STEPHANIE TRICK “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and ’30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. TRICK'S husband, PAOLO ALDERIGHI, partners with her on piano in this engaging and fast-paced performance.
Thu 5/10/18 12:00PM W.K. Kellogg Foundation Stephanie Trick
& Paolo Alderighi
Fri 5/11/18 12:00PM Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Stephanie Trick
& Paolo Alderighi


2018 Festival | THURSDAY JAZZ at BELL'S: DAVID VIRELLES NOSOTROS featuring ROMÁN DÍAZ
2018 Festival | THURSDAY JAZZ at BELL'S: DAVID VIRELLES NOSOTROS featuring ROMÁN DÍAZ

“A different side to the great legacy of pianists that come from Cuba... He is the new school,” says BBC Radio’s Gilles Peterson.

Named “#1 Rising Star” in the Piano category in DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll in 2015, Cuban-born pianist/composer DAVID VIRELLES grew up in a musical home. He began studying music at age seven and was exposed to the rich musical traditions and the music of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Andrew Hill.
Thu 5/10/18 6:30PM Bell's Brewery David Virelles Nosotros featuring Román Díaz
Thu 5/10/18 9:00PM Bell's Brewery David Virelles Nosotros featuring Román Díaz


2018 Festival | LORI SIMS
2018 Festival | LORI SIMS

Venerable pianist LORI SIMS will present a performance in honor of distinguished composer William Bolcom’s 80th birthday. Works by Bolcom as well as his teachers Milhaud and Messiaen will be performed.

SIMS is the John T. Bernard Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, and is esteemed for her many significant performing roles in most of the Gilmore Festivals.
Fri 5/11/18 2:00PM Wellspring Theater Lori Sims


2018 Festival | SNARKY PUPPY
2018 Festival | SNARKY PUPPY

SNARKY PUPPY is a large and lively instrumental band that defies description! Comprised of some of the younger generation’s leading jazz and pop artists, the group seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with contemporary styles and innovation that has earned them three Grammy Awards.

They sum themselves up by saying they produce “music for the brain and the booty.”
Fri 5/11/18 8:00PM State Theatre SNARKY PUPPY


2018 Festival | FINALE: KALAMAZOO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with IGOR LEVIT, 2018 GILMORE ARTIST
2018 Festival | FINALE: KALAMAZOO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with IGOR LEVIT, 2018 GILMORE ARTIST

As a fitting finale to end the Festival on a high note, IGOR LEVIT, 2018 Gilmore Artist will perform Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. RAYMOND HARVEY, the orchestra’s recently-retired music director, returns to conduct this concert, which also includes William Bolcom’s First Symphony in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday!
Sat 5/12/18 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium Finale: IGOR LEVIT, 2018 Gilmore Artist with
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra