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2018-2019 Fontana | AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS
2018-2019 Fontana | AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS

“Saxophonist Marsalis leads one of the most cohesive, intense small jazz ensembles on the scene today.” – Associated Press

NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, and Tony Award nominee BRANFORD MARSALIS is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time.

Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, MARSALIS takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent.
Fri 10/26/18 7:30PM Cityscape Events AN EVENING WITH
BRANFORD MARSALIS


2018-2019 Fontana | KATE LINDSEY, mezzo-soprano; BAPTISTE TROTIGNON, piano
2018-2019 Fontana | KATE LINDSEY, mezzo-soprano; BAPTISTE TROTIGNON, piano

“It’s not the size of Lindsey’s voice that impresses me the most... It’s the way she colors every line emotionally... She is fearless.” – Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene

Closing the distance between classical music and Broadway, between the old and new worlds, between opera and jazz... Thousands of Miles is born out of an encounter between KATE LINDSEY and jazz pianist BAPTISTE TROTIGNON.

The journey through three European languages brings the listener to the very beginnings of jazz and features new arrangements and deft improvisations by the award-winning TROTIGNON.
Sat 11/3/18 7:30PM Wellspring Theater KATE LINDSEY, mezzo-soprano;
BAPTISTE TROTIGNON, piano


2018-2019 Fontana | CYRUS CHESTNUT & FRIENDS
2018-2019 Fontana | CYRUS CHESTNUT & FRIENDS

“His brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era... multifaceted and dynamic...” – The New York Times

Jazz pianist CYRUS CHESTNUT knows a good thing when he hears it, and the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas, set forth so eloquently by the Vince Guaraldi Trio decades ago, is one of them. CHESTNUT will prove as inventive as always, playing with lighthearted wit and lyrical sophistication.
Sat 12/8/18 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU CYRUS CHESTNUT
& FRIENDS


2018-2019 Fontana | CURTIS ON TOUR
2018-2019 Fontana | CURTIS ON TOUR

Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 200 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Enjoy a night of music performed by rising stars from one of the finest music conservatories in the world – The Curtis Institute of Music. These amazing musicians will perform operatic and American songbook selections as well as the much-loved Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Fri 2/22/19 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU CURTIS ON TOUR


2018-2019 Fontana | JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
2018-2019 Fontana | JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET

“The Juilliard still plays, magically, like a single four-voiced instrument, and the music it makes sounds like the most natural and inevitable thing in the world.” – Broad Street Review

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world with its performances.

Founded in 1946, and widely known as “the quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement with the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works – a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.
Sat 3/16/19 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU JUILLIARD
STRING
QUARTET


2018-2019 Fontana | CAMERATA RCO
2018-2019 Fontana | CAMERATA RCO

“...sophisticated, expressive music making with a precision ensemble as snug as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.”
– The Washington Post

Camerata RCO is a unique ensemble. They are all members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and enjoy playing in the orchestra tremendously. However, they like to expand this joy by playing together in a more intimate ensemble as well.
Thu 4/18/19 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU CAMERATA RCO


2018-2019 Fontana | SPECIAL EVENT: THE SPRING QUARTET
2018-2019 Fontana | SPECIAL EVENT: THE SPRING QUARTET

“This is one supergroup that adds up to more than the sum of its chops.” – The Boston Globe

The Arts Desk described The Spring Quartet as “An expansive, freewheeling rampage, ideas flying out like sparks from a roaring fire....” Fontana is thrilled to bring this all-star lineup to Kalamazoo.

Grammy Award winner, drummer, and composer JACK DEJOHNETTE knows the multifaceted worlds of jazz and jazz-rock as thoroughly as anyone alive.

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” Grammy Award winning saxophone giant JOE LOVANO has distinguished himself as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music.

ESPERANZA SPALDING has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre-bending composer, bassist and vocalist.

Argentinian pianist LEONARDO GENOVESE has established a solid reputation as an instrumentalist and composer who is not afraid to explore the lesser known corners of the musical landscape.

This performance is not one to miss. Get your tickets soon!
Sat 5/4/19 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU THE
SPRING
QUARTET


2018-2019 Fontana | NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC QUARTET
2018-2019 Fontana | NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC QUARTET

“...cohesiveness, balance, perfect intonation, and a refreshing non-theatrical stage presence.”
– Palm Beach Daily News

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four principal musicians from the orchestra: Concertmaster FRANK HUANG, Principal Associate Concertmaster SHERYL STAPLES, Principal Viola CYNTHIA PHELPS, and Principal Cello CARTER BREY. The group was formed in January 2017, during the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season.
Sat 5/11/19 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU NEW YORK
PHILHARMONIC
QUARTET