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Gilmore Keyboard Festival 2018 Calendar

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 4.14 - 4.28

Gilmore Family Concerts

For two weeks, the Gilmore presents its Family Concerts, which are fun for child and adult alike. Visit thegilmore.org for more information.

 4.21

Chasing Chopin with Alpin Hong

Little Theatre
883 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo
April 21, 7:30 p.m., $5 adults, kids free

Most pianists don’t have a background in extreme sports, martial arts and videogames, but Alpin Hong isn’t most pianists. As a true showman, he drives crowds wild with his enigmatic charm, engaging movements and uncommon humor. Now, the Michigan native is bringing Chasing Chopin to the Gilmore. It’s a unique mashup of autobiographical storytelling and dazzling piano performance, exploring personal moments through comedy, tragedy and poignancy. There’s truly nothing like it, and it’s family-friendly to boot.

 4.25

Opening Night Dinner and Performances

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
April 25, 6 p.m., $160

The 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival will kick off with an incredible celebration, featuring 2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter, the young accordion master Julien Labro, and pianist / composer Gregg Kallor.

 4.25 - 5.10

Master Classes

Throughout the festival, respected and renowned artists will work one-onone with local college piano students to “reveal the fine details of great music making.” These sessions are free and open to the public. Visit thegilmore.org for details, or see sidebar on page 19.

 4.27 - 5.13

Glitz & Glamour: Liberace!

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221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo
April 27-May 13, $30-$35
farmersalleytheatre.com

There has never been anyone quite like Wladziu Valentino Liberace. The child prodigy became the highest-paid entertainer in the world during the ’50s, known for his outrageously flamboyant showmanship and astonishing skill. At the same time, he was criticized for his loose interpretations of songs, consistently making them more dramatic than the original composer likely intended. As the late Liberace once said, “I don’t give concerts, I put on a show.” Liberace!, the one-man show presented in conjunction with Farmers Alley Theatre, explores the highs and lows of the titular star’s glamorous life. It’s a moving and entertaining tour de force, filled with a wildly diverse piano score, from Chopin to Rachmaninov to ragtime. Starring David Maiocco, Liberace! celebrates — and captures the essence of — an iconic performer like no other.

 4.26

Christian Sands Trio

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355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
April 26, 6:30 p.m. (sold out) & 9 p.m., $30

At the 2012 Gilmore Festival, Christian Sands captivated audiences with his invigorating take on standard repertoire and extensive vocabulary within the language of jazz. This year, the 28-year-old pianist returns with his trio for two shows at Bell’s Brewery. Sands is a Steinway Artist and a five-time Grammy nominee who says his music “is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” From stride to swing, bebop to fusion, Brazilian to Afro-Cuban, Sands’ use of diverse jazz styles is masterful and fluid. Sands’ 2017 major record label debut, Reach, not only exhibits his diverse technical prowess, but also an energetic flair for composition and arranging. Sands’ original songs on the record offer an innovative palette of sounds, from the precise, Iberian-tinged opener “Armando’s Song” to the moody, sci-fi odyssey “Freefall.” Trio members Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Marcus Baylor on drums contribute to the record’s spunk and spirit.

 4.27

Fliter & Friends

Wellspring Theater
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall #204, Kalamazoo
April 27, 2 p.m, $15 (sold out)

The 2006 Gilmore Artist, Ingrid Fliter, is returning to perform with clarinetist Anton Dressler, violinist David Bowlin and cello player Amir Eldan. The group will perform the Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen.

Wei Luo

First United Methodist Church
212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
April 27, 7:30 p.m., $10

This 2018 Gilmore Young Artist recipient has been playing the piano for more than a decade, and she’s not even 21 yet. Born in Shenzhen, China, Wei Luo started playing at five years old and performed her debut recital in Hong Kong at only six. Since then, she’s won numerous competitions all over her home country and the world, playing with symphonies like the Kansas City Symphony and Denver Philharmonic along the way. Luo will continue exploring her depth of core repertoire at her three solo concerts, performing pieces by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Julien Labro Quartet

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd. #3001, Kalamazoo
April 27, 8 p.m., $15-$35

The French-born Julien Labro “plays the chromatic accordion with the style and verve of a rock musician,” according to the Winnipeg Free Press, and performs in genres ranging from classical to folk and jazz. Deemed a triple threat for his work as a brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger, Labro has earned worldwide acclaim for the unique and creative artistry he brings to the stage.

Grand Rapids Symphony with Rafał Blechacz

DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
April 27, 8 p.m., $18+

It’s no small feat to take home first place in the International Chopin Piano Competition, an event that attracts the greatest talent in the world. Since doing just that in 2005, and then becoming the Gilmore Artist in 2014, Rafał Blechacz has achieved world fame in the world of music. His profound skill with Chopin’s work will be on display when he performs the composer’s first piano concerto with the Grand Rapids Symphony for two nights. The team is also performing Canto by Adam Schoenberg and Symphony No. 2, Op. 73 by Brahms.

 4.28

Nelson Freire

Chenery Auditorium
714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
April 28, 8 p.m., $18-$38

Murray Perahia was forced to cancel his entire American tour this spring, including an April 28 performance at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, due to an unexpected illness. However, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire is stepping in as his replacement. Freire has received international honors and works with orchestras all over the world, going back to age 12, when he was a finalist in the inaugural International Piano Competition of Rio de Janeiro. At 23 years old, The Times called him “the young lion of keyboard,” at his London debut. It’s been 50 years, and Freire has only grown to be more of a master pianist. For his Gilmore performance, Freire will perform pieces from Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and Albeniz.

Wei Luo

Stetson Chapel
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo
April 28, 2 p.m., $25
See April 27 entry.

Grand Rapids Symphony with Rafał Blechacz

DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
April 28, 8 p.m., $18+
See April 27 entry.

 4.29

Solo Pianist: Daniil Trifonov

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Van De Giessen Rd #3001, Kalamazoo
April 29, 2 p.m., $15–$35

“He has everything and more. … He has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” These words were spoken by legendary pianist Martha Argerich about Daniil Trifonov, shortly after his winning performance at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Argerich’s praise for the young Russian pianist has since been validated by numerous performances with the world’s most esteemed orchestras and venues, as well as recognition as Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year and two Grammy nominations. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov is consistently recognized for his diabolical yet elegant technique and transcendent artistry.

For his 2018 Festival appearance, Trifonov traverses the 20th century, playing a seminal work from each decade. The cultural and political tumult of the 20th century shook up the musical establishment, generating styles and structures that challenged traditional notions of rhythm, tonality and energy — and paved the way for the new sounds we hear today.

Trifonov’s 2018 Festival performance not only highlights the idiosyncrasies of composers like Berg, Ligeti, Stockhausen, John Adams and others, but also the vast connections and patterns among them.

Wei Luo First

Congregational Church
345 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
April 29, 4 p.m.
See April 27 entry.

Bill Charlap Trio

Williams Theatre
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
April 29, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m., $25-$35

Formed in 1997 by jazz pianist Bill Charlap, this trio is making its return to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival stage this year. Last seen in 2004, the dynamic trio is performing its own renditions of Leonard Bernstein’s songs at this performance. Called “one of the best piano trios ever” by The Guardian, the group has been nominated for three Grammy Awards since its inception, including in 2018 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Charlap is also the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival and well-known for his interpretations of American popular songs.

 4.30

Leif Ove Andsnes

Chenery Auditorium 714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo April 30, 8 p.m., $18-$38 The 1998 Gilmore Artist, Leif Ove Andsnes brings commanding technique to the stage, whether by performing recitals, chamber music or concertos in the world’s leading concert halls. The Norwegian pianist not only has honorary doctorates from The Juilliard School and Norway’s University of Bergen, but he was also inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2013. One of his most ambitious achievements so far in his career is The Beethoven Journey, a four-season focus on the master composer’s music for piano and orchestra, which took him to 108 cities. Andsnes’ performance at the festival will feature works by Beethoven and Schubert, and several of Sibelius’ lesser-known piano works.

 5.1

Lawrence Brownlee

Stetson Chapel
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo
May 1, 2 p.m., $25

Lawrence Brownlee may not pl ay piano, but his world-renowned bel canto tenor pairs perfectly with the instrument , or any instrument, for that matter. Brownlee is one of the greatest operatic singers alive, with NPR describing his voice as “an instrument of great beauty and expression.” Last year, he was name d Male Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards. This year, he’ll perform with pianist Myra Huang, singing Schumann’s poignant song cycle Dichterliebe and a new work, Cycles of My Being, depicting the experience of being a black male in America.

Ingrid Fliter & Katherine Chi

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd. #3001, Kalamazoo
May 1, 8 p.m., $15-$35

Ingrid Fliter and Katherine Chi have each become festival favorites, but have never performed together at the Gilmore. Fliter was named Gilmore Artist in 2006, raking in awards and praise for her recordings both before and after. Chi won the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition in 2000, and was described as having “a lovely knack for making each and every note sing out” by the Grand Rapids Press. The duo will perform an incredible evening of two-piano, four-hand duets.

 5.2

Kirill Gerstein

Wellspring Theater
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall #204, Kalamazoo
May 2, 2 p.m., $25

It’s been eight years since Kirill Gerstein became the 2010 Gilmore Artist, and eight years before that, he was named a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist. Since then, his rise through the ranks of classical music has only accelerated. The multifaceted Russian pianist used his prize to commission innovative new works by Timo Andres, Chick Corea, Oliver Knussen and more. At the age of 14, Gerstein became the youngest student ever to attend the Berklee College of Music, studying jazz piano. This has led to a more interpretive, energetic and expressive style in his classical playing. His Gilmore performance includes a varied repertoire, ending with the rarely heard Sonata No. 3 of Robert Schumann.

Benjamin Grosvenor

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd. #3001, Kalamazoo
May 2, 8 p.m., $15-$35

Benjamin Grosvenor has accomplished an astonishing amount for a 24-year-old, winning the BB C Young Musician Competition in 2004 and the first-ever Ronnie and Lawrence Classical Piano Prize in 2016. The Los Angeles Times said he displays “exquisite dynamic control, crisp articulation and sustained lyricism,” while The Independent described his sound as “poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humor.” His Gilmore performance showcases a diverse repertoire, including Brahms’ Four Pieces, Op. 119, Debussy’s L’apres midi d’un faune, and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, among others.

 5.3

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein

See: Birthday Celebrations on page 9.

 5.4

Michael Brown

See: Birthday Celebrations on page 9.

Elliot Wuu

Marshall High School Auditorium
701 N. Marshall Ave., Marshall
May 4, 7:30 p.m., $12 adults, $5 students

The rising star and 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Elliot Wuu has already performed all across North America, Europe and Asia; been featured on NPR’s From the Top; and won numerous awards, including being last year’s winn e r of th e Nati onal YoungAr t s Competition. Wuu’s becoming known for his colorful tones, sensitive musicality and emotional depth in his music, which will be on full display at his performance through pieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

Kirill Gerstein

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd. #3001, Kalamazoo
May 4, 8 p.m., $15-$35
See May 2 entry.

 5.5

Battle Creek Symphony w/ Wei Luo

W.K. Kellogg Auditorium
50 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek
May 5, 7:30 p.m., $8-$45

The Battle Creek Symphony will close out its season performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini with 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Wei Luo.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Chenery Auditorium
714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
May 5, 8 p.m., $25-$65

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a two - time Grammy Award-winning salsa and Latin jazz band with 13 world-class musicians, setting the standard for excellence with authentic, New York-style salsa.

 5.6

Elliot Wuu

Vicksburg Performing Arts Center
501 E. Hwy St., Vicksburg
May 6, 3 p.m., $12
See May 4 entry.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Williams Theater 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo May 6, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m., $25-$35 Dr. Lonnie Smith has been a master and guru of the B-3 organ for the past five decades, but he’s also a composer, performer and recording artist, blessed with the gift of music at an early age. Smith is credited as a forefather of acid jazz due to his interest in music outside of what many would call the mainstream of jazz. He has been winning awards since 1969, when DownBeat magazine named him Top Organist of the year. He was also named Organ Keyboardist of the Year from 2003 to 2014 by the Jazz Journalists Association. His Gilmore show will be performed as a trio, with Jonathon Kreisberg on guitar and Xavier Breaker on drums.

 5.7

Emmet Cohen Trio

Civic Auditorium
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
May 7, 12 p.m., $15

At only three years old, Emmet Cohen became a Suzuki piano student and a recognized prodigy, although his playing matured quickly and he eventually used his music as a way to make connections with audiences and other musicians. Cohen has been recognized for his piano artistry by placing first in both the Phillips Piano Competition in 2011 and the American Jazz Pianists competition in 2014. Cohen’s skillful artistry with the piano will be on display when he plays with the other members of the trio, bassist Russell Hall and drummer Evan Sherman, for two nights.

Jeremy Siskind & Justin Kauflin

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
50 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek
May 7, 12 p.m., $15

A piano duet is a special treat — twice the hands, twice the talent and, in this case, twice the performances. Jeremy Siskind was once a faculty member at Western Michigan University, but the pianist and composer has since gone on to win major competitions and lead the “house concert” movement, performing in 100 homes since 2012. Meanwhile, Justin Kauflin is a pianist, composer and producer mentored by legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, as depicted in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. Kauflin began performing jazz professionally at 15 years old, just four years after losing his eyesight completely.

Elliot Wuu

Stetson Chapel
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo
May 7, 2 p.m., $25
See May 4 entry.

Benjamin Beilman and Orion Weiss

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd. #3001, Kalamazoo
May 7, 8 p.m., $15-$35

Pianist Orion Weiss has been winning awards as a young artist for more than a decade, having been named a 2000 G ilmore Young Artist and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010. It’s no wonder Weiss is one of the most soughtafter soloists and young American musicians of his generation. As part of a new generation of classical artists, Weiss pursues the use of cross-genre collaborations. Joining him in this performance is violinist Benjamin Beilman, who is recognized as one of the fastest-rising stars of his generation. For the Gilmore performance, this duo will play a Beethoven sonata as well as a new work commissioned by Frederic Rzewski specifically for them.

 5.8

James Francies Trio

Civic Auditorium
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
May 8, 12 p.m., $15

James Francies is a star on the rise, still generating buzz while performing with artists like The Roots, Julian Lage, Joel Frahm and more. DownBeat magazine has recognized him twice for composition and jazz arrangement, and The New York Times wrote of a “liquid dynamism in his touch.” Francies enjoys performing with all kinds of collaborators, especially hip hop and jazz, performing on Chance The Rapper’s hit single, No Problem, which won two Grammy Awards in 2017. Now, he’s bringing his melodic and insightful styling to the Gilmore, along with bassist Bill Muter and drummer Jeremy Dutton.

Emmet Cohen Trio

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
50 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek
May 8, 12 p.m., $15
See May 7 entry.

Lautenwerk: Kim Heindel

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359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
May 8, 2 p.m., $15

Ah yes, the lautenwerk, an instrument we all know and love. Who are we kidding? Almost no one knows what a lautenwerk is! But once you hear it in the hands of Kim Heindel, you’ll come to love it, at least.

The lautenwerk is also known as the lute-harpsichord, and that’s exactly what it sounds like. The keyboard instrument is very similar in structure to a harpsichord, but has gut strings rather than metal. Bach might have invented the lautenwerk and owned at least two, but none of the originals have survived, so Heindel performs on a reconstruction he commissioned himself. Critics have praised his interpretations as “instinctive and utterly right for each piece” (American Record Guide) and “exquisitely performed” (The American Organist). This is your chance to hear some of Bach’s greatest works the way they were meant to be heard.

Paul Lewis

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Van De Giessen Rd. #3001, Kalamazoo
May 8, 8 p.m., $15-$35

Not everyone can call themselves Commander of the Order of the British Empire, but British pianist Paul Lewis earned the right after being appointed in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Lewis is regarded internationally as a leading musician of his generation. His career in recital has brought him to venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, Tonhalle Zurich, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Melbourne’s Recital Centre and the Sydney Opera House, among others. Lewis returns to the Gilmore Festival for a solo recital, where he will play music by some of his favorite composers: Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.

 5.9

Jeremy Siskind & Justin Kauflin

Civic Auditorium
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
May 9, 12 p.m., $15
See May 7 entry.

James Francies Trio

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
50 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek
May 9, 12 p.m., $15
See May 8 entry.

Igor Levit

Stetson Chapel
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo
May 9, 2 p.m., $30

Igor Levit is the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award recipient, having made his debut with the Gilmore only two years prior in the Rising Star Series. The Los Angeles Times said, “He moves as though he is made of rubber … stretching and contracting as he plays.” At Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009, Levit completed his piano studies with the highest scores in academics and performance in the history of the institute. Levit will make his debut Gilmore Festival solo appearance at the Gilmore Festival as the 2018 Gilmore Artist, playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988.

Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra

With Leon Fleisher, Alon Goldstein, Yury Shadrin and Marcelo Lehninger
See: Birthday Celebrations on page 9.

 5.10

Nellie McKay

Civic Auditorium
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
May 10, 12 p.m., $15

Few, if any, performers are as unique as the British- American singer-songwriter. Nellie McKay is a former stand-up comedian, a recipient of a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award, and an actress, but on top of all that, she plays the piano and ukulele. Her humor and social commentary as a vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other issues can often be found in her songs. New York Nightlife magazine said,“She writes lyrics like a gonzo Cole Porter and sings like an attitudinal Peggy Lee.”

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
50 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek
May 10, 12 p.m., $15

When it comes to stride, Stephanie Trick is in the top of her class. The Harlem stride piano style was huge in the ’20s and ’30s, with roots in swing and ragtime but more demanding, with more improvisation and movement — especially in the left hand. Trick is inspired by the greats of old, such as Dick Hyman and Fats Waller, channeling their spirit but with an immense talent of her own. This year, she’ll perform with her husband and fellow pianist, Paolo Alderighi, for an especially engaging and fast-paced concert.

David Virelles Nosotros

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
May 10, 6:30 & 9 p.m., $30

Cuban-born pianist and composer David Virelles has caught the attention of critics around the world, having been named the #1 Rising Star by DownBeat magazine in 2015. With influences like Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, Virelles’ albums are full of life and soul. His 2014 release, Mbòkó, ended up on Best of the Year lists from The New York Times, NPR, The Village Voice and others. He’ll be performing with Roman Diaz, a master percussionist.

 5.11

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

Civic Auditorium
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
May 11, 12 p.m., $15
See May 10 entry.

Nellie McKay

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
50 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek
May 11, 12 p.m., $15
See May 10 entry.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra w/ Elliot Wuu

Wharton Center for Performing Arts
750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing
May 11, 8 p.m.

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will close out its 2017-2018 season with 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Elliot Wuu performing Rachmanin ov’s se con d piano concerto, as well as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Lori Sims

See: Birthday Celebrations on page 9.

Jazz/Funk: Snarky Puppy

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404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
May 11, 8 p.m., $39-$49

It’s hard to put a label on Snarky Puppy, but that’s OK — we don’t need to. All you do need to know is that the jazz/pop/R&B/fusion/blues/etc. quasi-collective big band won three Grammy’s in four years, both for R&B performance and pop instrumental album. Its members come from all around the globe, spanning Japan, Argentina, Canada, Europe and more. The group’s live performances are electrifying, having as many performers as necessary onstage and all vibing perfectly together. It’s fun, it’s innovation, it’s collaboration. As Snarky Puppy puts it: “It’s music for the brain and the booty.”

 5.12

Gilmore Festival Finale

Chenery Auditorium
714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
May 12, 8 p.m., $35-$65

As the 2018 Gilmore Artist, Igor Levit is the name on everyone’s lips this year, so it only makes sense the festival would go out with him at the keys. The Russian-German pianist will close out the night with the Piano Concerto No. 4 from Beethoven, a favorite composer of his. Levit’s debut album of the last five Beethoven sonatas won awards from all over, including BB C Music, the Royal Philharmonic Society and ECHO Klassik. Performing with Levit is the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, joined by its director emeritus, Raymond Harvey, who left not too long ago. Together, they will also perform Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, inspired by Beethoven’s cantata of the same title, and Symphony No. 1 by William Bolcom, a much-honored composer and pianist who taught composition at the University of Michigan for 35 years.

 Master Classes

Throughout the festival, respected and renowned artists will work one-onone with local college piano students to “reveal the fine details of great music making.” These sessions are free and open to the public. Visit thegilmore. org for more details.

Wellspring Theater

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall # 204, Kalamazoo

Rafał Blechacz, April 25, 10 a.m.
Ingrid Fliter, April 28, 10 a.m.
Leon Fleisher, May 10, 9:30 a.m.

Dalton Multimedia Room

Van De Giessen Rd #3001, Kalamazoo

Bill Charlap, April 30, 10 a.m.

Dalton Center Recital Hall

Van De Giessen Rd #3001, Kalamazoo

Leif Ove Andsnes, May 1, 10 a.m.
Katherine Chi, May 2, 10 a.m.
Lori Sims, May 3, 10 a.m.
Kirill Gerstein, May 5, 10 a.m.
Orion Weiss, May 7, 9:30 a.m.
Igor Levit, May 8, 9:30 a.m.
Paul Lewis, May 9, 9:30 a.m.

 Gilmore Keyboard Festival Film Series

The Gilmore is showcasing six films this year, all telling the tales of piano legends or illuminating lesser-known figures in the world of keyboard music. Admission is free, and seating is first-come, first-served. Each showing starts at noon at the Mary Jane Stryker Theater in the Kalamazoo Valley Museum (230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo).

Zuzana: Music is Life

April 30

This documentary tells the story of Zuzana Ruzickova, a harpsichordist who became world famous after surviving three concentration camps during the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

Keep On Keepin’ On

May 1

Clark Terr y was a jazz legend, performing in Duke Ellington and Count Basie’s bands, and mentoring Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano prodigy appearing at this year’s festival.

The Gilmore 2004: In the Key of G

May 2

A documentary from 2004 giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Gilmore Festival, from rehearsals to backstage nerves and final performances. It captures the personalities, artistry and drama of the festival.

Abbey Lincoln: You Gotta Pay the Band

May 3

Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln grew up in Kalamazoo before beginning a career as a movie actress, civil rights activist and eminent jazz artist. The film interweaves shots from special performances and recording sessions with interviews of Lincoln and those who know her.

Double Feature: Warsaw Is My Name & Omnibus

Warsaw Is My Name is a short film conceived and directed by 2002 Gilmore Artist Piotr Anderszewski, unfolding with images of Warsaw and a slight narrative. Then, this Omnibus entry focuses on Leonard Bernstein and his down-to-earth analysis of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

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