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Review: Zhang Zuo delights and inspires with ease

The Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s Rising Stars series continued on Sunday evening with a stellar performance by Zhang Zuo, also known as “Zee Zee,” at the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo. Rising Stars seeks to offer a chance to see promising performers before their international breakthroughs, and if the audience learned anything from Zuo’s performance, it’s that she’s definitely one to keep an eye on. Zuo played a 90-minute program that was a bit different than originally planned, beginning the

Review: Nikita Mndoyants brings beauty and intensity to Gilmore Rising Stars

The Gilmore Keyboard Festival welcomed Russian piano virtuoso Nikita Mndoyants to the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo on Sunday evening for the third installment of its Rising Stars series. Rising Stars offers an opportunity to see small recitals from up-and-coming artists in the world of classical piano, and 29-year-old Mndoyants performed for a full house clearly eager to enjoy his talents in such an intimate setting. Mndoyants performed three piano sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms alon

Review: Lehninger, Thibaudet, and the Musical Saw: A Grand Rapids Symphony Dream Team

The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra brought to life its second classical performance of the season on Friday night. The program’s main attraction was Aram Khachaturian’s Concerto for Piano in D-Flat Major, which promised a live musical saw and an impressive performance by acclaimed guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Themed around “Scheherazade,” the program brought together three distinct pieces of different styles: Carl Maria von Weber’s brief, effervescent Overture to Abu Hassan; Khachaturian

Review: Luca Buratto’s passionate interpretations enchant the season’s first Gilmore audience

The Gilmore kicked off its 2018-2019 season on Sunday evening with the first performance from its Rising Stars series. Italian concert pianist Luca Buratto impressed a near-full house at the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo with a century-spanning selection from his repertoire. Buratto's dramatic, enthusiastic playing style was a delight to watch in and of itself; he performed for an hour and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission, including a beautiful encore piece that had audience members c

Review: Wei Luo dazzles alongside a jubilant Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra

2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award winner Wei Luo impressed yet another Gilmore audience on Saturday night, this time accompanied by the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in downtown Battle Creek. The BCSO's program featured a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's “Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36, ” followed by a piece by Rachmaninoff on which Luo was the featured guest pianist. After an intermission, the Orchestra closed out the night (sans piano) with a performance of

Review: Leif Ove Andsnes champions the hidden gems of classical piano

On Monday night, 1998 Gilmore Artist Award winner Leif Ove Andsnes astonished and delighted a modest crowd among the gilded trim and glittering chandeliers of Kalamazoo's Chenery Auditorium. The Norwegian pianist brought intensity and flair to a repertoire of lesser-known and underappreciated compositions by Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius and Franz Schubert, along with a fresh interpretation of a Beethoven sonata and a contemporary piece by Jörg Widmann. After receiving a standing ovation, Andsnes