Randall Scarlata, baritone • Gilbert Kalish, piano
“A triumph…this baritone has the vocal wherewithal to do just about anything he wants.” —The Boston Globe
A prominent focus in the Farmers Alley Theatre production of Old Wicked Songs is Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love). Pianist Gilbert Kalish accompanies baritone Randall Scarlata performing this magnificent song cycle and other works by Schumann.
Thursday, May 1, 8 PM Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo | $20 general admission
“The eighth notes seemed to spill from the piano like jewels from a treasure chest.” —Huffington Post
André Watts burst upon the music world at 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to perform with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts. More than 50 years later, Watts has performed all over the world, has been awarded the National Medal of Arts, and has even appeared on the beloved program Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood to talk with children about music. He is making his first solo recital appearance in Kalamazoo since 2000 presenting a rich program of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Scarlatti, Debussy and Liszt.
This activity is supported in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.
“It is an audacious, irresistible idea to have that many pianos onstage at one time. So it’s just icing on the cake when the musicians are as individually accomplished as Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell.” —The New York Times
Grand Band has garnered praise for delivering electrifying performances of new and contemporary music for six pianos following its debut in 2012 at the Bang on a Can Marathon in a performance of Steve Reich’s epic Six Pianos. In a program on May 7, consisting exclusively of contemporary music including Reich’s Six Pianos, the group will premiere two new works—one by Michael Gordon commissioned by The Gilmore and Bell’s Brewery, and one by group member Paul Kerekes.
Wednesday, May 7, 8 PM Dalton Center Recital Hall, Kalamazoo | $30, $20, $10