Guest Artists Highlight Music Department Concerts

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Pianist Natalia Kazaryan will perform on Saturday with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia.

The Kalamazoo College Music Department is hosting two upcoming concerts with renowned guest artists.

First, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia will feature a pianist and a piece she recorded with the Philharmonia that will be included in an upcoming independent film. Together, they will perform Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, chosen for The sounds of silenceat 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dalton Theatre.

The film, due out later this year, revolves around a pianist at an international competition and her struggles with the pressures of her art. The concerto was chosen for the film because it was Rachmaninoff’s first work after a long compositional drought brought on by poor reviews of his First Symphony, reflecting the struggles of the character himself.

The Philharmonia, with conductor and director of the music department Andrew Koehler, brings together students, teachers, amateur musicians and professional musicians of various ages to perform symphonic music. Tickets for this concert will be available at the door. Students cost $2 and adults $5. Kalamazoo College students will be admitted free of charge.

The second guest concert will feature the Spektral Quartet, a three-time Grammy-nominated group known for their interactive concert formats in close atmospheres. The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Stetson Chapel.

The show will feature nine new works: a string quartet composed by Bernard Rands, as well as a series of short pieces written by members of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium (C3) in response to Bernard’s new work. C3 composers include Larry Axelrod, Kyong Mee Choi, Timothy Dwight Edwards, Kathleen Ginther, Martha Horst, Timothy Ernest Johnson, Laura Schwendinger and Elizabeth Start.

Attendees can purchase tickets on the Connecting Chords Music Festival website and at the door paying what they can with a suggested price of $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for 25 year olds and less. All seats are general admission.

Masks and proof of vaccination will be required for admission to both shows. For more information, email [email protected] or call 269.337.7070.

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