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      Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

      Saturdays at 6:00 pm

      The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is widely recognized as one of North America's finest piano music festivals. Now in its 22nd year, nearly 100 events in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan showcase new artists and some of the most celebrated keyboardists in the world.

      From classical to jazz, orchestra concerts to solo recitals, and chamber music to musical theater, the Festival continually achieves acclaim for presenting performances of the highest artistic caliber. With performances recorded at the 2012 Gilmore Festival, the radio series features Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, and Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein, as well as rising stars Vanessa Perez, Christian Sands and Gilmore Young Artists Conrad Tao, George Li and others. Exclusive interviews, at-the-piano demonstrations, and on-site recordings give a behind-the-scenes look at the artists' approach to their craft as well as exactly what it takes to put on one of the world's most magnificent music festivals.

      The first Gilmore International Keyboard Festival took place in 1991. The Festival spanned nine days and encompassed 46 musical events, including the Music Critics Institute. Now, every two years, The Gilmore presents two-plus weeks of superb piano performances, films, master classes, and lectures - nearly 100 events

      Joan Kjaer, radio series program host, began her broadcasting career at WSUI/KSUI, the public radio stations of the University of Iowa. She rose from classical music host and producer to Program Director, General Manager and Director of Broadcasting for the University of Iowa. When the state network Iowa Public Radio(IPR) was formed, Kjaer became Deputy Director, also serving as Director of Communications. She left IPR in 2009 to assume the role of Strategic Communications Officer for International Programs at the University of Iowa.

      For radio and television, Kjaer created the series "Know the Score," and later “WorldCanvass,” which is available on iTunes. She also hosted “The Glory of the Harp,” and “A Romantic Master Rediscovered: Zygmunt Stojowski” for the WFMT Radio Network.

      Program Schedule

      April 6, 2013

      Chopin: Waltz in A-Flat Major, excerpt (Richard Goode, piano)
      Liszt: Soirée de Vienne (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
      Sands: Improvisation on Rhythm Changes (Christian Sands, piano)
      Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 17, Tempest, excerpt (Richard Goode, piano)
      Chopin: Ballade No 3 in A-Flat Major (Richard Goode, piano)
      Cage: Excerpts from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (Pedja Muzijevic, prepared piano)
      Haydn: Andante with Variations in F Minor (Emanuel Ax, p)
      Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, mvts 1 & 3 (Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center members)
      Peterson: Kelly’s Blues, excerpt (Christian Sands, piano)

      April 13, 2013

      Haydn: Sonata in E-Flat Major, H XVI:52 (Imogen Cooper, piano)
      Bach: English Suite No 6, BWV 811 (Kirill Gerstein, piano)

      April 20, 2013

      Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-Flat Major, Op 22 (Conrad Tao, piano)
      Tao: Three Songs (Conrad Tao, piano)
      Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor (George Li, piano; Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, David Lockington, conductor)

      April 27, 2013

      Copland: Piano Variations (Emanuel Ax, piano)
      Gabriel Kahane: Django: Tiny Variations on a Big Dog (Jeffrey Kahane, piano)
      Poulenc: Two-Piano Concerto in D Minor (Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra; Ingrid Fliter and Vanessa Perez, pianos)
      Various: Excerpts from Diabelli Variations (Yu-Lien The, piano)

      May 4, 2013, 3:00 pm

      Beethoven: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli (Peter Serkin, piano)

      May 11, 2013

      CPE Bach: Sonata No 4 in C Minor (Leslie Tung, fortepiano)
      Beethoven: Scherzo (Richard Goode, piano)
      Debussy: Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest from Préludes (Pedja Muzijevic, piano)
      Mehldau: Variations on a Melancholy Theme (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
      Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Blues (Aaron Diehl, piano)

      May 18, 2013

      Blind Tom Wiggins: Cyclone Galop (John Davis, piano)
      Takemitsu: Far Away (Peter Serkin, piano)
      Prokofiev: Sonata No 7 in B-Flat Major (Natasha Paremski, piano)
      Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in D Major (Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra; Ingrid Fliter, piano)
      Gottschalk: The Banjo (John Davis, piano)

      May 25, 2013

      Schumann: Carnaval (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
      Bartok: Sonata, Sz 80 (George Li, piano)
      Chopin: Three Preludes from Op 28 (Alon Goldstein, piano)

      June 1, 2013

      Chopin: Ballade No 1 in G Minor (Imogen Cooper, piano)
      Various: Excerpts from Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano (Anthony de Mare, piano)
      Hersch: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky (Natasha Paremski, piano)

      June 8, 2013

      Gilmore for Kinds Feature
      Glenn Miller: I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo, excerpt
      Roach-Blake: Freedom Day (Ran Blake, piano)
      Abbey Lincoln: Throw It Away (Ran Blake, piano)
      Janacek: Sonata 1.X.1905, From the Street (Alon Goldstein, piano)
      Schumann: Kinderszenen (Richard Good, piano)
      Mozart: Piano Trio in G, K 564 (Morgenstern Trio)

      June 15, 2013

      Bach: Goldberg Variations (Lori Sims, piano)

      June 22, 2013

      Stravinsky: Three Scenes from Petrouchka (Conrad Tao, piano)
      Chopin: Nocturne in D-Flat Major (Imogen Cooper, piano)
      Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor (Morgenstern Trio)

      June 29, 2013

      Chopin: Fantasy on Polish Airs (Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra; Vanessa Perez, piano)
      Knussen: Variations, Op 24 (Peter Serkin, piano)
      Debussy: Two Preludes (George Li, piano)
      Bernstein: Piano Trio, 2nd mvt (Morgenstern Trio)
      Corea: The Visitors (Kirill Gerstein, piano; Gary Burton, vibraphone)