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Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Presented biennially and based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is internationally recognized as North America's finest piano music festival. Now in its 22nd year, nearly 100 events showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboardists in the world alongside artists just emerging on the international stage.

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.

This 13-part radio series focuses on classical music at the 2012 Gilmore Festival, featuring artists such as 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 and George Li.  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 a Music Critics Institute.

The Gilmore Keyboard Festival is set throughout West Michigan, with the main stage Festival events occurring in Kalamazoo, a city just inland from Michigan's beautiful west coast.

Now, every two years, The Gilmore presents two-plus weeks of superb piano performances - nearly 100 events. The Gilmore Keyboard Festival has become a leading American festival known the world over for celebrating the joy and power of keyboard music in concerts, lectures, master classes and films.

Broadcast Rights:  One broadcast per program before September 30, 2013.

For more information about this free series, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: or Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112,

Broadcast Schedule - Fall 2012

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-01
RELEASE:  October 1, 2012

Weber:   Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 (Kirill Gerstein, piano) (Gilmore Artist)
Poulenc:  Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano (Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center)
Haydn:   Andante with Variations in F Minor (Emanuel Ax, piano)
Cage:   Excerpts from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (Pedja Muzijevic, prepared piano)
   Excerpts from live performances and improvisation (Christian Sands, piano) 
Chopin:  Waltzes: Op. 64, No. 3 and Op. 34, No. 3 (Richard Goode, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-02
RELEASE:  October 8, 2012

Bach:   English Suite No. 6, BWV 811 (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
Haydn:   Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XV1:52 (Imogen Cooper, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-03
RELEASE:  October 15, 2012

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

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-04
RELEASE:  October 22, 2012

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

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-05
RELEASE:  October 29, 2012

Beethoven:  Excerpts from 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli (Peter Serkin, piano)
Chopin:  Excerpts from 24 Preludes for Piano (Alon Goldstein, piano)
Beethoven:  Scherzo (Richard Goode, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-06
RELEASE:  November 5, 2012

C.P.E. Bach:  Sonata No. 4 in C Minor (Leslie Tung, fortepiano)
Debussy:  Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest from Préludes (Pedja Muzijevic, piano)
Mehldua:  Variations on a Melancholy Theme (2011) (Kirill Gerstein, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-07
RELEASE:  November 12, 2012

Halley's Comet: Excerpts from Around the Piano with Mark Twain and John Davis (John Davis, piano)
Takemitsu:  Far Away (Peter Serkin, piano)
Prokofiev:  Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major (Natasha Paremski, piano)
Haydn:   Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra in D Major (Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra; Ingrid Fliter, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-08
RELEASE:  November 19, 2012

Schumann:  Carnival (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
Bartok:   Sonata, Sz. 80 (George Li, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-09
RELEASE:  November 26, 2012

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)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-10
RELEASE:  December 3, 2012

Gilmore for Kids Feature

Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen (Richard Good, piano)
Janacek:  Sonata 1.X.1905, From the Street (Alon Goldstein, piano)
various:  Excerpts from A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln (Ran Blake, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-11
RELEASE:  December 10, 2012

J.S. Bach:  Excerpts from Goldberg Variations (Lori Sims, piano)
Cage:   Selections from The Seasons (Pedja Muzijevic, piano)
Chopin:  Nocturne in D-Flat Major (Imogen Cooper, piano)
Janacek:  Good Night from On An Overgrown Path (Richard Goode, piano)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-12
RELEASE:  December 17, 2012

Stravinsky:  Three Scenes from Petrushka (Conrad Tao, piano)
Ravel:   Piano Trio in A Minor (Morgenstern Trio)

PROGRAM #:  GIL 12-13
RELEASE:  December 24, 2012

Chopin:  Fantasy on Polish Airs (Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra: Vanessa Perez, piano)
Oliver Knussen: Variations, Op. 24 (Peter Serkin, piano)
Liszt:   Soirees de Vienne, S. 427, No. 6 (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
Corea:   The Visitors (2012) (Kirill Gerstein, piano; Vary Burton, vib.)
Gershwin:  I Got Music (Kirill Gerstein, piano)