The Gilmore

Pre-concert talk begins at 7:00 PM. Free to ticket holders.

One of the most important concerts of the 2014 Festival features our 2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz performing Mozart’s piano concerto No. 24 in C minor and Beethoven’s innovative third piano concerto with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Raymond Harvey. One of the highlights of the 2014 Festival and not to be missed!


Schubert Overture in the Italian Style in D Major, D. 590
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Program Notes (PDF, 20 KB)

2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz

Rafal Blechacz

2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz has been praised as “one of the pianistic giants of our time” (The Sunday Times). This Polish pianist has been recognized for his intelligent and expressive interpretations of Chopin’s works, his abundant virtuosity and profound musicianship have incited equal acclaim for his performances of works by an increasingly wide range of composers, from Bach to Szymanowski.

In 2005, Blechacz was named the uncontested winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition – the first Polish musician to win the competition in 30 years. He has performed in Europe, Japan and North America, building critical acclaim and a huge following among piano aficionados.

Raymond Harvey

Raymond Harvey

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has been under the direction of Maestro Raymond Harvey since 1999. Harvey is known not only as conductor, but also as a gifted pianist and an engaging teacher and lecturer.

Born in New York City, Harvey studied piano and conducting, earning degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music. Harvey was music director of the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and the Fresno Philharmonic in California prior to coming to Kalamazoo. He served as music director of the El Paso Opera in Texas for 15 years.