2020 Festival Events

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Running from Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, May 10 the Festival will feature more than 100 concerts and events and nearly 40 pianists. Highlights include performances by 2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste, megastar soprano Renée Fleming performing with renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin, the hugely talented Pink Martini, and rising jazz star Emmet Cohen.

Learn more about the concerts, the music, the artists, and all of those special “Only At The Gilmore” details that make the Festival one of the most hotly-anticipated musical events of the year.

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Exceptional Experiences

Renée Fleming and Evgeny Kissin

Exceptional Experiences

04/15/2020 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium

An Iconic Collaboration Legendary soprano Renée Fleming and piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin collaborate for a sensational, once-in-a-lifetime recital performance. The […]

Opening Night Dinner and Pablo Ziegler in Concert

Exceptional Experiences

04/22/2020 6:00PM Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Up Close and Personal with the Master of Tango Opening Dinner and Concert A delightful kickoff to the Festival, beginning […]

Jon Batiste

Exceptional Experiences

05/03/2020 7:00PM Chenery Auditorium

Jon Batiste is a musician, educator, bandleader, and television personality best known as the bandleader for The Late Show with […]

Pink Martini

Exceptional Experiences

05/08/2020 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium

Few ensembles are as wildly entertaining as this hugely talented ensemble that crosses genres of classical, jazz, and pop to […]

A Celebration of Beethoven

Yefim Bronfman

A Celebration of Beethoven

04/25/2020 8:00PM Chenery Auditorium

Beethoven the Titan Mr. Bronfman, a virtuoso pianist known for his commanding technique, strength, and intensity, applies his extraordinary artistic […]

Jonathan Biss

A Celebration of Beethoven

05/03/2020 2:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Beethoven the Thinker In this solo piano recital, and an accompanying lecture on May 2, Beethoven expert Jonathan Biss leads […]

Igor Levit, 2018 Gilmore Artist

A Celebration of Beethoven

05/08/2020 2:00PM Stetson Chapel

Beethoven the Humanist Mr. Levit performs an all-Beethoven program, including the “Hammerklavier” Sonata, one of the most astonishing works ever […]

Solo Piano Recitals

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Solo Piano Recitals

04/26/2020 2:00PM Stetson Chapel

Mozart’s Piano In a rare opportunity to hear classical works performed on period instruments, Mr. Bezuidenhout performs works by Mozart […]

Alexander Ullman

Solo Piano Recitals

04/27/2020 2:00PM Wellspring Theater

Beethoven’s Joie de Vivre Mr. Ullman performs Beethoven’s virtuosic “Waldstein” Sonata, a work that is full of life, humor, and […]

Sergei Babayan

Solo Piano Recitals

04/30/2020 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

The Exquisite Art of Chopin As composed by Frédéric Chopin, the mazurka – a short, simple country dance – becomes […]

Beatrice Rana

Solo Piano Recitals

05/06/2020 2:00PM Wellspring Theater

Igor Stravinsky’s magical puppet Petrushka comes to life and death under the poetic artistry of Beatrice Rana at the conclusion […]

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

Misha Galant, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

04/23/2020 2:00PM Stetson Chapel

Mr. Galant has won prizes at multiple important competitions, including both the 2015 Van Cliburn Junior Competition and Eastman Young […]

Misha Galant, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

04/24/2020 7:30PM First United Methodist Church

Mr. Galant has won prizes at multiple important competitions, including both the 2015 Van Cliburn Junior Competition and Eastman Young […]

Maxim Lando, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

04/26/2020 2:00PM Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Mr. Lando’s concerts and collaborations have brought him to the international stage quickly and decisively. At the age of 14 […]

Misha Galant, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

04/26/2020 4:00PM First Congregational Church

Mr. Galant has won prizes at multiple important competitions, including both the 2015 Van Cliburn Junior Competition and Eastman Young […]

Maxim Lando, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

05/01/2020 7:30PM Franke Center for the Arts

Mr. Lando’s concerts and collaborations have brought him to the international stage quickly and decisively. At the age of 14 […]

Maxim Lando, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist

Gilmore Young Artist Recitals

05/04/2020 2:00PM Stetson Chapel

Mr. Lando’s concerts and collaborations have brought him to the international stage quickly and decisively. At the age of 14 […]

Blissfully Baroque

Angela Hewitt

Blissfully Baroque

04/28/2020 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

A Bach Odyssey In 2016, the great Angela Hewitt set out to perform all of the keyboard works of J.S. […]

Alexandre Tharaud

Blissfully Baroque

05/01/2020 8:00PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Music From the Grand Court of Versailles French pianist Alexandre Tharaud performs the lush and lively music that captivated kings […]

Apollo’s Fire

Blissfully Baroque

05/05/2020 7:30PM Stetson Chapel

A program of baroque orchestra music inspired by the raucous coffeehouse concerts led by Bach in 18th-century Leipzig. Listen for […]

Orchestra Concerts

Grand Rapids Symphony

Orchestra Concerts

04/19/2020 6:30PM DeVos Performance Hall

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor Orli Shaham, 1996 Gilmore Young Artist, piano Orli Shaham returns to the Festival to collaborate with Mr. […]

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

04/25/2020 7:30PM George E. Potter Center

Jackson Symphony Orchestra Matthew Aubin, conductor Elliot Wuu, 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, piano Vive la France 2018 Gilmore Young Artist […]

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

05/02/2020 7:30PM W. K. Kellogg Auditorium

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra Anne Harrigan, conductor Misha Galant, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist, piano 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Misha Galant […]

Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

05/06/2020 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

A Celebration of Piano and Strings Musicians from the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Julian Kuerti, conductor […]

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

05/08/2020 7:30PM Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, conductor Maxim Lando, 2020 Gilmore Young Artist, piano 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Maxim Lando performs Camille Saint-Saëns’s second […]

Festival Finale | Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

05/10/2020 4:00PM Chenery Auditorium

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Julian Kuerti, conductor Igor Levit, 2018 Gilmore Artist, piano The Festival arrives at a splendid conclusion with […]

Jazz

Svetlana and The Delancey Five

Jazz

04/23/2020 6:30PM Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Svetlana and The Delancey Five take you straight to the best party ever, seamlessly moving from sophisticated tender tones to […]

Svetlana and The Delancey Five

Jazz

04/23/2020 9:00PM Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Svetlana and The Delancey Five take you straight to the best party ever, seamlessly moving from sophisticated tender tones to […]

Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Jazz

04/24/2020 6:30PM Williams Theatre

Pablo Ziegler, piano Hector del Curto, bandoneon Claudio Ragazzi, guitar Take the nearly mathematical precision of a tango, marry it […]

Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Jazz

04/24/2020 9:00PM Williams Theatre

Pablo Ziegler, piano Hector del Curto, bandoneon Claudio Ragazzi, guitar Take the nearly mathematical precision of a tango, marry it […]

Aaron Diehl Trio

Jazz

04/29/2020 6:30PM Williams Theatre

Aaron Diehl, piano Paul Sikivie, bass Quincy Davis, drums Aaron Diehl is one of those artists who can do it […]

Aaron Diehl Trio

Jazz

04/29/2020 9:00PM Williams Theatre

Aaron Diehl, piano Paul Sikivie, bass Quincy Davis, drums Aaron Diehl is one of those artists who can do it […]

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Jazz

05/04/2020 12:00PM Civic Auditorium

Sullivan Fortner, piano Neal “Sugar” Caine, bass Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, drums Captivating jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner, who has performed across […]

TRI-FI

Jazz

05/04/2020 12:00PM W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Matthew Fries, piano Keith Hall, drums Phil Palombi, bass These three award-winning musicians have been composing, recording, and performing together […]

Emmet Cohen Trio

Jazz

05/04/2020 6:30PM Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Emmet Cohen, piano Russell Hall, bass Kyle Poole, drums Leading his trio with a command that belies his relative youth, […]

Emmet Cohen Trio

Jazz

05/04/2020 9:00PM Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Emmet Cohen, piano Russell Hall, bass Kyle Poole, drums Leading his trio with a command that belies his relative youth, […]

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Jazz

05/05/2020 12:00PM W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Sullivan Fortner, piano Neal “Sugar” Caine, bass Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, drums Captivating jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner, who has performed across […]

Dan Tepfer Trio

Jazz

05/05/2020 12:00PM Civic Auditorium

Dan Tepfer, piano Shawn Conley, bass Jochen Rueckert, drums Having found his way to jazz via a classical route, pianist […]

Dan Tepfer Trio

Jazz

05/06/2020 12:00PM W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Dan Tepfer, piano Shawn Conley, bass Jochen Rueckert, drums Having found his way to jazz via a classical route, pianist […]

TRI-FI

Jazz

05/06/2020 12:00PM Civic Auditorium

Matthew Fries, piano Keith Hall, drums Phil Palombi, bass These three award-winning musicians have been composing, recording, and performing together […]

3Divas

Jazz

05/07/2020 12:00PM Civic Auditorium

Sherrie Maricle, drums Amy Shook, bass Jackie Warren, piano This super swinging powerhouse trio plays original, traditional, and contemporary standards […]

Fox Wolf Duo

Jazz

05/07/2020 12:00PM W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Donal Fox, piano, composer, arranger Warren Wolf, vibraphone and marimba Two outstanding virtuosos deftly draw from jazz and classical traditions […]

Fred Hersch Trio

Jazz

05/07/2020 7:30PM Stetson Chapel

Fred Hersch, piano John Hébert, bass Eric McPherson, drums A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a […]

Fox Wolf Duo

Jazz

05/08/2020 12:00PM Civic Auditorium

Donal Fox, piano, composer, arranger Warren Wolf, vibraphone and marimba Two outstanding virtuosos deftly draw from jazz and classical traditions […]

3Divas

Jazz

05/08/2020 12:00PM W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Sherrie Maricle, drums Amy Shook, bass Jackie Warren, piano This super swinging powerhouse trio plays original, traditional, and contemporary standards […]

Uniquely Gilmore

ZOFO and Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers

Uniquely Gilmore

04/30/2020 2:00PM Wellspring Theater

Eva-Maria Zimmerman, piano Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers Piano duet arrangements of Gustav Holst’s The Planets and other […]

Rob Schwimmer

Uniquely Gilmore

05/02/2020 4:00PM Wellspring Theater

Heart of Hearing Mr. Schwimmer uses the piano, theremin, and an amazing contemporary instrument called the Haken Continuum to take […]

Maria João Pires & Friends

Uniquely Gilmore

05/09/2020 2:00PM Wellspring Theater

Portugese pianist Maria João Pires concludes a nine-day workshop held in conjunction with the Festival by presenting a special concert […]

Igudesman & Joo

Uniquely Gilmore

05/09/2020 8:00PM Kalamazoo State Theatre

Play It Again Aleksey Igudesman, violin Hyung-ki Joo, piano Two classically trained musicians – one pianist, one violinist – bring […]

Public Art

Oscillators - Intermedio

Public Art

05/04/2020 9:00AM Jolliffe Theatre, Epic Center

Oscillators: An Interactive Installation Oscillators, is a public art installation featuring pendulums created from the keys of a de-constructed piano. […]

Family Concerts

Alpin Hong vs. The Machine

Family Concerts

04/26/2020 4:00PM Kalamazoo College Dalton Theater

This new program is a fusion of technology, music, comedy, audience interaction, and that indescribable “something” that makes an Alpin […]

Alpin Hong vs. The Machine

Family Concerts

04/29/2020 7:00PM Binda Performing Arts Center

This new program is a fusion of technology, music, comedy, audience interaction, and that indescribable “something” that makes an Alpin […]

Alpin Hong vs. The Machine

Family Concerts

05/01/2020 7:00PM Plainwell Performing Arts Center

This new program is a fusion of technology, music, comedy, audience interaction, and that indescribable “something” that makes an Alpin […]

Alpin Hong and the Vicksburg High School Concert Band

Family Concerts

05/03/2020 3:00PM Vicksburg Performing Arts Center

Rhapsody in Blue Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg Alpin Hong performs Gershwin’s hugely popular Rhapsody in Blue with the Vicksburg […]

Chamber Music Collaborations

Trio Solisti

Chamber Music Collaborations

04/27/2020 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Fabio Bidini, piano Maria Bachmann, violin Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello Beethoven’s Ghost The “most exciting piano trio in America”, as […]

Lori Sims and Jinjoo Cho

Chamber Music Collaborations

04/28/2020 2:00PM Wellspring Theater

Lori Sims, piano Jinjoo Cho, violin In this program dedicated to the themes of love, jealousy, and rage, Lori Sims […]

Brain Gain

Yefim Bronfman, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

04/25/2020 12:30PM Epic Center Atrium

Speaker: Zaide Pixley, Professor Emerita, Kalamazoo College Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members […]

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Lecture

Brain Gain

04/26/2020 12:30PM Stetson Chapel

Speaker: Kristian Bezuidenhout will present his own thoughts regarding his evening performance. Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the […]

Trio Solisti, Interview

Brain Gain

04/27/2020 12:30PM Epic Center Atrium

Interviewer: Zsolt Bognàr Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members with a deeper understanding […]

Angela Hewitt, Interview

Brain Gain

04/28/2020 12:30PM Epic Center Atrium

Interviewer: Zsolt Bognár Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members with a deeper understanding […]

Sergei Babayan, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

04/30/2020 12:30PM Epic Center Atrium

Speaker: Lia Jensen-Abbott, Albion College Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members with a […]

Alexandre Tharaud, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

05/01/2020 12:30PM Epic Center Atrium

Speaker: David Abbott, Albion College. Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members with a […]

Jonathan Biss, 2002 Gilmore Young Artist, Lecture

Brain Gain

05/02/2020 2:00PM Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre

Beethoven the Thinker: Lecture Jonathan Biss may be the only world-renowned pianist who is, perhaps, as well known for his […]

Apollo’s Fire, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

05/05/2020 6:30PM Stetson Chapel

Speaker: Zaide Pixley, Professor Emerita, Kalamazoo College Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members […]

Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

05/06/2020 6:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Speaker: Beau Bothwell, Kalamazoo College Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members with a […]

Fred Hersch, Interview

Brain Gain

05/07/2020 2:00PM Epic Center Atrium

Interviewer: Pierre van der Westhuizen, Director, The Gilmore Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience […]

Igor Levit, 2018 Gilmore Artist, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

05/08/2020 1:00PM Stetson Chapel

Speaker: Zaide Pixley, Professor Emerita, Kalamazoo College Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members […]

Festival Finale, Pre-Concert Talk

Brain Gain

05/10/2020 3:00PM Chenery Auditorium

Speaker: Zaide Pixley, Professor Emerita, Kalamazoo College Pre-concert talks and lectures are presented throughout the Festival to provide audience members […]

Musical Theater

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Musical Theater

04/24/2020 7:30PM Farmers Alley Theatre

A must-see play for any fan of the great Billie Holiday, this production re-imagines one of Lady Day’s last, heart-breaking […]

Film

Twelve Pianos

Film

04/22/2020 12:30PM Stryker Theatre

Half Moon Bay, California. Mauro ffortissimo, an artist and musician, drags an old grand piano onto the bluffs near his […]

Alexandre Tharaud: Les Temps Dérobé

Film

04/24/2020 12:30PM Stryker Theatre

The film’s title translates to “Behind the Veil,” and it provides a fresh, unnarrated glimpse into the day-to-day life of […]

The Magic Piano

Film

04/25/2020 3:00PM Stryker Theatre

A delightful, family-friendly animated film that follows the adventures of Anna and Chip-Chip who use a magical, flying piano on […]

Living the Classical Life

Film

04/29/2020 12:30PM Stryker Theatre

Host Zsolt Bognar is an award-winning pianist, writer, and Ted Talk presenter uniquely suited to interviewing classical musicians, as well […]

Alicia’s Hands

Film

05/01/2020 4:00PM Stryker Theatre

An engrossing documentary and tribute to legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha. The film includes interviews with internationally renowned artists […]

Master Classes

Yefim Bronfman

Master Classes

04/26/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Master Classes

04/27/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Fabio Bidini

Master Classes

04/28/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Lori Sims

Master Classes

04/29/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Aaron Diehl

Master Classes

04/30/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Eva-Maria Zimmerman & Keisuke Nakagoshi

Master Classes

05/01/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Alexandre Tharaud

Master Classes

05/02/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Matthew Fries

Master Classes

05/05/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Jeannette Sorrell

Master Classes

05/06/2020 10:00AM Dalton Center Recital Hall

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Beatrice Rana

Master Classes

05/07/2020 10:00AM Wellspring Theater

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

Igor Levit, 2018 Gilmore Artist

Master Classes

05/09/2020 10:00AM Wellspring Theater

Observing a master class is a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an […]

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