2020 Festival Events

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Exceptional Experiences

Renée Fleming and Evgeny Kissin

Exceptional Experiences

04/15/2020 8PM 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 6PM Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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

Pink Martini

Exceptional Experiences

05/08/2020 8PM 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 8PM 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 2PM 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 2PM 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 2PM 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 2PM 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 7PM 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 2PM Stetson Chapel

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 2PM 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 7PM 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 2PM 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 4PM 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 7PM 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 2PM 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 7PM 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 8PM 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 7PM 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 6PM DeVos Performance Hall

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor Ingrid Fliter, 2006 Gilmore Artist, piano Ingrid Fliter returns to Michigan to collaborate with Mr. Lehninger and […]

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

04/25/2020 7PM 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 7PM 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 7PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

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

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Concerts

05/08/2020 7PM 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 4PM 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 6PM 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 9PM 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 6PM 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 9PM 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 6PM Williams Theatre

Aaron Diehl, piano Aaron Diehl is one of those artists who can do it all: solo performances, ensemble collaborations, and […]

Aaron Diehl Trio

Jazz

04/29/2020 9PM Williams Theatre

Aaron Diehl, piano Aaron Diehl is one of those artists who can do it all: solo performances, ensemble collaborations, and […]

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Jazz

05/04/2020 12PM Civic Auditorium

Sullivan Fortner, piano Captivating jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner, who has performed across the world in renowned concert venues, clubs, and […]

TRI-FI

Jazz

05/04/2020 12PM 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 6PM Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Emmet Cohen, piano Leading his trio with a command that belies his relative youth, Emmet Cohen is one of the […]

Emmet Cohen Trio

Jazz

05/04/2020 9PM Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Emmet Cohen, piano Leading his trio with a command that belies his relative youth, Emmet Cohen is one of the […]

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Jazz

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

Sullivan Fortner, piano Captivating jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner, who has performed across the world in renowned concert venues, clubs, and […]

Dan Tepfer Trio

Jazz

05/05/2020 12PM Civic Auditorium

Dan Tepfer, piano TBA, bass TBA, drums Having found his way to jazz via a classical route, pianist and composer […]

Dan Tepfer Trio

Jazz

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

Dan Tepfer, piano TBA, bass TBA, drums Having found his way to jazz via a classical route, pianist and composer […]

TRI-FI

Jazz

05/06/2020 12PM 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 12PM 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 12PM 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 7PM 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 12PM Civic Auditorium

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

3Divas

Jazz

05/08/2020 12PM 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 2PM 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 2PM 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 2PM Stetson Chapel

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

Igudesman & Joo

Uniquely Gilmore

05/09/2020 8PM Kalamazoo State Theatre

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

Public Art

Oscillators - Intermedio

Public Art

05/04/2020 9AM Jolliffe Theater, 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 vs. The Machine

Family Concerts

04/26/2020 4PM Chenery Auditorium

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

Alpin vs. The Machine

Family Concerts

04/29/2020 7PM 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 vs. The Machine

Family Concerts

05/01/2020 7PM 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 3PM 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 7PM 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 2PM Wellspring Theater

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

Brain Gain

Jonathan Biss, 2002 Gilmore Young Artist

Brain Gain

05/02/2020 4PM Dalton Center Recital Hall

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

Musical Theater

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Musical Theater

04/24/2020 7PM 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 12PM 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 12PM 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 3PM 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 12PM 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 4PM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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 10AM 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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