The Gilmore

Adult Enrichment

Whether your goal is getting deeper inside the music, watching students improve right before your eyes under the tutelage of master pianists, or grasping a better understanding of music, composers and artists, we strive to provide a variety of enrichment opportunities for adult music enthusiasts.

Ingrid Fliter conducts a master class

Ingrid Fliter conducts a master class at the 2014 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Photo by Will Panich

Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Gilmore Keys to Education and Western Michigan University’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) collaborated for the first time during the 2012 Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

During the Festival, ALL offers seminar and concert pairings at a group rate. Students investigate and discuss composers and music, in addition to having an inside look at the concerts and festival at an opening reception.

Pre-Concert Talks

Designed not only for classical music devotees but also for newcomers looking to explore classical music in more detail, the 30-minute talks give audiences an expert’s take on the music they are about to hear. Given by musical scholars and musicians, talks may include musical samples or details of a composer’s life that may have influenced the creation of a particular piece. Experts share the revealing stories found “inside” the music.

Pre-Concert Talks begin one hour prior to Piano Masters Series concerts and prior to most Gilmore Festival concerts held at Chenery Auditorium and at Dalton Center Recital Hall. Talks are open to all ticket-holders at no extra charge.

Master Classes

Engaging master classes are held throughout each biennial Gilmore Festival and are free and open to the public. College and university piano students from throughout the Midwest are nominated by their professors to participate as a Gilmore Festival master class student. It is fascinating to observe world-class artists working one-on-one with young up and coming musicians sharing their insight and making an extraordinary impact on each student’s performance.

2016 Festival Master Classes

Barry Harris conducts a master class

Rafał Blechacz conducts a master class at the 2014 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Photo by Chris McGuire Photography