Events

Concert Preview | Yuja Wang

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER · Zaide Pixley, Kalamazoo College Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Yuja Wang, the […]

Solo Piano | Yuja Wang

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Free Concert Preview | 7 PM Speaker: Zaide Pixley, Kalamazoo College Yuja Wang is celebrated for her charismatic artistry, emotional […]

Jazz | Herbie Hancock

Miller Auditorium 2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Due to a positive Covid case in Herbie Hancock’s touring party, the April 24, 2022 performance at Miller Auditorium is […]

Master Class | Jan Lisiecki

Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Solo Piano | Beatrice Rana

Stetson Chapel 1200 Academy St, Kalamazoo, MI

An audience favorite and silver medalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Ms. Rana has toured extensively as […]

Master Class | Beatrice Rana

Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Solo Piano | Jan Lisiecki

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

In an inventively organized program of Chopin Etudes and Nocturnes, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has interwoven the pieces, offering us […]

Festival Fellows Lecture | Eunbi Kim

Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

You’re Not Alone! Lessons From Mentoring 50+ Musicians Through The Start Of Their Careers The first five years after graduating […]

Jazz at Bell’s | Svetlana and The Delancey Five

Bell's Eccentric Cafe 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Wherever Svetlana & The Delancey Five are, that’s where the party is. Enjoy these vivacious performers as they seamlessly move […]

Solo Piano | Clayton Stephenson, 2022 Gilmore Young Artist

First United Methodist Church, South Haven 429 Michigan Ave, South Haven, MI

Presenting a charmingly original program, 2022 Gilmore Young Artist Clayton Stephenson brings a youthful, exuberant style to his Festival debut […]

Jazz at Bell’s | Svetlana and The Delancey Five

Bell's Eccentric Cafe 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Wherever Svetlana & The Delancey Five are, that’s where the party is. Enjoy these vivacious performers as they seamlessly move […]

Films | The Magic Piano

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Interview | Emanuel Ax

Stetson Chapel 1200 Academy St, Kalamazoo, MI

Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about the featured artist and music. Hear from Emanuel Ax […]

Films | The Magic Piano

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Concert Preview | Emanuel Ax

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER · Lia Jensen-Abbott, Albion College Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Emanuel Ax, the […]

Solo Piano | Emanuel Ax

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Free Concert Preview | 7 PM Speaker: Lia Jensen-Abbott, Albion College In recent years, Emanuel Ax has focused his performances […]

Public Art | Oscillators by Intermedio

Dalton Center Multimedia Room 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Sunday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 10 · 10 AM — 10 PM Oscillators is a public art installation featuring […]

Solo Piano | George Li, 2012 Gilmore Young Artist

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Kirill Gerstein has postponed his May 1st concert due to illness. We are thrilled to share, however, that 2012 Gilmore […]

Solo Piano | Clayton Stephenson, 2022 Gilmore Young Artist

First Congregational Church, Battle Creek 145 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI

Presenting a charmingly original program, 2022 Gilmore Young Artist Clayton Stephenson brings a youthful, exuberant style to his Festival debut […]

Jazz | Fred Hersch Trio

Williams Theatre Irving S Gilmore Theatre Complex, Kalamazoo, MI

Fred Hersch, piano Drew Gress, bass Eric McPherson, drums A fifteen-time Grammy nominee, Fred Hersch is an influential creative force. […]

Jazz | Fred Hersch Trio

Williams Theatre Irving S Gilmore Theatre Complex, Kalamazoo, MI

Fred Hersch, piano Drew Gress, bass Eric McPherson, drums A fifteen-time Grammy nominee, Fred Hersch is an influential creative force. […]

Festival Fellows Lecture | Lara Downes

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

The Long Road Home: A Pianist’s American Journey Lara Downes guides us through her professional trajectory as a classical American […]

Chamber Music | The Kanneh-Masons

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Raised in Nottingham, England, Sheku (cello)and Isata (piano) Kanneh-Mason are two of seven talented siblings, all of whom play either […]

Films | Twelve Pianos

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

Mauro Ffortissimo, an artist and musician, drags an old piano onto the bluffs near his home by the sea. He […]

Solo Piano | Michelle Cann

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age fourteen, and has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles, including […]

Concert Preview | Seong-Jin Cho

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER · David Abbott, Albion College Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Seong-Jin Cho, the […]

Solo Piano | Seong-Jin Cho

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Free Concert Preview | 6:30 PM Speaker: David Abbott, Albion College Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho began learning […]

Master Class | Lori Sims

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Solo Piano | Lise de la Salle

Williams Theatre Irving S Gilmore Theatre Complex, Kalamazoo, MI

From 19th-century French waltzes and Slavic folk dances to 20th-century Spanish tangos and American rags, French pianist Lise de la […]

Master Class | Lise de la Salle

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Films | Los Hermanos

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel […]

Festival Fellows Lecture | Oni Buchanan

Jolliffe Theatre, Epic Center 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

In this forward-looking talk, Ms. Buchanan will examine how new technologies might serve as opportunities for creation, curation, and invitation. […]

Concert Preview | Sergio Tiempo

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER · Sophié van der Westhuizen, Kalamazoo College Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Sergio […]

Solo Piano | Sergio Tiempo

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Free Concert Preview | 6:30 PM Speaker: Sophié van der Westhuizen, Kalamazoo College Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sergio Tiempo began […]

Master Class | Sergio Tiempo

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Films | Daniil Trifonov: The Magics of Music

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

A Christopher Nupen film with Daniil Trifonov — pianist, composer, Russian, and a magician at the keyboard. The astonishing musical […]

Festival Fellows Lecture | Amanda Cook

Jolliffe Theatre, Epic Center 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

How To Market Yourself As An Independent Artist Amanda Cook, editor of the review & interview website, icareifyoulisten.com - an […]

Community Event | Bill Cessna Trio

Kalamazoo State Theatre 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI

Bill Cessna, piano Denis Shebukhov, bass Ethan Bouwsma, drums Presented in partnership with the Kalamazoo State Theatre, this free outdoor […]

Concert Preview | Sergei Babayan

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER: Andrius Zlabys, pianist, featured composer Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Sergei Babayan, the […]

Solo Piano | Sergei Babayan

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Free Concert Preview | 7 PM Speaker: Andrius Zlabys, pianist, featured composer Born in Armenia into a musical family, Sergei […]

Films | The Magic Piano

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Films | The Magic Piano

Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theatre 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Concert Preview | Daniil Trifonov

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER: Zaide Pixley, Kalamazoo College Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Daniil Trifonov, the composers, […]

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra | Pedja Mužijević

W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Pianist Pedja Mužijević joins conductor Anne Harrigan and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto […]

Solo Piano | Daniil Trifonov

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Free Concert Preview | 7 PM Speaker: Zaide Pixley, Kalamazoo College A mentee of pianist Sergei Babayan (who is performing […]

Baby Grands | 3Divas

Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Baby Grands are special family-friendly concerts where the music is joyful and our youngest community members are free to crawl, […]

Master Class | ZOFO

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Jazz at Noon | Sullivan Fortner Trio

Civic Auditorium 369 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI

Sullivan Fortner, piano Tyrone Allen, bass Kayvon Gordon, drums Winner of the 2015 American Pianists Jazz Award, New Orleans native […]

Jazz at Noon | TRI-FI

Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek 200 W Michigan Ave # 101, Battle Creek, MI

These three award-winning musicians have been composing, recording, and performing together for more than 15 years, and their performances reflect […]

Festival Fellows Lecture | Aaron Dworkin

Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Professor Maverick Throws The Dice: A Wager On Diversity, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship In The Arts In this inspiring presentation, […]

Comedy | Igudesman and Joo: Play It Again

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

For their first performance at The Gilmore, Igudesman & Joo will perform their hit musical comedy show, Play It Again. […]

Master Class | Lori Sims

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Jazz at Noon | 3D Jazz Trio

Civic Auditorium 369 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI

Pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Amy Shook, and drummer Sherrie Maricle make up this fiercely swinging all-female powerhouse trio. Playing traditional […]

Jazz at Noon | Sullivan Fortner Trio

Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek 200 W Michigan Ave # 101, Battle Creek, MI

Winner of the 2015 American Pianists Jazz Award, New Orleans native Sullivan Fortner is counted among the top jazz pianists […]

Pop | Pink Martini

Miller Auditorium 2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

It’s always a rollicking good time when Pink Martini is on stage. Featuring a dozen musicians and outstanding vocalists, this […]

Jazz at Noon | TRI-FI

Civic Auditorium 369 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI

These three award-winning musicians have been composing, recording, and performing together for more than 15 years, and their performances reflect […]

Jazz at Noon | 3D Jazz Trio

Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek 200 W Michigan Ave # 101, Battle Creek, MI

Pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Amy Shook, and drummer Sherrie Maricle make up this fiercely swinging all-female powerhouse trio. Playing traditional […]

Chamber Music | Jinjoo Cho and Lori Sims

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Pianist and Western Michigan University Professor of Music Lori Sims returns to The Gilmore for a chamber recital featuring works […]

Jazz at Noon | Donal Fox: Confounding the Genre Police

Civic Auditorium 369 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI

Pianist, composer, and improviser, Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin, and classical idioms into intricate new works and electrifying performances. […]

Jazz at Noon | Dan Tepfer Trio

Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek 200 W Michigan Ave # 101, Battle Creek, MI

Dan Tepfer, piano Shawn Conley, bass Jochen Rueckert, drums One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has earned an […]

Jazz at Bell’s | Emmet Cohen Trio

Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Emmet Cohen, piano Russell Hall, bass Kyle Poole, drums Winner of the 2019 American Pianists Association Jazz Award, American jazz […]

Jazz at Bell’s | Emmet Cohen Trio

Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Emmet Cohen, piano Russell Hall, bass Kyle Poole, drums Winner of the 2019 American Pianists Association Jazz Award, American jazz […]

Jazz at Noon | Donal Fox: Confounding the Genre Police

Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek 200 W Michigan Ave # 101, Battle Creek, MI

Pianist, composer, and improviser, Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin, and classical idioms into intricate new works and electrifying performances. […]

Jazz at Noon | Dan Tepfer Trio

Civic Auditorium 369 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI

Dan Tepfer, piano Shawn Conley, bass Jochen Rueckert, drums One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has earned an international reputation […]

Jazz at Bell’s | Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FONTANA Buenos Aires-born pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler performed in Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for […]

Jazz at Bell’s | Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FONTANA Buenos Aires-born pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler performed in Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for […]

Avant-Garde | Rob Schwimmer: Heart of Hearing

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Rob Schwimmer's latest touring program, Heart of Hearing, includes stunning originals and his unique take on the Great American Songbook […]

Jazz | Diana Krall

Miller Auditorium 2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums […]

Concert Preview | Festival Finale

Chenery Auditorium 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

SPEAKER · Zaide Pixley, Kalamazoo College Join fellow piano enthusiasts for an opportunity to learn more about Wei Luo, Maxim […]

Kalamazoo Community Event | The Velvelettes

Arcadia Festival Site, Kalamazoo 145 E Water St, Kalamazoo, MI

The Velvelettes -  the only “all original” Motown group from the 1960’s -  will perform as a trio, with a […]

Community Event | Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

Friendship Park, Battle Creek Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI

Pablo Valadares, piano Daniela Franchesca, lyric soprano The Gilmore will be presenting Daniela Pena and Pablo Valladares Abad, performing a […]

Special Event | Herbie Hancock

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Herbie Hancock, piano Terence Blanchard, trumpet James Genus, bass Lionel Loueke, guitar Justin Tyson, drums Born in Chicago in 1940, […]

Rising Star | Tony Siqi Yun

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

“Tony is a true poet of the keyboard. Expressive, and with his own distinct voice, yet elegant and poised.” PIANIST […]

Rising Star | Alexander Malofeev

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

“Malofeev’s artistry is truly remarkable…” BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW Moscow-born Alexander Malofeev came to international prominence at age 13, when he […]

Rising Star | Victor Gould Trio

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Victor Gould, piano Tamir Shmerling, bass EJ Strickland, drums “A new and important compositional voice…” DOWNBEAT One of the first […]

Rising Star | Danae Dörken

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

“The discovery of the year…” CRESCENDO MAGAZINE German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of […]

Rising Star | Connie Han Trio

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Connie Han, piano Ryan Berg, bass Bill Wysaske, drums “The rare musician with fearsome chops … and enough originality to […]

Rising Star | Clayton Stephenson, 2022 Gilmore Young Artist

Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Named a 2022 Gilmore Young Artist, Clayton Stephenson won over audiences during his Gilmore premiere during the 2022 Festival. He […]

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

The Maria Schneider Orchestra presents DATA LORDS Maria Schneider, composer/conductor Gary Versace, piano Steve Wilson, Dave Pietro, Rich Perry, Donny […]

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

With a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has recorded more than 50 albums and performs a […]

Special Event | Maria João Pires & Partitura Pianists

Dalton Center Recital Hall 1300 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI

Maria João Pires launched the Partitura Project in Belgium in 2012, with the aim to encourage cooperation and social engagement […]

Renée Fleming & Evgeny Kissin

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI

Legendary soprano Renée Fleming and piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin collaborate for a sensational recital performance, enhanced by their long-standing friendship. […]

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