Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Gilmore Family Concerts

People are still talking about pianist Alpin Hong’s Gilmore Family Concerts in 2008 that ignited the imaginations of children and adults alike. We are thrilled to bring him back to West Michigan for the Gilmore Family Concert series in 2018.

Rooted in extensive classical piano training and a background in extreme sports, martial arts, and video games, Alpin Hong presents a retro-fitted mash-up disguised as a piano recital. Kids, prepare to be amazed!

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Elizabeth Upjohn Mason

Family Concert Schedule

Alpin Hong

Chasing Chopin
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 PM – Little Theatre, Kalamazoo

One night only! Alpin Hong’s original theater piece Chasing Chopin is a “daring mashup of autobiographical storytelling and dazzling piano performance,” that will leave you moved and inspired.

Saturday, April 14

Willard Library, Battle Creek – 10:30 AM – “Baby Grands” – No stage, no seats, no problem. Children ages 0–6 are invited to this piano playtime. Kids can move freely around the space while parents, family, and friends sip coffee and enjoy an unconventional piano recital for kids, without compromising the music.


Battle Creek Community Foundation
The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation

Sunday, April 15

Friendship Village, Kalamazoo – 2:00 PM – Limited seating. Call Corinne O’Heran to reserve your spot – 269.381.2538.

Monday, April 16

Plainwell Performing Arts Center – 7:30 PM – All ages show.

Tuesday, April 17

Vicksburg Performing Arts Center – 7:00 PM – All ages show.

Wednesday, April 18

Allegan Performing Arts Center – 7:00 PM – All ages show.

Saturday, April 21

Zion Lutheran Church, Kalamazoo – 10:30 AM – “Baby Grands” – Children ages 6 and under.


Zion Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 22

Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo – 4:00 PM – “Flights of Fancy” – Program to include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Featuring the Kalamazoo Junior SymphonyAndrew Koehler, conductor; Alpin Hong, piano. Tickets available at

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In-School Only Concerts

Groups may inquire about attending any of these in-school events. Contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education at or 269.342.1166.

Monday, April 16

Portage Northern High School – 9:40 AM – High school music students

Thursday, April 19

Vicksburg Performing Arts Center – 9:25 AM and 10:35 AM – Local elementary schools

Woods Lake Elementary – 2:00 PM – Woods Lake and Spring Valley Elementary Piano Lab students

Friday, April 20

W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek – 10:00 AM – Battle Creek elementary schools


W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Saturday, April 28

Kalamazoo Public Library – Central – 10:30 AM – “Baby Grands” – Children ages 6 and under. Artist: The J.L.S. Experience

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