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Free summer concert series in Dalton Center

July 9, 2007

KALAMAZOO--"It Takes a Village--Music: It's all about Collaboration," a trio of collaborative concerts featuring Western Michigan University faculty and guest artists, will kick off Monday, July 9.

All three concerts are free and open to the public. They will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

"The series theme highlights collaboration's important role in the art of music making," says Carl Doubleday, associate director of the School of Music at WMU. "Collaboration is critical at all levels--for a soloist and accompanist, to those playing chamber music, and even for those performing in large ensembles."

"It Takes a Village" performances

Monday, July 9--The opening concert will feature WMU resident artist Yu-Lien The in a program illustrating the pianist's role as a collaborator. Soprano Monica Griffin, saxophonist Henning Schröder and cellist Alexa Muhly, all guest artists, will assist in presenting a contemporary blend of music. Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, William Albright, Anton Webern and Xavier Montsalvatge, as well as Kalamazoo-based composers Keith Murphy and Trent Kynaston, will be performed.

Thursday, July 12--Classical guitarist Christopher Laughlin will present the second concert. Laughlin has performed throughout the United States and Canada as well as in 25 nations across five continents. He resides in Chicago, where he owns and operates the Christopher Laughlin School of Music.

Monday, July 16--The final concert of the series will feature WMU's resident faculty ensemble, the Merling Trio. The trio, which consists of pianist Susan Wiersma Uchimura, violinist Renata Artman Knific and cellist Bruce Uchimura, has been hailed as a distinguished group endowed with a magnificent blend of sound. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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