Dalton WED@7:30PM: Live and Interactive!

Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive! events are held on Wednesdays in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the main campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. The series showcases guest artists, WMU faculty artists and ensembles, and WMU student ensembles. Each event starts with a pre-concert talk hosted by Dr. Robert White at 7 p.m. Information about concerts can be obtained by calling (269) 387-4678.

Live and Interactive! Series events are presented by the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute. Established in the fall of 1985 and renamed in 1988 in honor of its founder, the Bullock Performance Institute's mission is to add to the already rich cultural life of Kalamazoo by creating opportunities to develop closer personal and artistic ties between audience and performer. The Bullock Performance Institute has presented events ranging from formal evening concerts to daytime educational outreach events for local audiences, college students, seniors and youths. As a result, the classical music appreciation and training of student performers and community members will be enhanced, and music lovers, in general, will have the opportunity to know guest artists more personally.

The 75-minute no-intermission performance begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 (Seniors $12, Students $5) in advance at Miller Auditorium or Dalton Center ticket office before the performance.

All performances are held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall


FALL 2019

Alex Hayashi, Oboe, and Ellen Breakfield-Glick, Clarinet

September 11, 2019

The newest WMU woodwind faculty members will explore and illuminate exciting and lesser-known works with the uncommon pairing of oboe and clarinet.

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MOJATUBA: Tuba and Dance Fusion

October 9, 2019

A fusion of original works for tuba, jazz elements, modern dance, and African influenced artistic expression, MOJATUBA features a unique ensemble that showcases the collaboration between solo tuba, dancers, piano, voice, and percussion.

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Cristina Fava, Presenter, and Lori Sims, Piano

October 23, 2019

Discover how American modernist composers Marc Blitzstein, Aaron Copland, and their contemporaries challenged European a-tonal music by presenting a different vision of dissonance than Stravinsky and Schoenberg in this engaging lecture-recital.

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Birds on a Wire

October 30, 2019

WMU’s new-music ensemble Birds on a Wire collaborates regularly with guest composers and contemporary instrumentalists and is dedicated to the performance of new and contemporary music.

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University Jazz Orchestra featuring Emilio Solla, Piano

November 6, 2019

The Downbeat Award winning University Jazz Orchestra will feature Grammy nominated, Argentina born, and NY based pianist/composer Emilio Solla.

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University Symphony Orchestra

November 13, 2019

The USO showcases Bohuslav Martinů’s virtuosic Concerto for Oboe featuring Alex Hayashi as soloist and concludes with Beethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 7.

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Spring 2020

Lori Sims, Piano, and Yu-Lien The, Piano

January 15, 2020

WMU piano faculty members Lori Sims and Yu-Lien The present works for solo and duo pianos in a preview to their Steinway Hall debut in February.

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Western Brass Quintet

January 29, 2020

One of the most distinguished brass chamber music ensembles active in the United States today, Western Brass Quintet is committed to promoting the composition of significant works for the genre.

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John Wesley Wright, Tenor

February 19, 2020

Known for his artistic and soulful interpretations of music from Baroque to Broadway, Wright presents “The Journey of African-American Song” – a participatory experience designed to foster the development of community using African-American song traditions.

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400: An Afrikan Epic

March 11, 2020

Dr. Mark Lomax, II, musically transports listeners from pre-colonial Afrika, through the Ma’afa (the 400 years between 1619 and 2019), and into Afro-futurism expressing a vision of a healthy, high functioning, and united bloc of the African diaspora.

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Winston Choi, Piano, and Minghuan Xu, Violin

March 18, 2020

Guest artists Winston Choi, piano, and Minghuan Xu, violin, will premiere works of 20th-century Russian composer Julian Krein, assisted by WMU School of Music faculty members Igor Fedotov, David Lisker, Martha Councell-Vargas, Lori Sims, and Bruce Uchimura.

CANCELLED 3/12/2020


Megumi Kanda, Trombone

April 8, 2020

Principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Megumi Kanda will explore pieces with eloquent and poetic musical storytelling dealing with overcoming, persevering, and remaining when facing adversity.

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