Saturday, May 08, 2010

Gilmore biennial keeps Kalamazoo in tune with global vibes

by Zinta Aistars for Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Kalamazoo is proud of the high level of its cultural offerings. One of those is the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Writer Zinta Aistars talks to members of the Kalamazoo community to hear their thoughts about how The Gilmore influences Kalamazoo.

There's a certain steady beat to the thunk of the baseball when it hits the leather baseball glove on Thomas Evans' hand. Almost like a metronome.

Inside that baseball glove is the hand of a musician, a conductor of orchestras. But on this day, it is the hand of a father playing catch with his son in the backyard. Thunk, pause, toss, thunk, pause, toss, thunk.

While Evans was tossing the ball to his son, in nearby Chenery Auditorium, members of the world renowned Beaux Arts Trio were tuning their instruments. Evans says he'll never forget the impact of playing ball with Matt, only minutes and just a few miles from a world-class concert.

"I tossed the ball one more time to Matt," Evans says, "got into my car, drove a few blocks to Chenery, parked my car for free, and sat down to listen to one of the most incredible ...

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