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Executive Director Audrey Lipsey Awarded Gayle Hoogstraten Arts Leadership Award – Arts Administrator

August 10, 2018 – Crescendo’s Executive Director Audrey Lipsey has been awarded the Gayle Hoogstraten Award for Arts Leadership – Administrator by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo for her many years of service to the Kalamazoo Community. The award ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Civic Theater. Congrats, Audrey!

http://www.kalamazooarts.org/ca-awards/

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Henry Rensch Joins Crescendo Teaching Faculty

July 30, 2018 – Henry Rensch has joined Crescendo as a bass instructor. Henry is a multi-instrumental performer, educator, composer, and engineer from Kalamazoo, MI, and has been working in the west Michigan area for over 10 years. Rensch received his Masters degree from Western Michigan University in 2017, and holds undergraduate degrees in both jazz studies and electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

While at UofM, Rensch studied with world renown jazz bassist Robert Hurst. He also received instruction from eminent jazz veterans John Clayton, Christian McBride, and many more. At WMU, he served as graduate assistant, providing dedicated bass lessons to students ranging from undergraduate seniors to non-majors at the request of professor of both jazz and classical bass, Tom Knific. He also performed onstage with an incredible array of jazz legends including Rufus Reid, George Garzone, Terrell Stafford, Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb, Peter Erskine, Chico Pinheiro, and Ed Simon.

An accomplished doubler on electric and double basses, Rensch is in demand in the Kalamazoo area, and has enjoyed being part of a wide variety of performances and recordings in jazz, folk, prog-rock, hip hop, avant-garde, funk, country, and numerous other genres. He has performed numerous times with American Idol finalist Matt Giraud, and has been the sole bassist for the local Dan Willenberg Trio, which performed weekly at Kalamzoo’s The Union Cabaret and Grille for over 3 years. He is an alum of the award winning WMU-based Latin jazz ensemble, Mas Que Nada, and the Nashville-based piano rock trio We Know Jackson. Rensch co-founded the commercial music practicum ensemble Groove Lab, and is the host and bandleader for a new performance series at Rupert’s Brewhouse. In addition to musical performance and education, Rensch is also a skilled audio engineer who has worked on numerous performances and productions, provided instruction in audio engineering, served as graduate assistant to the WMU Multimedia Arts Department, and enjoys building and repairing audio equipment in his spare time.

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Rose Gifford Joins Crescendo Teaching Faculty

June 4, 2018 – Rose Gifford has joined Crescendo as a teaching artist. From Portage, Michigan, Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Performance from Western Michigan University in 2015.  While at WMU, she held the Gilmore Piano Scholarship for four years. She studied applied piano under Dr. Silvia Roederer and collaborative piano with Lori Sims, and also served on the board for the WMU MTNA Collegiate Chapter under the direction of Jeremy Siskind.

Rose graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2017, with her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.  While at OU, she worked as a graduate assistant serving as instructor of record for various group piano classes and secondary applied piano lessons. Having now returned to Kalamazoo, Rose is looking forward to bringing her piano skills back to her home town.

Her complete bio can be found here.

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Kalamazoo State Theatre to Host Jim Brickman in Concert; Crescendo to Receive Portion of Ticket Sales

May 22, 2018 – Pianist Jim Brickman is again coming to the Kalamazoo State Theatre, and Crescendo will receive $.50 of every ticket sold!

The best-selling solo pianist celebrates 2 decades of music with his Share the Love Tour. Experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year to Kalamazoo State Theatre, Saturday, February 9th. Go here to purchase tickets, or visit the State Theater box office.

Get ready for a night of emotion and humor with music that touches the heart. A personal escape with stirring solo piano hits and timeless collaborations like “Valentine,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Love of My Life.” Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music, letting your imagination take you wherever you want it to go. Jim Brickman strikes the perfect chord of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction.

Bring your family, friends, or that special someone and get ready for a night of love, laughter, and music with Jim Brickman. For every ticket sold, $.50 will be donated to Crescendo Academy of Music (CAM); proceeds will be donated to our need-based scholarship fund.

BUY TICKETS – http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0800548DB76F4E69?brand=kalamazoost
VIP TICKETS – http://bit.ly/BuyJimTix
RSVP On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/kazoostate/events/
More Information – http://www.kazoostate.com/event/Jim-Brickman
Visit The Artist’s Website – https://www.jimbrickman.com/

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Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation Grant for New Carpet

April 6, 2018 – The Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation has very generously provided Crescendo with funds that allowed us to replace the nearly 18 year old carpet in our facility! This beautiful update has refreshed our space, and will last for many years to come. Thank you, Jim Gilmore Jr. Foundation!

 

 

 

 

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