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Crescendo Faculty and Ensembles at Kalamazoo State Theater 90th Anniversary Art Hop Celebration

July 24, 2017 – Crescendo faculty and student ensembles–including the Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra and the Crescendo Fiddlers–will be featured at the September 8 Art Hop from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Start out the fall show season by celebrating with the State Theater downtown on the Kalamazoo mall and in the venue to commemorate 90 years of memories at the State Theatre and in the community.

To show our appreciation to the community for its timeless enthusiasm as we reach this milestone, we’re throwing an all-ages, free event featuring:
**Live music from the Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra, Dan Willenberg Trio, and more
**Complimentary cake cutting ceremony at 6PM and champagne toast for first 90 guests (21+) of the evening
**A chance to vote for your favorite entry of our poster contest
**“Pictures or it Didn’t Happen” photo op with Yelp!
**Wine & cheese pairing with St.Julian & The Cheese Lady while supplies last
**Local KST related art exhibits
**Enter to win tickets to upcoming events
**Full bar concessions open and available for purchase

For more details, continue to follow The Kalamazoo State Theatre and our event on Facebook.

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Grant Awarded by the Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)

July 5, 2017 – Crescendo has been awarded a grant by the Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) to support need-based scholarships for our Academic Year Chamber Music program. The mission of ACMP is to stimulate and expand the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians of all ages and skill levels, worldwide, by connecting people and supporting chamber music activities for individuals, groups and institutions. Since 1994, the ACMP Foundation, “has awarded more than 3,000 grants totaling over four million dollars in support of chamber music activities around the world, including home coaching for ACMP members, community music programs, chamber music workshops, and other special initiatives. These programs promote, enrich, and encourage the playing of chamber music now and for the future.”

Like Crescendo, ACMP is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. As a National Guild member, Associated Chamber Music Players is committed to making high quality arts education accessible to all.

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Michelle Bessemer Joins Crescendo Faculty

June 1, 2017 – Michelle Bessemer has joined Crescendo as a violin instructor. In addition to teaching for Crescendo, Michelle performs with several area orchestras, including the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Toledo Symphony and more.

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2017 Summer Programs

April 26, 2017 – Crescendo is registering student for all of our summer programs! Epic Broadway! is back, but will be held from June 26-30 this year. Also returning are Crescendo Fiddlers, Chamber Ensembles, Community Voices, and Music Together. New this year is the Classical Voice Summer Workshop. Private lessons on all instruments and voice are also available year round. Summer is a great time to try something new! Follow the links for all the details!

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Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra Welcomes Brian Oberlin and Evan Marshall, mandolinists, in concert

April 26, 2017 – The mandolin duo of Brian Oberlin and Evan Marshall will perform a free concert on May 20th, 2017 at the First Congregational Church in downtown Kalamazoo at 7:00.  Oberlin and Marshall will perform tunes from the Classical, Swing, Bluegrass and American Folk traditions, as well as their own original compositions.

Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator.  Along with the myriad of award-winning bands and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe, Oberlin is also the founder and director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Evan J. Marshall is an internationally renowned mandolin virtuoso and is widely regarded as the world’s premier solo performer on mandolin in Duo-Style. By himself, he sounds like several of the world’s finest mandolinists performing together.  Country guitar legend Chet Atkins called Evan “A true virtuoso, one of the few great musicians of our time.”

In addition to performing, Oberlin and Marshall will be giving workshops for all those interested on May 21, 2017 at Crescendo Academy of Music.  For more information about this unique opportunity and to register for this event please contact the office.

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