Stetson Chapel held Sunday, May 1st’s Gilmore Keyboard Festival feature, drawing 220 attendees from the Kalamazoo community and student body. Featuring Croatian-born Austrian pianist Dejan Lazić, the program was comprised of pieces from C.B.E Bach, Britten, Scarlatti, and Bartók. Lazić has appeared with a number of orchestras including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Swedish Radio, Danish National, Helsinki Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
The event was sponsored by Sanford Advisory Services, a financial planning firm of Southwest Michigan. The reason for the firm’s sponsorship was two-fold.
“We have sponsored Gilmore events on three occasions, and I love Stetson as a venue—I mean, the acoustics are amazing—so it just made sense,” explained Todd Sanford of Sanford Advisory Services.
“We also sponsor a student in Sarajevo, and so there was a natural interest in connecting our sponsorship abroad with something local,” he continued.
Despite having played at famous venues all across the world, Lazić found himself in Kalamazoo this May.
“[The Gilmore Keyboard Festival] is a wonderful festival which I knew about for many years,” said Lazić, adding, “I feel very welcomed.”
When asked about his body movement, Lazić admitted that “it isn’t conscious or anything that I am really thinking about,” and continued to explain that he “cannot play these colors by being stiff,” rather acknowledging that the body is an extension of the instrument.
The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is a prestigious biennial springtime piano music festival based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, showcasing both talented artists emerging on the international stage and accomplished, notable, and internationally recognized pianists, such as Dejan Lazić, at different venues throughout Kalamazoo.
Further event information can be found at http://www.thegilmore.org/festival/