Gilmore unveils 2022-23 lineup highlighted by rising artists, world-renowned stars

KALAMAZOO, MI — Highlighted by half a dozen Grammy-winning artists from around the world, the Gilmore announced its 2022-23 concert season Friday morning.

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, whose scheduled Gilmore Festival appearance earlier this year was postponed due to COVID-19, will kick off the season on September 23 at Chenery Auditorium.

A multiple Grammy Award winner, Hancock’s long career has taken him to explore the musical worlds of funk, rock, jazz fusion, electronic dance and beyond. The former member of the Miles Davis Quintet will be joined by bassist James Genus, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Juston Tyson and Terence Blanchard on trumpet.

Hancock’s performance will be followed by six performances from Gilmore’s Rising Stars series which will feature half a dozen emerging classical and jazz pianists from Canada, Germany, Russia and the United States, according to a press release. of the Gilmore States.

Other big names on this year’s program include The Maria Schneider Orchestra, performing March 12; French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on March 30; pianist and opinion leader Maria João Pires on May 21; and pianist Evgeny Kissin, with soprano Renée Fleming on May 27.

A bandleader and composer, Schneider has won Grammy awards in jazz and classical music, as well as for her work with David Bowie, according to her biography. His 2020 double album, “Data Lords,” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, won two Grammys, and was named Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and National Public Radio. His performance will be the first presentation of The Gilmore Jazz Piano Masters, reflecting an expansion of its jazz programming with the support of the John Stites Jazz Awards.

Then, as part of the Piano Masters Series, Thibaudet will perform the complete Preludes, Books I and II by Debussy. The winner of numerous international awards, Thibaudet’s music, stylistically spanning everything from jazz to opera, can be heard in films such as ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Wakefield’, ‘Atonement’ and more.

Pires’ performance will include the first-ever US engagement of his Partitura project, which was launched in 2014 as a reaction to the hyper-competitiveness of today’s classical music world, to promote cooperation and social engagement. among pianists through daily group sessions, public recitals and community concerts. Her performance will come at the end of a nine-day workshop led by her and will include a solo concert as well as a performance that includes her students, the statement said.

The 2022-23 season will then end with a pair of Grammy winners with Russian pianist Kissin and American singer Fleming. Kissin, who won two Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Soloist, was the subject of a film, having inspired Christopher Nupen’s documentary, “Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music.”

In addition to four Grammy wins, Fleming, known for a stylistic range that spans operatic, classical, jazz and contemporary, received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012.

“We are very grateful to be able to announce a solid season of jazz and classical programs, thanks in part to some artists from the 2020 and 2022 Festival whom we can (finally) present, as well as new artists thanks to the support of the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization,” said Gilmore Executive Director Pierre van der Westhuizen. “We are proud to bring internationally acclaimed masters to Kalamazoo alongside today’s rising stars, and hope you will join to us as we pursue our mission to nurture and celebrate a passion for the piano.


• Friday, September 23: Herbie Hancock, 7:30 p.m. at Chenery Auditorium

• Sunday, September 25: Tony Siqi Yun, 4 p.m. at the Wellspring Theater

• Sunday, October 9: Alexander Malofeev, 4 p.m. at the Wellspring Theater

• Sunday, Oct. 23: Victor Gould Trio, 4 p.m. at the Wellspring Theater

• Sunday, November 13: Danae Dörken, 4 p.m. at the Wellspring Theater

• Sunday, December 11: Connie Han Trio, 4 p.m. at the Wellspring Theater

• Sunday, February 5: Clayton Stephenson (2022 Gilmore Young Artist), 4 p.m. at the Wellspring Theater

• Sunday March 12: Maria Schneider Orchestra, 4 p.m. at Chenery Auditorium

• Thursday, March 30: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Chenery includes a pre-concert talk.

• Sunday May 21: Maria João Pires & Partitura Pianists, 8 p.m. at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, WMU

• Saturday, May 27: Renée Fleming and Evgeny Kissin, 7 p.m. at Chenery Auditorium includes a pre-concert talk

Donors giving $100 or more can purchase tickets beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 19. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 29. For more information, visit

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