A festival to celebrate musicians

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Every other year, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival draws some of the most famous and accomplished pianists and keyboard players to West Michigan. The festival is happening now through May 10. In addition to bringing world class talent to the area, the festival supports musicians by honoring them as a “Gilmore artist,” which is a prestigious and generous grant.

The festival and awards are the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, a Kalamazoo businessman and philanthropist who was devoted to keyboard music and supporting struggling musicians. Now in its 24th year, the biennial festival is internationally recognized as America’s most prestigious piano music festival.

You can see a list of performances at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival by clicking here.

Ingrid Fliter was a 2006 Gilmore Artist and will be performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony at DeVos Performance Hall on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. Tickets start at $18. Students can get tickets for $5 with a student ID. For more information on the event and tickets, click here.

We also got the chance to sit down with one of the 2014 Gilmore Young Artists, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.

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