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Gary Burton and Peter Serkin return to Gilmore Festival
Gary Burton and Peter Serkin return to Gilmore Festival


Renowned Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton will perform as a special guest at the Gilmore Festival Finale Concert on May 12 it was announced today by Director Dan Gustin. “We are delighted that Gary Burton will be here with 2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein to perform a new work written for them by Jazz legend Chick Corea,” said Gustin. Burton was Gerstein’s first teacher at the Berklee College of Music in Boston nearly 20 years ago. This will be Burton’s first appearance at the Festival since 1991 when he with appeared here with Corea, and with whom Burton has won four Grammy Awards over the course of their professional careers.

Gustin also announced that celebrated American pianist and Grammy Award winner Peter Serkin will replace previously-scheduled Stephen Kovacevich on May 4th to perform Beethoven’s monumental work for piano, the Diabelli Variations. In making the announcement, Gustin stated that Kovacevich faced scheduling issues with his European concert dates that made it necessary for him to withdraw from the Festival. “We are very fortunate that Serkin, well-known to the Gilmore Festival and Kalamazoo Symphony audiences, has agreed to step in for the concert at Dalton Center Recital Hall,” he said. Serkin last appeared at the Festival in 2006.

The full Gilmore Keyboard Festival schedule with bios and videos of all the artists can be found at www.thegilmore.org.

The biennial Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival was first held in 1991 and this spring’s celebration will be the eleventh Festival in the organization’s 21 year history.

The 2012 Irving S Gilmore International Keyboard Festival runs April 26 through May 12, 2012.