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Author, son of Holocaust survivors to talk on Israel-Palestine conflict

Author, son of Holocaust survivors to talk on Israel-Palestine conflict

by Mark Schwerin

KALAMAZOO--A well-known author and son of Holocaust survivors is coming to the Western Michigan University campus this month to share what he thinks might be a way out of the standoff between Israelis and Palestinians.

Chamber Quarterly Meeting to Feature Pete Hoekstra and Jim Stephanak

Chamber Quarterly Meeting to Feature Pete Hoekstra and Jim Stephanak

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce will present its Quarterly Meeting on February 2, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn-West, located at 2747 S. 11th St. in Kalamazoo. The program will feature former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra as its keynote speaker, addressing “The Impact of Gridlock in Washington on Business Growth.” Additionally, attendees will receive a membership update from current Board Chair, Jim Stephanak, and will have a chance to provide instant survey feedback through an audience response system.

The event is designed to update members about current Chamber endeavors and to hear from Hoekstra regarding the economic implications of indecision.

Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott to perform rediscovered piano masterwork at Kalamazoo College

Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott to perform rediscovered piano masterwork at Kalamazoo College

Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott will perform Fanny Mendelssohn’s complete cycle of piano pieces entitled Das Jahr (1841) at the Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 4:00pm. The recital is free and open to the public.

The January 22 program features a major work from one of the most important composers of the nineteenth century, Fanny Hensel (1805-1847). As with many women composers of that time, few of her works were published during her lifetime, and only within the past 30 years have musicians come to realize her great talent. Her most ambitious work for piano, Das Jahr, was only published in 1989, 150 years after it was written, and this recital is a rare opportunity to hear the complete work. Each of the twelve months of the year is set in music and poetry to form a dairy of her life in 1839-1840, when she felt the high point of her musical life in Rome, as well as the frustration of a thwarted professional life in her native city of Berlin.

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

February 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Holiday Inn West (2747 S. 11th St.)

With 16 years experience in Washington, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, will share his perspective on whether today's political climate differs from the past and how business leaders should collectively address any changes. Based upon his travels around the state for U.S. Senate, he will share what he is hearing directly from business owners.

Hoekstra will talk about the economic implications of indecision, over-regulation and uncertainty from Washington. Additionally, he will address whether business owners and decision-makers are rightfully cautious about capital investment, hiring or expansion in 2012.

11-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:10 Lunch served
12:10-12:25 Chamber Update
12:25-12:50 Rep. Hoekstra Keynote and Q&A
12:50-1 Closing remarks

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