A musician known for working with pianists from around world will conduct a concert at Kalamazoo College this weekend through the Gilmore.
Maria João Pires launched the Partitura Project in Belgium in 2012, aiming to encourage cooperation and social engagement among pianists while steering the dynamic between artists toward altruism rather than competitiveness. She will lead a 10-day workshop of that project in Kalamazoo and perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in Stetson Chapel with her students.
Pires is known for her lightness of touch, vital imagination and masterful interpretations of Chopin, Schubert and Mozart. She has devoted herself to expressing the influence of art in life, community and education.
“We have a responsibility to lead our life in the best possible way, to help others and to share this planet with compassion,” Pires said. “Music and art are the deepest expressions of our soul and the direct transmission of our universe. I think everyone is born an artist and art should be shared with all people on this planet.”
In-person concert tickets for the general Kalamazoo community are $35 for adults and $7 for students 7 and older.
K faculty and staff are eligible for buy one, get one free tickets. K students are eligible for single free tickets. At the Gilmore website, click “Promo Code” on the upper right of the ticketing page. Students should use the code KCSTU23. Faculty and staff should use the code KC23. Click “Apply Promo Code” and choose your tickets. The discount will be applied at checkout.
Rush tickets will also be available with a K ID on the day of the concert when the box office opens on site.