“From Brahms to Beatles with Jazz on a String” with Ross and Kamerling
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Barry Ross and Steve Kamerling will be bringing their lifetimes of musical experience to the Music House in a concert ‘From Brahms to Beatles with Jazz on a String’. Ross and Kamerling are popular musicians from the Kalamazoo area and perform around the State. These accomplished musicians combine their skills with Ross on the violin and Kamerling on the guitar and vocals to entertain and create great music.

When not performing with Kamerling, Dr. Barry Ross is Assistant Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony and Professor Emeritus of Music at Kalamazoo College where he founded the Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.  He has performed as solo and chamber violinist as well as conductor throughout the Midwest. For 32 years he appeared as Concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and since 1987 has served as Assistant Conductor of that orchestra. In 2006 he formed the String Orchestra of Kalamazoo for young musicians, and in 2008 Ross founded BeethovenFest!, an annual all-volunteer fund-raising concert to benefit the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony. Dr. Ross can be heard regularly performing jazz and classical music in Kalamazoo.

Steve Kamerling grew up on the south side of Chicago with music in his soul. He was an only child, and grew up steeped in the music that thrived in the big city clubs. Jazz was his first love. Steve began playing guitar at age 11, then bass guitar and the upright bass. However, guitar became his primary instrument, along with his voice, and he began performing in public in his early teens. Eventually, Steve relegated music to the background theme of his life and decided to pursue a more practical career, or “day job” — in the field of pharmacology and pharmaceutical research. In the late 1990’s he and his wife, an accomplished bassoonist, moved to Kalamazoo to work for Upjohn. Both continued their musical careers on the side.

Together, Ross and Kamerling combine to create beautiful and fun music, as only two music lovers and masters of their craft can. You don’t want to miss this!

Gottschalk to Gershwin: Peter Bergin in Concert
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

peter_berginPeter Bergin: Gottschalk to Gershwin

The Music House brings Peter Bergin Ragtime Concert as part of our concert series back by popular demand. Bergin’s 2015 and 2016 concerts were such hits that we have invited him back! He will bring even more Ragtime fun while moving around and entertaining on many of our wonderful pianos. This year’s concert will be from ‘Gottschalk to Gershwin’

Bergin is a pianist and vocalist whose refined singing and energetic ragtime has entertained audiences for over 25 years. After a long career as a computer scientist, Peter is now in full-time pursuit of his life-long desire to share music with the world. Join us for an evening of ragtime music and history as Peter moves around the museum playing on many of our pianos.

Ragtime is a musical genre that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. Its cardinal trait is its syncopated, or “ragged,” rhythm. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of African-American communities in St. Louis years before being published as popular sheet music for piano. Ernest Hogan (1865–1909) was an innovator and key pioneer who helped popularize the musical genre, and is credited for coining the term ragtime. Perhaps its most famous composer was Scott Joplin who became famous through the publication of the “Maple Leaf Rag” (1899) and a string of ragtime hits such as “The Entertainer” (1902), although he was later forgotten by all but a small, dedicated community of ragtime aficionados until the major ragtime revival in the early 1970s. Ragtime fell out of favor as jazz claimed the public’s imagination after 1917, but there have been numerous revivals since the music has been re-discovered.