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Gilmore pianist to perform in Vicksburg

The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival will return to Vicksburg High Schools Performing Arts Center April 25 with a performance by Michigan native Alpin Hong – performing with the high school’s band.

Hong debuted with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10. He has since performed and advocated for music education throughout the nation and much of the world.

Free reserved seating is in effect for the 7 p.m. performance. Reservations may be made by visiting http://www.vicksburgcommunityschools.org/pac or by calling the Vicksburg Performing Arts Center ticket office at (269) 321-1193.

Hong’s performances are described as engaging and accessible, grounded in extensive classical training but with a background in extreme sports, martial arts, and video games.

Events at the Performing Arts Center draw from Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties, as well as from Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. The Center has presented several Gilmore artists, the Kalamazoo Concert Band, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Other performers and groups include the Western Jazz Quartet, WMU’s Gold Company, the Acting Company, Vienna Choir Boys, TV and film stars John Astin, Frank Gorshin and Dick Van Patten.

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