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2:48 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

The 5th annual Beethoven Fest features Beethoven's famous 9th Symphony

The 2011 BeethovenFest
Credit Kalamazoo Junior Symphony

Conductor Barry Ross talks about the 5th annual BeethovenFest

Five years ago, conductor and former Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Barry Ross arranged what he thought would be a one-time-only all-Beethoven concert during the holidays to raise funds for the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony. Friday night he'll conduct his fifth BeethovenFest concert, the most ambitious yet, featuring Beethoven's ultimate work, the Symphony No. 9. 

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Local Music
3:25 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

The Kalamazoo Pipe Band offers bagpipe classes

The Kalamazoo Pipe Band
Credit Nancy Camden

Hear about the Kalamazoo Pipe Band

If you want to start something new in the New Year, you might consider the Bagpipe. Piping classes and practice will start on January 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo.

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Culture
3:34 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Kwanzaa: An intimate family holiday celebrating African-American culture

Credit The official Kwanzaa website

Listen to Amanda Wright's interview with Sid Ellis

December 26th marks the first day of Kwanzaa. The week-long holiday celebrates family, community and African-American culture. WMUK's Amanda Wright talked with Sid Ellis, the director of the Black Arts and Cultural Center in Kalamazoo, to find out more about the Kwanzaa and dispel a few myths. 

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Film
3:56 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Les Misérables may leave you saying "I need my space"

Listen to James Sanford's review of Les Miserables

If some producer had approached you in the early 1980s and asked you to invest in a lavish stage musical based on a Victor Hugo novel full of death and despair, persecution and prostitution, there's probably an excellent chance you might have given them a very cold shoulder. But how could you have had any way of knowing that Les Misérables would turn into one of theater's most astonishing success stories? It is estimated that over 60 million people have seen the show in one form or another. 

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Local Authors
3:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

"The Greeks of Beaubien Street": Part murder mystery, part family drama

The book cover for 'The Greeks of Beaubien Street'
Credit Suzanne Jenkins

An interview with author Suzanne Jenkins

Saugatuck Township resident Suzanne Jenkins has just released the first book in her series called The Greeks of Beaubien Street. The book is part murder mystery, part drama.The main character, Jill Zannos, is a homicide detective whose family owns a grocery store in Greektown in Detroit. Jenkins says Jill is always walking a fine line between her rough, modern job and her old-fashioned family. But Jill soon finds out that her family has a few secrets that makes her realize they are not as perfect as they seem.

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