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5:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Andrew Koehler conducts a vast musical playground in 'Of Gods and Men'

Andrew Koehler

Kalamazoo Philharmonia conductor Andrew Koehler unites two Parisian masterpieces, 100 years apart, in a concert called 'Of Gods and Men' in Chenery Auditorium this Saturday. Both works feature the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus.

Mr. Koehler characterizes the Requiem in C minor of Luigi Cherubini as a work bridging the Classical and Romantic eras. Written in 1816 as a memorial to Louis XIV after the French revolution, it was praised by Beethoven and its innovations were later used by Brahms and Verdi.

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Music
4:27 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Boogie Woogie Kid keeps uniquely American music alive

Matthew Ball aka The Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid
Credit Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball, also known as The Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, will play Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Boogie-woogie is a type of blues that came out in the U.S. during the early 20th century.

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SW Michigan
1:58 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Former Checker Motors CEO dies

Credit WMUK

The former CEO of Checker Motors in Kalamazoo has reportedly died in Florida. David Markin was 81.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Markin’s death in an e-mail message to its members today. He served as the USTA’s president in 1989 and 1990. The organization sponsors the boy's tennis championships held in Kalamazoo each summer.

Markin also served on the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees for 18 years, beginning in 1973.

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SW Michigan
10:46 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Michigan NOW: Auto marketing guru loves trains

White board at the Detroit transit forum
Credit Michigan NOW

Earlier this month, voters in Kalamazoo County renewed a millage for public transit service. But in southeastern Michigan, officials are still trying to pull a new regional transit system together.

They and others met recently at the University of Detroit Mercy where they heard from transit system managers around the country. They included Toby Barlow, an advocate for the auto industry who says his heart is still with trains and busses.

Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports.

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WMUK News
2:05 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Girl Scout camps still strong in Michigan

Swimming at Camp Linden near Ann Arbor (file photo)
Credit Heart of Michigan Girl Scout Council

Plans by some Girl Scout councils around the country to close and sell their summer camps have volunteers and parents up in arms. Meetings on the issue in some places have been so heated that police were called.

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