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3:52 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'Gran Danzon' celebrates flute music of the Americas

New album by Martha Councell-Vargas
Credit Ksenia Poulber

Martha Councell-Vargas, an assistant professor of flute at Western Michigan University, recently released a full-length album of new and overlooked flute music by composers of the northern and southern American hemispheres. 

On WMUK's Let's Hear It, Ms. Councell-Vargas speaks with Cara Lieurance about her passion for flute music of the Americas, the stylistic influences she's incorporated into her playing, and the strong friendships that have arisen throughout her musical journey.

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SW Michigan
3:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

KSO Gets New Executive Director

Peter Gistelinck
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

The new executive director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra arrives May 19th. The symphony announced Tuesday that it's hired Peter Gistelinck for the job after a search that lasted six months. Gistelinck is currently the executive director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He replaces former KSO executive director Jennifer Barlament who left last year to become general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Campus Sustainability
7:16 am
Tue March 25, 2014

WSW: Higher, and Greener Education

Solar panels at Western Michigan University - file photo
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with David Hales

 

The CEO of the group Second Nature will be the keynote speaker for a summit on sustainability this week at Western Michigan University. 

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Visual Art
5:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

'Inside Steinway' Photo Exhibit Lifts The Lid On Piano Production

"Wally's World." From the exhibition '"Inside Steinway" at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Christopher Payne

While next month’s Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is all about celebrating what pianos can do, it's not often that we examine what they are made of. 

The festival has partnered with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to present the photography exhibition "Inside Steinway," a series of images of the inside of the storied piano factory, shot by photographer Christopher Payne.

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Storytelling & Culture
2:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Complicated Courtesies: Storyteller Kimberly Dark Tells It Like It Is

Kimberly Dark
Credit courtesy of Kimberly Dark

Hear the full interview with Kimberly Dark

Sociologist and storyteller Kimberly Dark will be in Kalamazoo this week as part of the annual diversity program Respecting Differences. Dark will give performances at Chenery Auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday. She'll also perform at Western Michigan University on Friday.

Dark is famous for talking about those things you’re not supposed to mention at the dinner table.

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