Local Music

Hear interviews with guests on music programs produced here at WMUK, as well as program news.

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Dede Adler and Josh Holcomb of Dede and the Dreamers join Craig Freeman in the studio to play original songs and talk about what's behind their hard-to-categorize music. Alder formed Dede and the Dreamers for a single occasion: to lull a crowd to sleep in the wee hours of a music festival. Two musician friends - John Driscoll and Chris Michels- accompanied her on drums and bass as she sang and played vibraphone. That was the beginning of the band, which classically-trained violist Josh Holcomb would join later, bringing voice, viola, improvisation, and an array of effects to the sound of the group.

Singing while accompanying oneself on marimba, which Dede Alder taught herself to do, is almost unheard-of in the world of singer-songwriters. Hear their unusual sound in this session, hosted by Craig Freeman, recorded in the Takeda studio at WMUK, with Martin Klemm engineering.


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Baritone Mark Walters (Don Giovanni) and soprano Nicole Heaston (Donna Elvira) bring a wealth of experience to the Kalamazoo Symphony's production of Don Giovanni, which began rehearsals May 18 for the May 26 performance.  In an energetic conversation with Cara Lieurance, they talk about the dark and light aspects of Mozart's famous work, and how their characters interact within the drama. 


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Both top-notch soloists in their own right, Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin enjoy coming up with musical duo arrangements that test their abilities and span many styles, from Italian classical to bluegrass and beyond. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will present the duo in a 7 pm concert at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo. They'll feature selections from their new CD, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

In a session with Cara Lieurance, recorded by sound engineer Martin Klemm, Oberlin and Marshall tell stories about their experiences as musicians who bridge genres, and they play a variety of tunes, original and adapted, for two mandolins.


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This Saturday, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia concludes its season with a program of two works: Debussy's 1899 Nocturnes,  and the 1911 one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bela Bartok, featuring soprano Rhea Olivacce as Judith and David Govertson as Bluebeard. Conductor Andrew Koehler sets the scene in an preview with Cara Lieurance.


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Established as a quintet, the Arcadia Winds will expand to 17 players to perform the Serenade No. 2 in A by Johannes Brahms on Friday night at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo. Horn player Ron Chase, pianist Barbara Hong, and Ladies Library Association member Paula Jamison talk about the concert and the historic building which houses the Arcadia Winds series.


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