Local Music

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

The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its 55th season on October 22 with a free concert in Chenery Auditorium called It's About Time. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, director Tom Evans the idea of the program was sparked by reading that on October 22, 1884, the Greenwich Meridian was adopted at the International Meridian Conference, standardizing time zones around the world.

Three top choral groups at Western Michigan University will join together Sunday to sing about life's unifying moments in a free program called And So It Goes: The Cycles of Our LivesIn a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Dr. Kimberly Adams, director of the University Chorale, says she landed on the idea earlier in the summer, when her music player landed randomly on the King's Singers' choral adaptation of Billy Joel's pop tune, "And So It Goes." 


Fareed Haque first set himself apart from other guitarists with a simple tactic: play faster than anyone else. But he had other gifts which would round out his youthful need for speed.  An ear for jazz, world, rock, and fusion music, a deep study of classical guitar, and a multi-cultural upbringing helped him become one of the most complete guitarists working today.

Michigan fiddler, banjoist, and singer/songwriter Laurel Premo received an email out of the blue, a little over two years ago, which took her in a surprising direction. A Swedish music student named Anna Gustavsson had discovered Premo's banjo playing on YouTube, and acted upon an instinct telling her that together, their instrument combination had great potential. 

Violinist Barry Ross, pianist Rich Ridenour, and trumpeter Brandon Ridenour are coming together to present a free concert of light classics tonight at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 7 pm. Barry and Rich previewed their concert with Cara Lieurance.