Local Music

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

Dr. Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, joins Cara Lieurance to share the highlights of this Sunday's joint concert by the University Concert Band and University Symphonic Band. Acclaimed composer David Maslanka, who died in August, will be remembered in a performance of his last work, a concerto for piano and winds, featuring Dr. Yu-Lien The. It was commissioned by a consortium of schools in the MAC conference, and has only been performed a handful of times. The University Symphonic Band's program is filled out with classic works by Bernstein, Holst, and Grainger.


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In under three years, the members of The Founding have earned a reputation as a progressive Celtic-influenced band with a powerful stage presence, all while finishing their music degrees at Western Michigan University. Chief songwriters Joel Myers and Lukas Stanley spoke to Cara Lieurance about the band's fast rise and the surprising directions their first album took. They also tell the stories behind four of the songs from The Founding's first album, Form.


Battle Creek Symphony

The Battle Creek Symphony's next concert, Hats Off To Downton Abbey, will feature music from the popular Masterpiece Theatre television program and two famous works by English composers: Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations and Benjamin Britten's Young Persons' Guide To The Orchestra. Music director Anne Harrigan talks to Cara Lieurance to preview the concert, which will be held Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. 


A Conversation with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet

Nov 16, 2017

Members of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, formed in 2006, talk with Jack Perlstein about the history of the ensemble, literature and, you guessed it, guitars.  GRGQ performs regularly at colleges, universities, art centers and chamber music and community concert series.  For more information about the GRGQ and upcoming performances, click on www.guitarquartet.org.

Rose Ensemble

Jordan Sramek, artistic director of the acclaimed vocal group The Rose Ensemble, talks to Cara Lieurance about the new music that was composed in the wake of Martin Luther's founding of Protestantism in Wittenburg in 1517. The Rose Ensemble partnered with the Renaissance band Piffaro to create a program that spans the 100 years following the Reformation, called Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation.  Highlights include Luther's own hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and a Te Deum by Michael Pratorious, which Sramek calls a "barn burner." The concert, co-presented by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society, takes place at 7 pm in Chenery Auditorium on Wednesday, November 15.


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