Local Music

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

Two conductors of their respective musical organizations talk about the work that brings them together to end their seasons in Chenery Auditorium tomorrow. Andrew Koehler, director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and James Turner, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, have been separately preparing the orchestral and choral parts of a great 19th century classic, Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem. 

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The in-school music program Kalamazoo Kids In Tune welcomed its first students four years ago. Now, the first graders who entered the program in 2011 are fifth graders bound for middle school. A gala concert, featuring all 80-plus children in the program, will take place in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

Colin Bell

Violinist Sarah Chang's concerto performance with the Kalamazoo Symphony and appearance as a judge for the Stulberg International String Competition were part of a season in which she performed in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, London, Malaysia, Toronto, Barcelona, New York, Germany, Istanbul, Korea, and Detroit.

LHI Live: Friday Fun With WMU's Horn Studio

May 22, 2015
C. Lieurance

Classical improvisation, as opposed to jazz improvisation, is a way to create spontaneous music by one or more players using techniques and devices common in classical music. It has not been a part of most college programs, but Western Michigan University horn professor Lin Foulk thinks it should be.

Paul Jendrasiak

Edye Evans Hyde, the 2011 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year, and her husband, guitarist Mike Hyde, are a Grand Rapids-based musical couple. In a recent interview, they tell Keith Hall about how they met in college at the Tiki Bar, when Edye filled in at the last minute for a singer who had the flu. They've performed together ever since.

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