Local Music

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

Pen Trio

The PEN Trio, formed by Nora Lewis, Eric Van Der Veer Varner, and Phil Paglialonga, is an oboe-clarinet-bassoon trio, or trio d'anches ("reed trio"). This type of trio became standard around the turn of the 19th century, when Trio d'Anches de Paris asked the best composers of their day to write works for their combination. Today, the PEN Trio continues to bring new works into the repertoire. In the studio at WMUK, the members of the PEN Trio and composer Charles Nichols talk with Cara Lieurance about the new works on tonight's concert.

WMU Department of Theatre

Hear Jay Berkow, professor of music theater performance, and Emily Duguay, director of theater arts management discuss comedies, dramas, and musicals that will be be marketed, produced and performed by a talented group of Western Michigan University students. Highlights include the premiere of the West End musical The Witches of Eastwick, in its first college production, and a spring performance of the Webber/Rice classic, Jesus Christ Superstar.


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For the third year in a row, Octocelli will present an all-cello concert that expands from one solo cellist to an ensemble of eight (or, this year, nine) over the course of the evening. Former Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra principal cellist David Peshlakai and KSO cellist/composer Elizabeth Start previewed this year's concert with Cara Lieurance. 

photo provided by Kim Adams

Members of the Western Michigan University Chorale intensely bonded over language and music during the months leading up to the Kaunas Cantat International Choir Festival and Competition, says Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, director of choirs at WMU. That unity made all the difference in the competition, which was held in Birštonas, Lithuania in early May.

Jazz Currents: In The Studio With Duncan McMillan And Sarah D'Angelo

Aug 25, 2017
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Jazz pianist Duncan McMillan is a product of the Ann Arbor-Detroit jazz scene, he tells his friend, Jazz Currents host Keith Hall, with whom he went to school as a Western Michigan University. From his early days as a church chorister, to his current standing gigs with bassist Paul Keller, McMillan remembers how he got where he is, and who helped along the way. He and singer/clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo, who performs with McMillan in the Paul Keller Orchestra, spoke about their musical journeys and perform a few selections together in the WMUK studio.


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