Local Music

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

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Anthony Healy is a pianist and educator who recently earned his master's degree in music at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Jeremy Siskind. In addition to teaching at Crescendo Academy and for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival outreach programs, he performs regularly in Kalamazoo at Ouzos Pub & European Grill on Friday nights and at the Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Old Dog Tavern, usually with a revolving list of musicians. On short notice, Healy agreed to bring some holiday cheer to WMUK's studio, playing his impromptu settings of favorite carols.


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Kalamazoo Symphony assistant conductor Daniel Brier and stage director Ben Zylman discuss the symphony's world-premiere adaptation of The Night Before Christmas, which will be performed Sunday in Chenery Auditorium as part of the Family Discovery Series.


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Hundreds of fall semester concerts have taken place at Western Michigan University, and there's just one more before the winter break. It's the annual A Brass Celebration of Christmas, featuring the Western Brass Quintet and 20 additional brass players and percussionists. Cara Lieurance spoke with Dr. Robert White, professor of trumpet, and graduate assistant trumpeter Michael Gause, about the new and familiar music for this concert, which is the traditional "Christmas card to the community."


(Here are the earlier episodes in this Jazz Currents series celebrating what would have been Miles Davis' 90th birthday: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) When we look back at the career of Miles Davis, and the many musicians that have come through his bands, two combinations stand out: The first great quintet of the 1950’s with Coltrane, Garland, Chambers and Jones; and his brilliant second quintet featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. In this, the fourth of five episodes on Miles Davis, Keith Hall digs into the rich catalog of this 1960’s quintet.

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New York-based jazz singer Karrin Allyson, whose albums have been nominated for five Grammy awards, will join the Kalamazoo Concert Band for a holiday concert Friday night in Miller Auditorium. She discusses her career in a conversation at WMUK with Cara Lieurance and Kalamazoo Concert Band director Tom Evans.


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