Local Music

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

Kalamazoo Concert Band

Director Tom Evans was thinking of his favorite sport, baseball, when he started putting the music together for the Kalamazoo Concert Band's next concert, which will be held Saturday at 7:30 pm in Chenery Auditorium. The program, "Fun & Games," features a musical adaptation of the famous 1888 poem, Casey At Bat, as well as musical references to running, sailing, and the Olympics. In addition, the concert will features oboist Emily Dudd, winner of the 2018 KCB Youth Soloist Competition. Evans previewed the KCB's final concert of the season with Cara Lieurance.


Tonight at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church, area cellists will assemble to play in various groups of two to twelve, in a concert called "A Salute To Mary Butler." Jeffrey Butler, the son of Mary Butler and a cellist in the Houston Symphony, and Anne Sherfield, a Battle Creek Symphony player, join Cara Lieurance to preview the concert and share some stories about Ms. Butler's influence as a teacher and musician.


This is the third and final part of Jack Perlstein's conversation with Ransom Wilson, now Music Director of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.  Discussion in part 3 centers around coming up with programs for orchestra concerts.  Ransom also talked about Felix Mendelssohn's 1834 version of the Symphony No. 4, "Italian".

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On Saturday, at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, the Kalamazoo Singers will perform its final concert of the season, featuring works by a wide range of composers, including Mozart, Duruflé, Britten, and Mack Willberg - all including voices and organ, the "King of Instruments." Rick Phelps visits with Cara Lieurance to preview the program.


Ashley Daneman

Last August, after several months spent composing a jazz suite commissioned by Sparks & Echo ArtsBenje Daneman recorded the tracks for his new album, Light in the Darkness Joining him on the project were vocalist Ashley Daneman, saxophonist Greg Ward, pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Andrew Vogt, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. Tomorrow night, Michigan audiences will get a chance to hear the album performed live, and purchase the album before its world-wide release on August 31.

In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Benje and Ashley talk about the work that went into the album, and the themes of inspiration that were used. Although the pieces he composed are mostly instrumental, they are a reflection of his spiritual thinking, and about how to find the light in oneself and each other. 

Tickets for the concert are available in advance through the artist's website, and additionally, supporters can participate in a Kickstarter campaign which will help take the project to wide release. Benje Daneman can also be found on Facebook.


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