Local Music

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

Simon Shaheen is a virtuoso oud and violin player with the ability to perform in both the traditional Arabic and western classical styles. He's also the founder of a yearly retreat for musicians, young and old, who want to learn the basics of Arabic music on almost any instrument. Prior to his November 12th appearance at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, he spoke about his early love of both Arabic and European styles, and how he brought both together for his Grammy-nominated album, Blue Flame.

Bill Ryan

The new album by the Coalescence Percussion DuoAlternations, was given an album release concert last month as part of the Western Michigan University Bullock Performance Institute Series. Prior to the concert, percussionist Judy Moonert spoke about the release at WMUK.

The Western Winds is the only university ensemble that presents faculty performers and the master's level students they mentor together on the same stage. Before a concert that featured Antonin Dvorak's Serenade For Winds, Op 44, Scott Boerma, WMU director of bands, and graduate student Greg Blakeman, shared their thoughts on the experience.

Dan Nichols

 Trio Speranza made its Kalamazoo debut at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music on Saturday, November 8th. The recipients of the Presentation Prize at Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition 2014, the members - Ann Griffis, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; and Jason Moy, harpsichord - formed the group in 2013. 

A fascination with modern and ancient musical settings of the Old Testament's The Song of Songs helped the three singers of Boston-based Tapestry to find their direction twenty years ago. They created a live concert, and later recorded an album, Song of Songs: Come Into My Garden, which guided the listener down a carefully curated path of songs from the past thousand years. On November 6th, singers Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, and Daniela Tošić brought a refreshed update to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.