Local Music

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

Rose Ensemble

Jordan Sramek, artistic director of the acclaimed vocal group The Rose Ensemble, talks to Cara Lieurance about the new music that was composed in the wake of Martin Luther's founding of Protestantism in Wittenburg in 1517. The Rose Ensemble partnered with the Renaissance band Piffaro to create a program that spans the 100 years following the Reformation, called Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation.  Highlights include Luther's own hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and a Te Deum by Michael Pratorious, which Sramek calls a "barn burner." The concert, co-presented by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society, takes place at 7 pm in Chenery Auditorium on Wednesday, November 15.


Katherine Mumma

Director Steven Carver, marketing director Janet Gover, Este'fan Kizer (Sebastian), and Lizzy Stone (Ariel) join Cara Lieurance to preview the Kalamazoo Civic's production of The Little Mermaid, which opens on Friday. The familiar Hans Christian Anderson story, made famous in the 1989 Disney movie, was adapted to stage in 2007, but took a few years to reach its current version, says Carver. Lizzy Stone, who starred as Eliza in the Civic's My Fair Lady, says that as a redhead, she loved Ariel as a girl, going on to say that the part requires some unusual acting challenges, including wordless acting and a flying harness. Este'Fan Kizer, who was last seen in Sister Act, plays the crab Sebastian, and sings the most recognizable song in the musical, "Under The Sea."


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Tom Knific, director of jazz studies at Western Michigan University, outlines the career highlights and talents of jazz drummer Dafnis Prieto, who makes a one-time appearance in west Michigan on Tuesday at 7:30 pm on Tuesday night in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Knific says Prieto, who won the MacArthur "genius" grant in 2011, turned into a musical chameleon when he arrived in New York City from Havana, Cuba. Prieto will perform many of his original pieces with his sextet on Tuesday night. 


Hannah Elizabeth

Lushh came out of the unexpected chemistry between five jazz students and a sound engineer at Western Michigan University. On the first track they recorded - an original arrangement of the "Great Fairy's Theme" from the video game The Legend of Zelda - they captured a sound that made sense, even though they were pulling from an array of influences in an on-the-fly recording. Now, after months of gigging around Michigan while studying at WMU, Lushh will record a full-length album in front of an audience on November 18th at Overneath Creative Collective. The five members of Lush - Graham Nye, Andrew Saliba, Eddie Codrington, Matthew Epperson, and Madison George, and engineer/producer Alex Tobin - joined Cara Lieurance to talk about the event, dubbed Insight/Unsought.

It revolves around the music of guitarist Andrew Saliba, who used his own experiences with sleep, and the lack of it, as inspiration. The extended ensemble will include four additional players, two visual artists creating pieces during the performance, and projected images that react to the live sounds. 


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Edwin Outwater, a candidate to become the next music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, will guest conduct a program of two masterpieces on Saturday: Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Outwater discusses the innovations he brought to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in his ten year tenure, and the legacy he has received by continuing to work with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for over 15 years.

2007 International Queen Elisabeth Contest Winner Anna Vinnitskaya will be the soloist for Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. The concert begins at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium. 


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