Local Music

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

The 30th season of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck continues this week with a serenade by Dohnanyi, Mozart's Horn Quintet, and a string quintet by Brahms, played by a variety west Michigan classical artists. Arturo Ziraldo, principal violist of the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, will serve as violist in all three works on the program. He previewed the music on the program with Cara Lieurance.

Rufus Ferguson

Rufus Ferguson was a freshman at Western Michigan University when Keith Hall first heard the young pianist's soulful, gospel-inflected playing. At that time, Ferguson had only just begun to explore jazz. Through hard work, and under the guidance of piano professor Jeremy Siskind, Keith Hall and other members of the WMU jazz faculty, Ferguson developed into a multifaceted performer and composer who takes pride in the nickname "Sideman Ferguson." He can fit into nearly any performance situation and make it sound good. In an in-studio performance and interview with Keith Hall, Rufus Ferguson takes a turn as a soloist, and talks about what made him the player he is today.

Afa Dworkin talks about the Sphinx Organization

Jul 5, 2017

Sphinx Organization President and Artisitic Director Afa Dworkin talks with Jack Perlstein about the Sphinx Organization's efforts to provide opportunities for black and Latino musicians in U.S. ensembles and universities.


The Claremont Trio brings its award-winning combination of violin, cello and piano to the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck this week, opening the festival's 30th season of summer chamber concerts at the Woman's Club of Saugatuck. Cara Lieurance spoke with cellist Julia Bruskin, who founded the trio with her sister Emily Bruskin in 1999. 

More from conductor Richard Auldon Clark

Jun 29, 2017

Richard Clark talks about how he would like music to be taught and about breaking down barriers.