Local Music

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The Farmers Alley production of 'It Shoulda Been You' opens June 9 at the Little Theatre.
Farmers Alley Theatre

The scenario: a wedding and reception of a bride and a groom from Jewish and Catholic families. Disapproving parents, a still-moony ex-boyfriend, a put-upon sibling, an extravagant wedding planner, plus song and dance make It Shoulda Been You sound like a classic farce, but it has some modern twists up its sleeve. The musical, which was first staged on Broadway in 2015, is coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre, with performances at the Little Theater on Oakland Dr., on June 9. Farmers Alley Deputy Director Rob Weiner and cast members DJ Bucciarelli (Marty, the bride's ex-boyfriend) and Zoe Vonder Haar (Judy Steinberg, the mother of the bride) join Cara Lieurance to outline the show and share musical highlights.


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Kalamazoo Kids In Tune is the youngest and most diverse orchestra in Michigan, according Elizabeth Youker, Vice President of Education and Community Partnerships, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She and curriculum director, conductor and music arranger Rick Barth, known to students as "Dr. Rick," talk to Cara Lieurance about the progress made in the last six years. 


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Dede Adler and Josh Holcomb of Dede and the Dreamers join Craig Freeman in the studio to play original songs and talk about what's behind their hard-to-categorize music. Alder formed Dede and the Dreamers for a single occasion: to lull a crowd to sleep in the wee hours of a music festival. Two musician friends - John Driscoll and Chris Michels- accompanied her on drums and bass as she sang and played vibraphone. That was the beginning of the band, which classically-trained violist Josh Holcomb would join later, bringing voice, viola, improvisation, and an array of effects to the sound of the group.

Singing while accompanying oneself on marimba, which Dede Alder taught herself to do, is almost unheard-of in the world of singer-songwriters. Hear their unusual sound in this session, hosted by Craig Freeman, recorded in the Takeda studio at WMUK, with Martin Klemm engineering.


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Baritone Mark Walters (Don Giovanni) and soprano Nicole Heaston (Donna Elvira) bring a wealth of experience to the Kalamazoo Symphony's production of Don Giovanni, which began rehearsals May 18 for the May 26 performance.  In an energetic conversation with Cara Lieurance, they talk about the dark and light aspects of Mozart's famous work, and how their characters interact within the drama. 


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Both top-notch soloists in their own right, Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin enjoy coming up with musical duo arrangements that test their abilities and span many styles, from Italian classical to bluegrass and beyond. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will present the duo in a 7 pm concert at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo. They'll feature selections from their new CD, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

In a session with Cara Lieurance, recorded by sound engineer Martin Klemm, Oberlin and Marshall tell stories about their experiences as musicians who bridge genres, and they play a variety of tunes, original and adapted, for two mandolins.


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