Local Music

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

Marco Borggreve

On the verge of becoming as widely known in the U.S. as he is in France, Bertrand Chamayou will perform classics of Ravel and Schubert for the Fontana series on Saturday. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about how he had an instinctual feel for one, and learned, through study, to love the other. 


The Stockholm Chamber Brass has been setting standards in brass playing since its formation in the mid 1980s. Although it started as a student side project, the group became serious about chamber brass very quickly, according to founding member and trombonist Jonas Bylund. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Bylund and fellow SCB player Tom Poulson share their perspectives on the world of brass music.

Michael Spengler

Conductor Anne Harrigan visits Cara Lieurance to preview the season-opening concert by the Battle Creek Symphony. The featured soloist is flutist Amy Porter, who will perform the Trail Of Tears Concerto, written for her by American composer Michael Daugherty. They also discuss the revolutionary underpinnings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica.'


C. Lieurance

With the leaves changing color, a crispness to the air, and the beer turning darker, the time is ripe for another visit from The Brass Rail - Mike McMinn (cornet, trumpet), Roger Lynch (cornet, trumpet), Chris Garrett (horn) John Dickey (trombone) and Fritz MacDonald (tuba). Formed two years ago, they can be found regularly at the Old Dog Tavern, and Arcadia Ales, among other venues. They'll be at Bell's Brewery for the Kalamazoo Bach Festival's Bachtoberfest on September 29.

Wherever they go, the Brass Rail brings its trademark iPads filled with hundreds of arrangements for brass quintet. In WMUK's Takeda studio, they play a mix of swing, ragtime, classical, Tin Pan Alley, American folk - and as a nod to Oktoberfest, German polkas!


Blarney Castle was formed in 2014 by six Western Michigan University music students. It was the brainchild of Joel Myers, a native of Chelsea, MI, who gained his Irish fiddling skills performing with the Chelsea House Orchestra.

Since its formation, Blarney Castle has performed sophisticated arrangements and original sets of Celtic music at festivals around the state and beyond. The new single, "Silhouettes Against The Soil," to be released on October 14, was written by Myers. Myers, keyboardist Lukas Stanley, and singer/flutist E.J. Schubkegel visited WMUK to preview the new song.


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