Local Music

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

Jiyang Chen


WMUK is featuring Kalamazoo resident Elisabeth Blair's Listening To Ladies podcasts on Mondays at 10:00 am as they become available. The podcasts grew out of Blair's desire to discover and shed light on the work of current and past composers who are women.

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Musician Elizabeth Bruce, the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, speaks to Cara Lieurance about L.O.V.E. (Living Our Vows Everywhere),  a concert of organ and piano works which will be held on on Sunday. The family-oriented program centers on wedding favorites, such as  Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Both monetary and item donations will be collected for the YWCA at this event.

Bruce earned a degree in music from Indiana University, and is now working on an advanced degree in biochemistry at Western Michigan University. 

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In an interview with Cara Lieurance, music director Raymond Harvey discusses the only work on Friday night's program: the Symphony No. 6 'Tragic' by Gustav Mahler. The orchestra will expand from 85 to over 100 players, particularly the wind and brass sections. Harvey takes a tour of the symphony, movement by movement, and explains some of the artistic decisions a performance of the piece requires.


Director Rob Weiner and cast members Jarrad Biron Green (Melvin Ferd The Third/Toxic Avenger), Deon'te Goodman ("Black Dude," covering multiple roles) and Jessica Medoff (Mayor Babs Belgoody) recently joined Cara Lieurance for a lively discussion about the R-rated but fun-loving cult musical, The Toxic Avenger.

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The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert at 3 pm Sunday in Miller Auditorium, conducted by Dr. Bruce Uchimura, music director of the symphony. The famous tone-poem Sheherazade by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov is on the program, as is a well-known trumpet concerto by Alexander Arutiunian. Bob White, WMU professor of trumpet, is the soloist. Both Uchimura and White share their thoughts on the program with Cara Lieurance.