Local Music

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

Katherine Nofs

Based on a 2004 book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, the Broadway adaptation of Peter And The Starcatcher became a Tony-winning show in 2012 that tackled the timeless themes of the Peter Pan story in an original way. On top of that, it boasted virtuoso roles for twelve actors, and a charmingly low-tech staging that, by design, enhances the audience's willingness to believe. The ensemble cast for the Farmers Alley Theatre production, which begins July 21, includes Harrison Bryan as Peter, and Courtney Martin as Molly. They tell Cara Lieurance what it was like to take on their roles. And Deputy director Rob Weiner helps explain the elements of Peter And The Starcatcher.

Pianist Everett N. Jones on William Grant Still

Jul 13, 2017

Philadelphia born pianist Everett Jones sustains an active performing career throughout the U.S. and abroad playing traditional repertoire and the music of African-American composers.  He has pioneered performances of William Grant Still and George Walker at many colleges and universities.  Jones is the director of the William Grant Still Performing Arts Society, and has recently completed recording the complete piano music of William Grant Still, a project that has not been done before. Dr. Jones teaches at Cincinnati State University.

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.