Local Music

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

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Director Andrew Koehler will welcome Karisa Chiu, the 2017 Stulberg String Competition Bronze Medalist, to the Chenery Auditorium stage on Sunday to perform the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 by Sibelius. In addition to the Sibelius, Koehler and Cara Lieurance discuss two other works on the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra program: Schumann's Manfred Overture and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.


The Kalamazoo Concert Band, with special guests the Western Jazz Quartet, are ready to put some sizzle on stage this Saturday with a program called 'Iberian Inspiration,' says director Tom Evans. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about the works on the program and how he's always fired up to play music.


WMU School of Music

Western Michigan University's School of Music will host a 10-state division conference of the College Band Directors National Association February 22-24. Organizer Scott Boerma, WMU director of bands, will conduct a free preview concert by the University Symphonic Band on Sunday, Feb 18 at 3 pm in Miller Auditorium. Boerma shared the details with Cara Lieurance in a preview.


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Dr. Aaron Humble, professor of voice at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, presented a solo recital of sacred art songs on Friday evening in the Cathedral Church of St. Augustine. He was joined by Karen Kness, Gunta Laukmane and Thomas Fielding.  Before the concert, Humble and Fielding joined Cara Lieurance for a conversation about the program.


Meghan Stagl and Matthew Epperson started their duo while studying jazz at Western Michigan University, where, they say, jazz students are thrown into a churning musical mix from the get-go. They like their collaboration for the same reasons: their roles combine to suggest all the elements of a song, but there's a lot of freedom to play around with the tunes. With a new album in the works, they joined Cara Lieurance in the Takeda Studio for a selection of old and new standards.


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