Local Music

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

WMU School of Music

Music director Bruce Uchimura will lead the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra in works of Beethoven and Ravel in a free concert on Sunday at 3 pm in Miller Auditorium. Uchimura and Cara Lieurance look at the works on the program, from Ravel's brilliantly orchestrated Le Tombeau de Couperin to the slyly humorous Symphony No. 4, by Beethoven.


This Sunday at 4 pm in Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra begins an eventful season with a program called Music For The Theater. Conductor Andrew Koehler has put together a collection of instantly "gettable" pieces from operas like Candide and Fidelio to ballets such as Swan Lake. In a preview with Cara Lieurance, he also spoke about a 10-day trip the KJSO will take to South Africa in June 2018, which will include performing in concert halls and even street busking. 


With Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker on the program, twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will have images of fairy tales, sugar plums and much more dancing in the minds of listeners on Sunday. Cara Lieurance talks to both sisters about their upcoming concert for The Gilmore's Rising Stars Recital Series.  

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Kevin Vaughn, a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame, speaks with Cara Lieurance about his upcoming Michigan Festival of Sacred Music organ recital that features an organ mass composed for All Saints' Day by French composer Gaston Litaize. It uses Gregorian chant as source material, and the male ensemble of Early Music Michigan will be on hand to sing the original chants during the performance. Vaughan will also perform a variety of other works on the free program, which begins at 7 pm on Friday, November 3 at the Cathedral of St. Augustine.

Stulberg International String Competition

Only the second bassist to win the Stulberg International String Competition in 42 years, high school senior William McGregor will perform a concerto with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night in Miller Auditorium. In an interview, he talks about his experience at the Stulberg Competition, and about the concerto he's playing in his debut with the KSO.