Local Music

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

farmersalleytheatre.com

Director Larry Raben, who originated a lead role in the original production of the popular musical Forever Plaid, says the musical The Andrews Brothers is a close cousin, bringing popular songs of the 1940s, endearing, funny characters, and comedic antics to the stage. This is the second Farmers Alley Theatre show Raben has directed in two years, having previously led a production of Forever Plaid in the 2015-16 season. 

The Andrews Brothers tells the story of three brothers stationed on a small island in the Pacific during World War II, who get involved with the production of a USO show that goes wildly off track. Paul Castree plays Max Andrews, Jeffrey Scott Parsons plays Patrick Andrews, Jeremy Koch, a founder of Farmers Alley Theatre, plays the third brother, Lawrence, and Denene Mulay Koch, his wife, plays USO performer Peggy. Raben, Catree, and Parsons joined Cara Lieurance for a preview. And yes, the famous singing Andrews Sisters are a major plot point in the show...


On May 18 and 19, 1963, saxophonist Stan Getz recorded one of the best selling jazz albums of all time with two Brazilian Bossa Nova innovators: João Gilberto and Antonio Carlo Jobim. The album, Getz/Gilberto, hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Charts and produced the most famous Bossa Nova sung by Astrud Gilberto called “The Girl from Ipanema.” Keith Hall looks into how they created crossover magic in this collection of songs, on  Jazz Currents


chanticleer.org

William Fred Scott, the director of the award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer,  says the audiences that come to their concerts are some of the warmest and most appreciative he's ever experienced in his long career. The former artistic director and principal conductor of the Atlanta Opera, Scott took the reigns of Chanticleer in 2015. He tells Cara Lieurance about the works on the program 'My Secret Heart,' which range from the Renaissance era to the 20th century's Freddy Mercury. 


Bonica Ayala

With WMU's Spring Choral Showcase on Saturday, and the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth performing Sunday, Kim Adams says it will be an exceptional weekend for lovers of vocal music. The director of choral activities at Western Michigan University previews both concerts with Cara Lieurance.


Julien Mignot

On a tour that takes the Ébène Quartet from Texas to Québec, violinist Gabriel Le Magadure says they've set a tiring pace, but are buoyed up by diverse, receptive audiences across the United States. For tonight's Fontana concert, the group will play two beloved French quartets by Debussy and Ravel, and some Mozart for good measure. 


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