Local Music

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

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Raymond Harvey gives WMUK listeners a preview of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's opening concert. The 94th season begins with a program featuring the exotic sounds and driving dance rhythms of Spanish and Argentinian ballet music, and a guest appearance by trumpet virtuoso Brandon Ridenour



The bronze, silver and gold medalists of last May's 2014 Stulberg International String Competition will visit west Michigan over the fall/winter season to perform with a variety of orchestras.

Executive director Margaret Hamilton and Cara Lieurance preview the upcoming appearances by 15 year-old Toronto violinist Emma Meinrenken (Stulberg silver medalist) in October; 15 year-old Massachussets cellist Zlatomir Fung (Stulberg gold medalist) in November; and 18 year-old Texas cellist Charles Seo (Stulberg bronze medalist) in February 2015. 


A musical based on a beloved children's book, The Secret Garden will open this week at Farmers Alley Theatre. 

Kathy Mulay directs a cast that includes her daughter, Denene Mulay Koch (Lily Craven), her son-in-law Jeremy Koch (Archibald Craven), and her grandson Jason Koch (Colin Craven). Cara Lieurance leads the three family members in a discussion about playing their roles in real life and on stage. 


The Western Jazz Quartet lost three of its founding members in 2012, but barely skipped a beat in re-forming a new group. 


Gene Knific, the son of two Western Michigan University music professors, began studying jazz at the college level while still in high school. 

After four years at the University of Miami, he moved back to Kalamazoo this summer, re-introducing himself to the region with a performance at the Fontana summer festival.