Local Music

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


The Claremont Trio brings its award-winning combination of violin, cello and piano to the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck this week, opening the festival's 30th season of summer chamber concerts at the Woman's Club of Saugatuck. Cara Lieurance spoke with cellist Julia Bruskin, who founded the trio with her sister Emily Bruskin in 1999. 

More from conductor Richard Auldon Clark

Jun 29, 2017

Richard Clark talks about how he would like music to be taught and about breaking down barriers.

Cybelle Codish

Jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon, a soloist and collaborator with Freddy Cole and Michael Bublé, visits with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall for an hour of music and conversation in the Takeda Studio at WMUK. They cover a wide range of topics, including Napoleon's upbringing in Ann Arbor, Michigan; his move to New York City to pursue a career in jazz, his breakthrough gigs, and how his technique contributes to his sound. Napoleon also plays a selection of standards and originals.  

Meet Violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez

Jun 22, 2017

Mexican-American violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez was born and raised in Central Mexico, where following a music path tended to be difficult. Finding a private teacher or getting even a basic music education were amongst the most difficult hurdles.

Maureen talked with Jack Perlstein about growing up in San Miguel de Allende and her educational experience after moving to the U.S.

Pianist Dan Willenberg and his trio will host an open jazz jam session in a Crescendo Academy-sponsored event on Wednesday, June 21. Freewill offerings will be collected in support of scholarships that help students attend lessons and group classes at Crescendo Academy, which offers musical instruction for all ages on nearly all instruments. Willenberg, a Crescendo jazz instructor, and executive director Audey Lipsey joined Cara Lieurance to preview the event.