Local Music

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


Vanessa Vo is a leading ambassador of Vietnamese music to the rest of the world. 

Trained in Vietnamese folk traditions and the European classical repertory, her primary instrument is the dan tranh, a zither-like instrument, and the đàn bầu, an expressive one-string instrument. She uses her experience in improvisation and knowledge of many traditions to create new gardens of music in which to play.

Neda Navaee

A 2013 Cliburn Competition silver medalist is the next soloist to appear on The Gilmore Rising Stars Series. Beatrice Rana hails from Lecce, Italy, a small southern town where her parents, and teacher Benedetto Lupo, guided her musical development.


Charlie Albright, who last appeared in west Michigan as a 2010 Gilmore Young Artist, has spent the last four years earning degrees at Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. 

Hardly a by-the-book pianist, Albright's approach to music includes the classics, new modern works, and exploring his own improvisational muse. 


Anton Armstrong sees each member of the St. Olaf Choir as an emerging adult, whose participation in the world-renowned choir will affect the whole person, not just his or her musicianship. 


Described as a “rock star of early music” by Western Michigan University professor Dr. Matthew Steel, Jordi Savall will perform a solo viola da gamba program on Saturday for Fontana’s fall/winter series.