Local Music

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


The Kalamazoo Singers will present one of the first holiday concerts of the season on Sunday

Rob Wagley, a performer and member of the Kalamazoo Singers board, says the program features pairs of composers, pairs of texts, and mirroring introductions and conclusions of brass and organ. 


Andrea Beaton grew up on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Beaton family, like the Rankins and the MacMasters, came to the attention of folk music enthusiasts in the 1960s and 70s through field recordings of house parties and dances. The main purpose of the music was social. It was something that knit together the small coal-mining communities.


Béla Fleck has single-handedly turned the banjo into a virtuoso solo instrument that can comfortably play with jazz combos, African trios, string quartets and orchestras. In 2010 upon completing his first concerto for banjo, The Imposter, he followed up with a companion piece for banjo and string quartet, Night Flight Over Water, which he recorded with the adventurous string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.

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During the time the Soviet Union was falling apart in the 1990s, Edisher Savitski was a young pianist pursuing a career in music while supporting the independence movement in his country, the Democratic Republic of Georgia. 

An invitation to study in the United States changed his life.


The Western Winds is a versatile ensemble that brings together Western Michigan University's wind, brass and percussion faculty with WMU graduate assistant performers, in various configurations. 

The repertoire is challenging, ranging from Beethoven to Ewazen, and the concerts are prepared in just three rehearsals, which is typical in the professional music world.