Local Music

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

Nikolaj Lund

Gregor Sigl, the violist of the Artemis Quartet, talks about the program for their Saturday night performance on the Fontana series, which will be held in Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College. The concert begins with Beethoven's String Quartet Op 18 No. 3, his favorite of the Op 18 set. It feels "spring-like," and often serves to center the players in their music at the beginning of a performance, he says. 

The next piece on the program, Bartok's String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, was written during the first world war, and it remains an unsettling masterwork that maintains its relevance. Sigl says audiences sometimes take time at intermission to talk and release pent-up emotions about the piece. The concert ends with Robert Schumann's Quartet Op 41 No. 1, and Sigl reflects on how Schumann's music reflects what we know of his personality.

A Conversation with flutist & conductor Ransom Wilson

Apr 5, 2018

Ransom Wilson talks with Jack Perlstein about the main influences in his music career as a flutist and conductor.  Click on the links to hear parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part conversation.  You can hear part 3 next Thursday at 12:07pm.

WMU Theatre

The classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be the last production of WMU Theatre's 2017-18 season. Directed by guest artist Patrick Cassidy, a veteran performer of theater and television, it will run April 7 - 15 in Shaw Theatre.

Cassidy and WMU junior Joriah Fleming (Judas) join Cara Lieurance to discuss many aspects of the production, including the extreme vocal and acting demands of the lead roles. They also share their appreciation for the human themes in this epic drama.

via Western Brass Quintet

The Western Brass Quintet will perform original works by four composers tonight on the Bullock Performance Institute Series at Western Michigan University.  Trumpeters Scott Thornburg and Robert White discuss the works on the program, saying that the brass quintet as a form has allowed certain composers to experiment in unusual ways. 


The much-lauded jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, who has made significant contributions to music in a career spanning over 60 years, joined Cara Lieurance in the studio to preview his concert with longtime friend Tom Knific, the chair of the Western Michigan University Jazz Studies Department. Beginning at 7:30 pm, the performance will also feature singer Sunny Wilkinson, and will be held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU.

The conversation touches upon a few of his favorite collaborators over the years, and Gene reveals his near-miss career path: he studied architecture at Notre Dame University.