Local Music

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

David Bazemore

Nir Kabaretti, whose conducting career was launched in Vienna and advanced in Italy, now makes his home in California, where he serves as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. On Saturday, he'll guest conduct an exciting Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program featuring organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter. Kabaretti and the KSO's Nikki Statler join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


In 1954, trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach recorded a landmark album that helped to define the sound of the Hard Bop era of the 1950’s. The Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet was one of the most influential jazz groups of all time, releasing five albums until the untimely death of Brown in 1956. In this episode of Jazz Currents, Keith Hall breaks down the elements that combined to create a classic.


WMU School of Music

Dr. Matthew Steel, professor of music history and director of Western Michigan University's Collegium Musicum, first began directing the group when he joined the School of Music faculty in 1984, he tells Cara Lieurance. During their preview of the Thursday concert, Steel discusses what he's looking forward to in retirement, and what he'll miss after leaving the School of Music. Steel says a number of former students who became early music performers will participate, including flutist Colin Brown and harpsichordist Emily Solomon.


Laurence OP, via Flickr

Thomas Fielding, organist and music director at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, will perform Parisian composer Henri Mulet's Byzantine Sketches, accompanied by projected still photography, in a free concert at the cathedral  on Sunday at 5 pm. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Fielding explains that Henri Mulet was a reclusive organist whose most famous work is the final movement of the Byzantine Sketches, composed to honor various architectural aspects of his beloved Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris, France.


C. Neuhaus, via Flickr

In a rare occurrence, one  soloist, Cameron Carpenter, will appear on two concert series in Kalamazoo in the space of a week. A Juilliard-trained virtuoso organist, Carpenter carved his own path in classical music by embracing a custom-designed solid-state concert organ which produces sound through a speaker array rather than pipes. Carpenter spoke to Cara Lieurance about the International Touring Organ, which travels by truck and takes at least three hours to set up at a venue.


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