Local Music

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

Nikki Statler

On tomorrow's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert, both violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges will appear as soloists, in two works by Leonard Bernstein: his Serenade after Plato's Symposium for violin, strings & percussion; and the Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah.' They discuss the two works, and how they each prepared for their roles in front of the orchestra.

The Bernstein's 100th​ concert is at 8 pm Saturday, March 24 in Miller Auditorium. Tickets and more details available at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra website

Chuck Moses

Stilian Kirov, the Bulgarian-born, Juilliard-trained conductor who currently helms three American regional orchestras, previews the works on the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's next concert with Cara Lieurance. The concert will pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein in the 100th anniversary of his birth; they discuss two of his most virtuosic works - the Serenade After Plato's Symposium and the Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah.'

Stilian Kirov is a candidate to become the next music director of the KSO. 


Composer Sean Neukom, who met soloist Jessica Hung when they were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, recently wrote his first and "only" violin concerto with Hung in mind. It will be premiered on Saturday by Hung and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, under the director of Andrew Koehler. Neukom, Hung and Koehler discuss the new work and the rest of the program, titled "Americas," with Cara Lieurance.

The concert begins at 8 pm in the Dalton Theater of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Tickets and further details at the Kalamazoo Philharmonia website.


The Bullock Performance Institute presents a solo recital Wednesday night by Lori Sims, professor of piano at Western Michigan University. Sims talks to Cara Lieurance about the program she built around the works of Pulitzer prize-winning composer William Bolcom, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. A new work by Sims' colleague, David Colson, will get its premiere as well.

A pre-concert interview begins at 7 pm, and the program is at 7:30 pm. More information at the WMU School of Music website.

Minor Element

Anthony Tyler and Braulio Green of Minor Element, Tony Mitchell of Basic Comfort, and Jay Jackson and Terence Smith of Last Gasp Collective join Cara Lieurance to talk about a big "collab" this Friday night at Bell's Eccentric Café, which will bring together their three groups as well as the band Lushh. Doors open at 8:30 pm, for further details, visit Minor Element's website.