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

Jazz Currents is previewing some of the jazz artists that are performing at The Gilmore Keyboard Festival this spring.  This episode features Mr. B, Emily Bear, Sullivan Fortner and Taylor Eigsti.

Western Michigan University School of Music

WMU concerto competition winners flutist Heidi Keener, bassoonist Mingyuan Yang and cellist Adriana Fernández will each perform virtuoso works with the Western Michigan University in a free concert that will bring the 2015-16 WMU season to a conclusion on Sunday. Dr. Bruce Uchimura, conductor of the WMU Symphony Orchestra, describes the works on the program, which include showpieces by Mozart, Bloch, and Doppler as well as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Soloist Adriana Fernandez, a graduate student from Ecuador, talks about her experience at Western's School of Music.


miroquartet.com

The Miró Quartet plays Schubert. They play Beethoven. But they also collaborate with celebrated percussionist Colin Currie, in a fresh program that includes classics but also new works written for the unusual combination of quartet and percussion. In this case, Colin Currie will mostly ply his mallets on the marimba. 

More Jazz at The Gilmore

Apr 15, 2016

Jazz Currents is previewing some of the jazz artists that are performing at The Gilmore Keyboard Festival this spring.  This episode introduces Michel Legrand, Elio Villafranca and Ariel Pocock.

Wikipedia Commons

The 69th Annual Bach Festival Week begins with a performance of Mozart's Requiem, his final, unfinished masterpiece, Saturday night. It brings together the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, led by James Turner, and the Arcato Ensemble, a group founded by conductor Andrew Koehler.

Musicologist Zaide Pixley will present a pre-concert talk about the Requiem and the circumstances under which it was written. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, she attempts to dispel some of the fabrications and exaggerations which were attached to the final days of Mozart's life. Even so, Andrew Koehler says there is a quality of urgency and dread in the work that does suggest he was grappling with his own mortality. James Turner describes the process of preparing the chorus for the performance, and introduces the soloists for the concert. 

The concert is set for 8 pm on Saturday, April 9 in Chenery Auditorium, with a pre-concert talk at 7 pm. 

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