Local Music

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

Bonica Ayala

With WMU's Spring Choral Showcase on Saturday, and the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth performing Sunday, Kim Adams says it will be an exceptional weekend for lovers of vocal music. The director of choral activities at Western Michigan University previews both concerts with Cara Lieurance.


Julien Mignot

On a tour that takes the Ébène Quartet from Texas to Québec, violinist Gabriel Le Magadure says they've set a tiring pace, but are buoyed up by diverse, receptive audiences across the United States. For tonight's Fontana concert, the group will play two beloved French quartets by Debussy and Ravel, and some Mozart for good measure. 


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Cristobal Pineda Flores, the head of the percussion program at the national School of Music in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, is the featured guest artist on a concert by the Western Michigan University Percussion Ensemble on Wednesday night. An expert on the musical traditions of Mayan descendants and Garifuna music, he and the WMU percussion students will perform music of these cultures, as well as a variety of modern pieces by American composers.   Pineda and WMU professor of percussion Judy Moonert,  along with student Austin Mortiere, join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


farmersalleytheatre.com

A buzzed-about piece of musical theater from jazz pianist/composer Jeremy Siskind and playwright Adam Pasen will go before the public in a staged reading at the Little Theatre at 8 pm on April 7 and 8. Jeremy Siskind and actor/singer James Lee Richardson give listeners a sneak peek.


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.


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