Local Music

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

IceNineJon, via Flick creative commons

Cellist and composer Elizabeth Start and guests will perform a program of fresh works inspired by her journeys to Alaska and Vietnam on Sunday. She'll also feature a number of song settings based on the poetry of Kalamazoo poet Conrad Hilberry. Start shares some of her travel stories and a recording of Hilberry reading his own poem, "The Mousetrap," in a conversation with Cara Lieurance.

William Zick is a retired administrative law judge for the Michigan Employment Security Commission.  He is now an independent historian and Webmaster of AfriClassical.com, a website that features information about the music and lives of musicians and composers of African descent.  Zick talks with Jack Perlstein about his passion for this research.

The Crag and Canyon

Calgary-based Anna Štube, an 11-year old prodigy from Latvia, will perform in Kalamazoo Wednesday night in a concert sponsored by the Kalamazoo Latvian Association. She and her mother, Daiga Štube, who will accompany Anna on the piano, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the concert. They were also joined by Michael Hansen, a board member of the Kalamazoo Latvian Association.

Jack Perlstein Presents

Aug 14, 2017

Monday, Wednesday and Friday I'll be featuring music by Swedish Composer Lars-Erik Larsson, whose importance in Swedish society was measured, among other things including broadcasting and theatre, in his many musical compositions. He wrote symphonies for full orchestra, songs, several concertinos for different instruments, works for piano, concerti, chamber works, ballet and opera.

Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, via Facebook

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck comes to a close this week with Schubert's expansive Octet in F for clarinet, horn, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello and bass, plus pieces by Mozart and Jan Bach. Grand Rapids Symphony horn player Paul Austin tells Cara Lieurance about his personal connection to the Octet and Schubert's music.