Local Music

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

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Kevin Vaughn, a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame, speaks with Cara Lieurance about his upcoming Michigan Festival of Sacred Music organ recital that features an organ mass composed for All Saints' Day by French composer Gaston Litaize. It uses Gregorian chant as source material, and the male ensemble of Early Music Michigan will be on hand to sing the original chants during the performance. Vaughan will also perform a variety of other works on the free program, which begins at 7 pm on Friday, November 3 at the Cathedral of St. Augustine.

Stulberg International String Competition

Only the second bassist to win the Stulberg International String Competition in 42 years, high school senior William McGregor will perform a concerto with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night in Miller Auditorium. In an interview, he talks about his experience at the Stulberg Competition, and about the concerto he's playing in his debut with the KSO.

Kristen Loken

Donato Cabrera, a candidate to become music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the program he'll conduct on Saturday night in Miller Auditorium at 8 pm. After touching on two unusual concertos - one for oboe, one for double-bass - he shares his appreciation for Bruckner's Symphony No. 1. Its appearance on symphonic concerts anywhere is extremely rare.


Oystein Baadsvik emerged from a Norwegian music scene that boasted no small number of low brass players, as it turns out. Community brass bands are a popular activity in Scandinavia, but it is quite rare for a tubist to become a full-time concert artist without relying orchestra work and teaching. Oystein Baadsvik is that rare artist, and he joined Cara Lieurance to talk about his career and the music he'll perform tonight at 7:30 pm, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

Kristin Hoeberman

Tonight at 7:30 pm on the Live and Interactive! series at Western Michigan University, soloist Amy Porter will present a program of flute works, many of which have personal connections to her either as an area of specialization or as a work dedicated to her by a composer. In a conversation at WMUK with Cara Lieurance and Martha Councell-Vargas, professor of flute at WMU, she describes the two sides of her career: the world-traveled concert soloist, and the supportive "Professor Porter" for her students at the University of Michigan.