Local Music

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

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Conductor Andrew Koehler and Cara Lieurance preview the Kalamazoo Philharmonia's next concert, which shows how composers like Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Brahms paid homage to composers and styles of the past.


Rather than a concerto soloist, the next Battle Creek Symphony concert will showcase a theater company as its featured guest. The What A Do Theatre will fill the roles of the fictional character, Don Juan, and the true-life composer, Richard Strauss, whose 1889 Don Juan was a work that cemented his reputation.


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Director Jay Berkow and cast members Gabrielle Oliva (Magnolia) and Kendall VanAmberg (Gaylord Ravenol) join Cara Lieurance to talk about what makes the still-popular 1927 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical Show Boat special.


The Arcadia Winds are a group of accomplished amateur musicians who like to challenge themselves with great works. On the opening of their fourth season at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo, the pieces are by Johannes Brahms, Darius Milhaud, and Emile Bernard. Cara Lieurance spoke with musicians Ron Chase and Barbara Hong, and Ladies Library Association representative Paula Jamison, for a preview of the concert.


Conductor Andrew Koehler talks about the season-opening concert of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, set for Sunday at 4 pm in Chenery Auditorium. He tells Cara Lieurance that he has designed a program that shows how the symphony transitioned from a pre-curtain hors-d'ouvre to the opera to the main dish of most orchestral programs.


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