Local Music

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


A pianist who finds surprising connections between diverse composers, Dejan Lazic is an experienced concert artist known for his brilliant playing and idiosyncratic interpretations. Born in Croatia, Lazic grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum, spending his summers in Hungary at a music festival founded by his teachers, Zoltan Kocsis and Imre Rohrmann.  


Lori Sims says she didn't fall in love with Debussy's piano preludes until she began teaching her students at Western Michigan University. In the past, she had been vocal about never wanting to perform Debussy, but now, she'll perform both sets of preludes in concert at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in two sold-out concerts. 


Saturday’s concert by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will feature Edward Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85, and the ballet Petroushka by Igor Stravinsky. The soloist for the concerto is Hai-Ye Ni, principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra, she was associate principal in the New York Philharmonic.

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.