Local Music

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

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The Kalamazoo Singers is set to perform a swingin' concert Saturday night, says director Rick Phelps. "A Jazzy Christmas" is unusual in that the Singers will keep the jazzy character of the concert for the full length of the program. Also special this year is the addition of Kalamazoo Central High School's Hawthorne Singers. "A Jazzy Christmas" is set for Saturday at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo.

Battle Creek Symphony

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra conductor Anne Harrigan and Battle Creek Community Chorus director Clayton Parr began strategizing the rehearsal process for this Saturday's performance of Handel's Messiah in July. In a preview of the concert with Cara Lieurance, Parr and Harrigan explain that the devil is in the details, but a successful performance will let Handel's intentions shine through.

Chris Owyoung

Geoffrey Williams, countertenor for Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony, talks with Cara Lieurance about New York Polyphony's holiday tour around the U.S. The male vocal quartet will be making its first appearance in Kalamazoo on Friday, in a Fontana concert at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Williams says this will be only the second concert the  group has performed in Michigan. 

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The often-roving Grammy award-winning opera singer Meredith Arwady says she has over 80 reasons, in the form of family and friends, to keep her Kalamazoo roots strong. On Monday, December 11 at 7:30 pm, Arwady and a former Loy Norrix music teacher, Marie Kerstetter, will present a free (with goodwill offering) holiday concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In a preview with Cara Lieurance, they reminisce about Arwady's student days and share their love of holiday music, from Handel's Messiah to the Bing Crosby album White Christmas.

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"Christmas in Kalamazoo," a collaboration betweeen the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, the Kalamazoo Ringers, and the Kalamazoo Brass, will be held at Centerpoint Church on Tuesday night. This year, each group chose seasonal pieces originating with English traditions, including the "Coventry Carol" and Renaissance composer Giles Farnaby's "Fancies, Toyes and Dreams." Chorus director Michael Palmer, Kalamazoo Ringers founding member Karol Dill, and organist Kory Heitzig join Cara Lieurance to showcase some of the music and talk about their collaboration.