Local Music

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

On Saturday at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, the Battle Creek Symphony returns to stage for a season-opening concert called "Arabian Nights." Music director Anne Harrigan will conduct the program's centerpiece, Scheherazade, music from Disney's Aladdin, and the Aladdin Suite by Carl Nielsen. Harrigan previewed the highlights of the program with Cara Lieurance.


Katherine Mumma

Gypsy tells the true story of two young sisters who've never known any other life except show business, and never been allowed any other ambitions besides stage success by their single-minded mother. "She's a survivalist," says Mary Jo Mecca of her character, Mama Rose.

The classic Styne-Sondheim-Laurents musical opens the 10th season of Farmers Alley Theatre on Friday, October 6 at the Little Theatre.  Mecca, Michael Ehlers (Herbie), Stephanie Maloney (Louise) and director Kathy Mulay give their perspectives on how and why the story plays out the way it does.


Lin Foulk is surprised by the accolades she's received upon the release of a book she wrote for a narrow audience of music educators and horn players, but since its release on Amazon.com, she's pleased that the work of over a decade might be useful to a wider audience. She spoke with Cara Lieurance about her decision to put her best teaching advice in her own words, and how she still follows her own advice as a performer.


courtesy of Encore Magazine / encorekalamazoo.com

Two founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch, join Cara Lieurance to give listeners the high points on the large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that make up the tenth season of this award-winning, professional theater based in Kalamazoo. Bookended by the classic musical Gypsy and the modern smash The Producers, the season also offers dramas like The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Christians, an adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, and a one-man show, Liberace!, which takes place during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.


Folias Duo performs on the Milwood Series

Sep 21, 2017

The Folias Duo's performance this Sunday at 3pm at Milwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo will include an arrangement for flute and guitar of Beethoven's 'Pathetique' Piano Sonata.  Andrew Bergeron is the arranger and guitarist on this performance with his wife, flutist Carmen Maret.  Soprano Jessica Coe will perform with the Duo on this Sunday's concert.  You can listen to our conversation Thursday at 12:07pm on Jack Perlstein Presents, or click on the audio link below.

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