Local Music

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


There are nine productions in the new season of theater at Western Michigan University: everything from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the musical The Wiz. Behind the scenes, faculty and students are prepping everything from scripts, to sets, to advertising, as they launch a non-stop year of drama, comedy, musicals, and more. 

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Lillian Pettitt is a busy Chicago cellist who performs with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, Orchestra Iowa and various Chicago groups. She jokes that she and her peers playing in multiple ensembles call themselves the "Freeway Philharmonic." But on Thursday night, Pettitt will have the stage to herself as a soloist in the "Cool Concerts on Thursdays" series.


  Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians are enthusiastic about presenting a summer park concert on Friday night to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Organized independently by the musicians, who recently came to an agreement after an extended dispute with KSO management, it's the first outdoor symphonic concert since 2010. Conductor Andrew Koehler says it's a "trip around the world" program featuring audience favorites by Strauss, Bizet, Copland, Puccini, and Brahms. 


Violinist Megan Healy and pianist Helen Lukan play works of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Sarasate at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo on Thursday night. They discussed their musical partnership with Cara Lieurance before the concert.

courtesy of Encore Magazine / encorekalamazoo.com

Farmers Alley Theatre, which was founded by four theater veterans - Adam Weiner, Rob Weiner, Jeremy Koch, and Denene Mulay Koch - begins its ninth season on September 30. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch say their mission to produce thought-provoking, entertaining live theater in an intimate setting has expanded. Four years ago, the theater began an association with the Actor's Equity Association, the professional union for actors on Broadway and other major theater centers. This has allowed local casts to mix with seasoned professionals.