Local Music

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

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Director Nicki Poer and Ben Zylman talk to Cara Lieurance about the Kalamazoo Civic's production of Shrek: The Musical, which runs through December 14th.

Ms. Poer says the cast has a remarkable level of camaraderie, and large and small roles alike provide a moments to shine. As an experienced director of children's theater, Ms. Poer shares some advice for first-time actors, and says she thinks the story of Shrek provides a message that resonates with all ages. 

WMUK commentator Jonathan Boyd fills in the peaks and valleys of Scott Joplin's story for listeners who only know him as the "King of Ragtime." 

He emphasizes Scott Joplin's greatest ambition: creating an opera with a compelling African-American heroine who sheds light on the ignorance of others, which could serve to advance race relations in the United States.

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Handel's Messiah oratorio has had a reputation as a "peoples' work" for centuries, thanks to frequent performances, singable melodies, a famous "Hallelujah!" chorus, and, in recent decades, the rise of audience-participation concerts.

Matthew Fries is an established New York City-based jazz pianist who has performed with a wide variety of jazz singers and instrumentalists.

He joins Jazz Currents host Keith Hall to talk about his early musical opportunities, and takes advantage of the rare opportunity to play as a solo artist in the Takeda studio. An experienced ensemble player (he and Keith are both members of Tri-Fi), Mr. Fries talks about the difference between solo and ensemble playing.

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The director of Fontana, David Baldwin, joins Cara Lieurance to discuss the history and music of the Vienna Boys Choir in anticipation of the famed choral group's appearance in Kalamazoo at Chenery Auditorium. 

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