Local Music

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

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The cast and crew of Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Jr, which opens this Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, is comprised of over ninety young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years old, according to director Nicki Poer. She joined Cara Lieurance in the studio for a preview, along with music director Kellee Love Haselton and cast members Daye Alexander (Belle) and Ben Eiler (the Beast).


halfrain, via flickr

The Arcadia Woodwind Quintet resumes its season at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo on Friday at 7:30 pm. Horn player Ron Chase and bassoonist Judy Belland, two members of the Arcadia Woodwind Quintet, discuss the various works on the program. And Ladies Library Association member Paula Jamison sings the praises of the venue, which has been the center of the association's activities since 1878.


Jazz Currents: Shirley Horn's 'Here's To Life'

Mar 10, 2017

In 1992, pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn and her trio, enhanced by the orchestral arrangements of Johnny Mandel, produced Here's To Life, which would become her best-known album. According to Keith Hall, it is a shining example of her careful pacing, her unsurpassed signature style of storytelling and her ability to make listeners feel the full emotion of each lyric. In this episode of Jazz Currents, Keith Hall pulls back the curtain on a modern classic.


via Kalamazoo Singers facebook

Conductor Rick Phelps pored over 40 seasons of Kalamazoo Singers concert programs to research the program he will conduct this Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Among other favorites, Choral Classics will feature the Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the opera that brought together members of the original choir in 1976.


Melanie Cook

As an instrument for adults, the recorder has a lot to offer, says Karen Woodworth, director of  the Kalamazoo Recorder Players. The group will celebrate Play The Recorder Month with a public performance at Sarkozy Bakery, Sunday at 11:00 am. Woodworth says they'll play Baroque dances, Irish ditties, and various pieces for different combinations of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Play The Recorder Month is sponsored every year by the American Recorder Society


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