Local Music

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

Joan Marcus

Mallory King graduated with a degree in music theater performance from Western Michigan University in 2015. Two years later, she's visiting Kalamazoo again as a lead performer in a  national touring company of the Tony Award winning Annie.  King talks to Cara Lieurance about her character, Lily St. Regis, and what life is like as an up-and-coming singer/dancer/actor.  

Alexander Perelli

The new music scene in New York and Chicago boasts a number of groups paving their own way. Wet Ink is one, along with ICE, Bang on a Can, Eighth Blackbird, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. Members of the group visited Western Michigan University this week, and joined Cara Lieurance to talk about what they do to create and perform new works.

Smythe Richbourg

The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Valentine's Day with an abundance of romantic favorites, including the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture by Tchaikovsky, and Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Austin Haley Berman, winner of the bronze medal in the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition, will also join the KJSO to perform the famous Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky. Conductor Andrew Koehler shares the stories behind these iconic works.

Caroline Bitten

The Danish String Quartet is on tour in the United States, and it's a big deal for fans of classical music. On February 3 last week, the Boston Musical Intelligencer​ observed: "...the group gave a performance [...] with ensemble playing at an unobtrusively superhuman level." On Wednesday, cellist Fredrik Sjölin of the Danish String Quartet talked to Cara Lieurance about  tonight's concert in Kalamazoo for the Fontana series.

Gold Company and GCII, the acclaimed vocal jazz ensembles at Western Michigan University, will celebrate the kings and queens of pop, jazz, blues and rock and pay tribute to outgoing WMU president John Dunn in two performances Saturday at Miller Auditorium. Gold Company director Greg Jasperse and student producer Hannah Truckenbrod run down some of the highlights with Cara Lieurance.