Local Music

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

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Composer Sean Neukom, who met soloist Jessica Hung when they were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, recently wrote his first and "only" violin concerto with Hung in mind. It will be premiered on Saturday by Hung and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, under the director of Andrew Koehler. Neukom, Hung and Koehler discuss the new work and the rest of the program, titled "Americas," with Cara Lieurance.

The concert begins at 8 pm in the Dalton Theater of the Light Fine Arts Center at Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Tickets and further details at the Kalamazoo Philharmonia website.

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The Bullock Performance Institute presents a solo recital Wednesday night by Lori Sims, professor of piano at Western Michigan University. Sims talks to Cara Lieurance about the program she built around the works of Pulitzer prize-winning composer William Bolcom, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. A new work by Sims' colleague, David Colson, will get its premiere as well.

A pre-concert interview begins at 7 pm, and the program is at 7:30 pm. More information at the WMU School of Music website.

Minor Element

Anthony Tyler and Braulio Green of Minor Element, Tony Mitchell of Basic Comfort, and Jay Jackson and Terence Smith of Last Gasp Collective join Cara Lieurance to talk about a big "collab" this Friday night at Bell's Eccentric Café, which will bring together their three groups as well as the band Lushh. Doors open at 8:30 pm, for further details, visit Minor Element's website.


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Sunny Wilkinson, a beloved jazz vocalist in Michigan who has trained a generation of singers at both Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities, recently decided to take a little time for herself and her trio in the recording studio, which resulted in her new album, Into The Light.

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Jazz pianist Kenny Werner will headline concerts with the Western Jazz Quartet and the WMU Jazz Orchestra this weekend. Werner and WMU professor of jazz saxophone Andrew Rathbun joined Cara Lieurance for a conversation about his life as a composer, performer, and educator. Werner discusses the events that led to him writing his highly-regarded book for musicians, Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within

Werner will join Andrew Rathbun, Scott Cowan, Tom Knific and Keith Hall onstage tonight at 8 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. On Saturday at 7:30 pm, he'll perform with the WMU Jazz Orchestra. Details at the Jazz Studies website.


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