Local Music

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

Opera Grand Rapids

Chelsea Morris Shephard will perform the role of Amour this weekend, in Opera Grand Rapids' new production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orpheus & Euridice. A native of Michigan, she credits Mattawan choir director David Hook and Kalamazoo Children's Chorus director Fred Sang with encouraging her to pursue vocal performance.

Caroline Bittencourt

Fontana's new season will feature eight concerts between September 2016 and May 2017. Executive director David Baldwin previewed seven of them, with musical examples, in an interview with Cara Lieurance. Details will be available soon on Fontana's website.

Danielle Guerra

Longtime collaborators Lucas Pino and Jeremy Siskind premiered a new collection of songs, Golden Rule, Turing Test, at Western Michigan University on Tuesday. It's a sometimes lighthearted, sometimes bemused reaction to the way we filter our human relationships through social media and mobile devices.

Martha Councell-Vargas has been pushing her boundaries as a solo artist. In her 2013 release Gran Danzon, she presented a collection of rarely heard music of the Americas for flute and piano, and followed it up in 2016 with Fantasíawhich explored the unaccompanied flute traditions of the American continents. This Friday, Councell-Vargas's live performance will incorporate movement, dance, original videography, and selections of European and American flute repertoire.

We’ve been exploring the careers of the Jones Brothers from Pontiac, Michigan.  We heard from pianist Hank Jones and trumpeter Thad Jones, so our final episode, focuses on the youngest brother - drummer Elvin Jones.