Local Music

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

Marco Borggreve

Violinist Liza Ferschtman will play the Violin Concerto, Op 14 by Samuel Barber with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, in a program called Barber And Bartok. The Dutch musician tells Cara Lieurance about her childhood filled with music and musicians, remembering games of pretend accompanied by her sister playing Chopin's Revolutionary Etude.


Director Michael P. Martin, music director Hal Hobson, and cast members Joseph Sablan (Frederic), Donna Willoughby (Mabel) and Karen Trout (Ruth) join Cara Lieurance in a discussion about the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy-operetta The Pirates Of Penzance.


Rob Shanahan

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, WMU jazz professor Andrew Rathbun talks about the incredible career of drummer Peter Erskine, who will appear on stage with Western student and faculty ensembles on Thursday.  

Jazz Currents: Miles Davis's Highs And Lows After Paris (Pt 2)

Oct 26, 2016

(For part one of this series, click here.) This episode focuses on Miles Davis' career in the 1950s. Jazz Currents host Keith Hall features Davis in a duet with Thelonious Monk and delves into his classic albums with his first great quintet. We'll also hear from his collaboration with Gil Evans, Miles Ahead


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Western Michigan University alumna Kitsie Emerson was pursuing an advanced degree in piano at Queens College, and she was becoming miserable. In a city crowded with hungry pianists, she had been confined to her tiny apartment for months, practicing. So, for a change of pace (and to satisfy a degree requirement), she signed up for lessons on a few non-western instruments. One was the gamelan.


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