Local Music

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

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On Sunday, Qing Yu Chen performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, the same work she played last May at the Stulberg International String Competition. Chen, conductor Bruce Uchimura, and Stulberg director Margaret Hamilton previewed the concert with Cara Lieurance.


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Harvey de Souza, principal first violinist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, considers himself fortunate to have spent a career making music with the famous touring and recording orchestra, founded in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner. De Souza, who joined the group in 1993, talks to Cara Lieurance about the late conductor's vision for the group and his generosity with the players, and they preview the works on Saturday's Fontana program: the Sextet by Korngold, two pieces for octet by Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat.


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Henning Schroeder, who plays baritone saxophone with the renowned Capitol Quartet, is excited to bring the groundbreaking group and a program of fresh new music to the Live and Interactive! series presented by the Bullock Performance Institute at Western Michigan University. Now a professor of saxophone at Ohio Northern University, Schroeder earned a master's degree in saxophone performance at Western Michigan University in the mid-2000s. Schroeder tells Cara Lieurance about becoming the newest member of the Capitol Quartet, and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated work on the program, written for them by Carter Pann.


Chris Ludwa, the new music director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, speaks with Cara Lieurance about his dual passions for singing and social justice, and how he plans to bring them together in his role as leader of a 60 member chorus. On Thursday at Bell's Brewery, the chorus will host Bachtoberfest!, an event to raise funds for the chorus and hurricane relief for Puerto Rico. It starts at 7 pm, with music performances by Who Hit John? Missin' Peace, and Brass Rail. Ludwa says it will also be the unofficial debut of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Beer Chorus.


WMU School of Music

On Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, five top vocal jazz soloists will reunite as MOSS for a concert that will also feature the Western Jazz Quartet, the University Jazz Orchestra, and Gold Company.

At WMUK, Theo Bleckmann, Lauren Kinhan, Jo Lawry, Peter Eldridge and Kate McGarry previewed their performance and revealed that their now-classic 2008 album, Moss, was based on three things: delicious home-cooked meals, self-knowledge as experienced artists, and a spirit of supportiveness.


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