Local Music

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

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The Kalamazoo Bach Festival kicked off on May 5  with "Bach And Beyond," a program featuring the Arcato Ensemble and countertenor soloist Terry Barber, led by Andrew Koehler. Festival director Cori Somers, conductor Andrew Koehler, and organist Kory Heitzig joined Cara Lieurance to preview the first five days of the festival, which includes performances by Carl Witt and the Red Sea Pedestrians, and a first-time program, "Inside the Organ," a guided tour of the inner workings of an organ installation.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The final production of the 2016-17 Kalamazoo Civic Theatre season is Sister Act, the stage adaptation of the 1992 film, with lyrics and music by Glenn Slater and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid).  Former managing director Jim Carver, at a vigorous 85 years old, is directing the show, which stars Christie Coleman as Deloris Van Cartier, Ron Ware as Curtis Shank, Este' Fan Kizer as Eddie Souther, and includes Janet Gover as Sister Mary Theresa. They joined Cara Lieurance for a preview of the show, which, they agreed, "is about love."

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Historically, music can be divided into two broad categories: music based on song, and music based on dance, according to Andrew Koehler, director of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra.  The conductor joined Cara Lieurance to preview folk-dance inspired works of Grieg, Delius, and De Falla, as well as arias by Mozart and Handel, which will be performed by of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 season, called "Spirit of the Dance." Performing the arias is baritone Alex Smith, the winner of the 2017 KJSO Concerto Competition.

Craig Freeman

Saxophonist Sam Pilnick, guitarist Andrew Saliba, bassist Mike Horrigan and drummer Steve Perry, all Western Michigan University School of Music grads or soon-to-be grads, have enjoyed gigging together for over a year at various venues around Kalamazoo and west Michigan. WMUK contributor Craig Freeman asked them to come to WMUK's Takeda studio to play some of their current favorites.

Pianist, composer and all-around-indispensable Kalamazoo musician Carl Witt invites Cara Lieurance to his home studio to give an insider's view of the Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, playing examples that demonstrate the work's unusual features. Witt will perform the variations at the 2017 Kalamazoo Bach Festival on May 7 in the Light Fine Arts Building's Dalton Theatre at Kalamazoo College.