Local Music

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

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Cristobal Pineda Flores, the head of the percussion program at the national School of Music in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, is the featured guest artist on a concert by the Western Michigan University Percussion Ensemble on Wednesday night. An expert on the musical traditions of Mayan descendants and Garifuna music, he and the WMU percussion students will perform music of these cultures, as well as a variety of modern pieces by American composers.   Pineda and WMU professor of percussion Judy Moonert,  along with student Austin Mortiere, join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


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A buzzed-about piece of musical theater from jazz pianist/composer Jeremy Siskind and playwright Adam Pasen will go before the public in a staged reading at the Little Theatre at 8 pm on April 7 and 8. Jeremy Siskind and actor/singer James Lee Richardson give listeners a sneak peek.


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Nir Kabaretti, whose conducting career was launched in Vienna and advanced in Italy, now makes his home in California, where he serves as music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. On Saturday, he'll guest conduct an exciting Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra program featuring organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter. Kabaretti and the KSO's Nikki Statler join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


In 1954, trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach recorded a landmark album that helped to define the sound of the Hard Bop era of the 1950’s. The Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet was one of the most influential jazz groups of all time, releasing five albums until the untimely death of Brown in 1956. In this episode of Jazz Currents, Keith Hall breaks down the elements that combined to create a classic.


WMU School of Music

Dr. Matthew Steel, professor of music history and director of Western Michigan University's Collegium Musicum, first began directing the group when he joined the School of Music faculty in 1984, he tells Cara Lieurance. During their preview of the Thursday concert, Steel discusses what he's looking forward to in retirement, and what he'll miss after leaving the School of Music. Steel says a number of former students who became early music performers will participate, including flutist Colin Brown and harpsichordist Emily Solomon.


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