Local Music

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


In November, Australian native Susie Park debuted in her new role as concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.


Over the past several years, Jun-Ching Lin, the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has been a welcome presence in the west Michigan region as a performer and educator. 

Most recently, he performed as the soloist in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op 19 with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, then joined the Merling Trio to perform a program of chamber music. 


The Kalamazoo Singers will present one of the first holiday concerts of the season on Sunday

Rob Wagley, a performer and member of the Kalamazoo Singers board, says the program features pairs of composers, pairs of texts, and mirroring introductions and conclusions of brass and organ. 


Andrea Beaton grew up on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Beaton family, like the Rankins and the MacMasters, came to the attention of folk music enthusiasts in the 1960s and 70s through field recordings of house parties and dances. The main purpose of the music was social. It was something that knit together the small coal-mining communities.


Béla Fleck has single-handedly turned the banjo into a virtuoso solo instrument that can comfortably play with jazz combos, African trios, string quartets and orchestras. In 2010 upon completing his first concerto for banjo, The Imposter, he followed up with a companion piece for banjo and string quartet, Night Flight Over Water, which he recorded with the adventurous string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.