Local Music

Local Music
11:30 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Gunther Fonken remembered in music by Knifics

Music was integral to the life of Gunther Fonken, who passed away in March at the age of 88.

A long-time Kalamazoo resident, his late-in-life romance and marriage to Agnes Hughes inspired composer Tom Knific to write a piece for solo violin, "The Love of Her Life." Renata Knific first performed it at a gathering Agnes arranged in June to celebrate Gunther's life. Tom and Renata came to WMUK and played it for Cara Lieurance, who spoke with them about their memories of Gunther Fonken.

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4:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Martha Hart to sing of 'a woman's life and love' in Saugatuck

Mezzo-soprano Martha Hart

Cara Lieurance talks to mezzo-soprano Martha Hart, who appears this week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

They discuss the Schumann song cycle 'Frauenliebe und leben' in-depth, and touch on other works on the program. Ms. Hart, a faculty member of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, also discusses her musical upbringing in Holland, Michigan.

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6:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hot Club of Detroit to play Fontana summer finale

The Hot Club of Detroit
Credit Anna Webber

The final concert of the Fontana summer festival will feature the Hot Club of Detroit, whose style is rooted in gypsy jazz rhythms, but whose personnel bring their own modern day influences to the mix.

The group's virtuoso accordionist, Julien Labro, gave Cara Lieurance a crash course in how the band balances its blend of tradition and progress.   

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6:29 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

A conversation with Duo Diorama's pianist, Winston Choi

Duo Diorama
Credit Chad Johnston

Duo Diorama is the husband-and-wife team of violinist MingHuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi.

At the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, they'll perform a program of music by Bach, Brahms, William Grant Still, and John Corigliano. Cara Lieurance talks to Winston Choi about the couple's Michigan connections, Mr. Choi's Canadian upbringing, and their new life in Chicago.

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10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Calidore Quartet to play sold-out Fontana concert

The Calidore String Quartet
Credit calidorestringquartet.com

The Calidore Quartet, an award-winning string quartet formed at the Colburn School in California, will perform Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Fontana summer festival.

Cara Lieurance spoke with Jeremy Berry about the quartet's rapid rise following its gold medal performance at the 2011 Fischoff competition.   

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