Local Music

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

C. Lieurance

Taking a break from their studies at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, bassoonists Laura Diaz, Quinn O'Donnell, Troy Robertson III, Joseph Swift, Hannah Truckenbrod, Mingyuan Yang and Evan Zanger visit the Takeda studio at WMUK to perform music arranged for one to seven bassoons.

The Kalamazoo Singers' season continues this Sunday with a program of 20th-century works by North and South American composers. 

Director Rick Phelps reveals that many selections are lifetime favorites, including Morten Lauridsen's setting of James Agee's poem "Sure On This Shining Night." The choir, which was founded thirty-eight years ago by Mel Ivey, will also perform another setting of James Agee's text. It's by the writer's friend, composer Samuel Barber.


Tom Fielding is the director of liturgy and music at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo.

On Friday at 7 pm, he steps out of his accompaniment role to perform as a solo organist on the music series he created in 2012, called "Sacred Music At The Cathedral."  

Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra music director Bruce Uchimura voices his opinions on two very popular classical works: Richard Strauss's Don Juan, and Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. 

Uchimura explains his dual purpose in picking music for programs: he hopes to entertain the audience and at the same time guide the musicians, mostly undergraduates, through the major works in the classical repertoire to help prepare them for music careers.

John Abbott

A printout of his discography, single-spaced in small print, is sixteen pages long. And it's missing all of his recordings of the last nine years, including the 2013 Grammy Award-winning Night in Calisia.