Local Music

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

Nadia Romanini

Dan Gustin, the executive director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, first heard pianist András Schiff perform in the early 1970s at Tanglewood, the renowned summer music festival held in the Berkshires in Massachussetts. Schiff played Book II of  J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, and Gustin knew he was hearing one of the most important pianists of his generation. Now, in 2017, Sir András Schiff, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, will perform for The Gilmore's Piano Masters Series, in a concert on Saturday, March 11 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. Gustin and Cara Lieurance discuss the life and significance of Schiff's work in this preview of Saturday's concert. 


courtesy The West Michigan Opera Project

The West Michigan Opera Project makes good on its slogan, "opera for all," by offering their productions in a variety of large and small communities at no charge. Tonight, they'll perform Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in Kalamazoo, at First Presbyterian Church, at 7:30 pm. Cara Lieurance spoke with the founder, soprano Sarah Faasse, soprano Jessica Coe (Susanna) and Trent Broussard (Figaro).


Wikimedia Commons

Three works by three Czech composers form the program "Between Worlds" which will be performed by the Kalamazoo Philharmonia on Saturday. Although Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony overshadows Suk's Fantastic Scherzo and Janacek's Sinfonietta ​in popularity, music director Andrew Koehler deftly ties them together with stories about their composition and histories.


WMU School of Music

David Colson, professor of music at Western Michigan University, and two colleagues from Rice University in Houston, TX - bassoonist Ben Kamins and percussionist Matthew Strauss - joined Cara for a convivial, wide-ranging discussion on writing and performing new music.  They'll premiere Colson's new piece,The wind is rising, the earth lets itself be inhaled tonight. The concert will also include a Colson's new solo piano pieces performed by Lori Sims, and a duo for trumpet and piano, performed by Scott Thornburg and Silvia Roederer.  


The Bush Center

The African Children's Choir will perform tonight and tomorrow at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Portage, as part of its annual Pancake Dinner and Ash Wednesday service. Choir director Tina Sipp says the choir was founded over 30 years ago, and is the primary fundraising arm of the Music For Life Institute, which works to provide educational support to children from impoverished families. Sipp describes how working with the children in the choir gives her a new perspective on living in the present.


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