Local Music

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

Michael Lanka

Bayreuth to Broadway is the title of the May 5 concert by the Kalamazoo Singers.

Coming off the heels of an ambitious program in March featuring two major sacred works for choir and orchestra, Kalamazoo Singers conductor Rick Phelps looks ahead to a completely different program and fondly remembers the last one.

msu.edu

Fontana Chamber Arts presents cellist Suren Bagratuni, violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, and pianist Lori Sims in an all-French recital tonight at 7:30 pm. Cara Lieurance spoke with Dr. Bagratuni, who says it takes extra effort to maintain performance skills while teaching full-time at a major university.

Andrew Koehler

Conductor Andrew Koehler calls Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra Competition winner Cullen O'Neil an "amazingly gifted" cellist. 

He discusses the work she'll be performing with the orchestra this Sunday in Chenery Auditorium. He also describes the special qualities of Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, putting it in context between the writing of the seventh and ninth symphonies.

yourmusiccenter.org

The Battle Creek Community Chorus and Ars Voce are collaborating to present an ambitious program celebrating American composers this Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. 

Bach Festival Week in Kalamazoo continues tonight with an organ crawl around Bronson Park, tomorrow with a Bach sing-along prepped by three choral conductors, and concludes with a "Bach's Lunch Concert" Wednesday at noon. 

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