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Ashley Daneman

Last August, after several months spent composing a jazz suite commissioned by Sparks & Echo ArtsBenje Daneman recorded the tracks for his new album, Light in the Darkness Joining him on the project were vocalist Ashley Daneman, saxophonist Greg Ward, pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Andrew Vogt, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. Tomorrow night, Michigan audiences will get a chance to hear the album performed live, and purchase the album before its world-wide release on August 31.

In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Benje and Ashley talk about the work that went into the album, and the themes of inspiration that were used. Although the pieces he composed are mostly instrumental, they are a reflection of his spiritual thinking, and about how to find the light in oneself and each other. 

Tickets for the concert are available in advance through the artist's website, and additionally, supporters can participate in a Kickstarter campaign which will help take the project to wide release. Benje Daneman can also be found on Facebook.


Western Michigan University

Note: We dust off this Jan. 19, 2015 WestSouthwest show in honor of yesterday's 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King.

Did you know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Kalamazoo? And just four months after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.?

Gordon Evans / WMUK

Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery says getting students in the door isn’t enough if they don’t eventually walk out with a diploma. He says when people feel they are part of a community, they’re more likely to succeed even after things go wrong. 


WMU Theatre

The classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be the last production of WMU Theatre's 2017-18 season. Directed by guest artist Patrick Cassidy, a veteran performer of theater and television, it will run April 7 - 15 in Shaw Theatre.

Cassidy and WMU junior Joriah Fleming (Judas) join Cara Lieurance to discuss many aspects of the production, including the extreme vocal and acting demands of the lead roles. They also share their appreciation for the human themes in this epic drama.


via Western Brass Quintet

The Western Brass Quintet will perform original works by four composers tonight on the Bullock Performance Institute Series at Western Michigan University.  Trumpeters Scott Thornburg and Robert White discuss the works on the program, saying that the brass quintet as a form has allowed certain composers to experiment in unusual ways. 


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