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Dr. Matthew Steel, professor of music history and director of Western Michigan University's Collegium Musicum, first began directing the group when he joined the School of Music faculty in 1984, he tells Cara Lieurance. During their preview of the Thursday concert, Steel discusses what he's looking forward to in retirement, and what he'll miss after leaving the School of Music. Steel says a number of former students who became early music performers will participate, including flutist Colin Brown and harpsichordist Emily Solomon.


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Brazilian guitarist, singer and composer Chico Pinheiro will perform his music with Gold Company, the Western Jazz Quartet, and the Western Jazz Orchestra  in the opening concert of the Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival, Friday at 8 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Pinheiro and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse preview the concert with Cara Lieurance. 


Manuel Balce Ceneta | Associated Press

Sybrina Fulton says she was catapulted from her quiet life as a civil service worker into high-profile anti-violence activism when her son Trayvon Martin was slain five years ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer. While it helped lead to the Black Lives Matter movement that draws attention to senseless deaths of African-Americans, Fulton says more is needed, like changes in laws. So she says she's contemplating running for office and will decide within the next few months. She speaks March 29 in Kalamazoo.


Cleon Ludwick installs the new energy-efficient lights in Western Michigan University's Friedmann Hall. If you look closely, you can see how blue the new lights look compared to the more yellow lights down the hall
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

We’ve been lucky this season, but Michigan winters are usually known for a lack of sunshine. For some people that can trigger seasonal depression. Western Michigan University has been moving to more energy-efficient light bulbs - with hope that the lights might have the added bonus of boosting the moods of students and staff. 


Jazz Currents: Shirley Horn's 'Here's To Life'

Mar 10, 2017

In 1992, pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn and her trio, enhanced by the orchestral arrangements of Johnny Mandel, produced Here's To Life, which would become her best-known album. According to Keith Hall, it is a shining example of her careful pacing, her unsurpassed signature style of storytelling and her ability to make listeners feel the full emotion of each lyric. In this episode of Jazz Currents, Keith Hall pulls back the curtain on a modern classic.


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