WMU

Here Comes Treble practicing in one member's kitchen. There are 13 women in the group.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Men in striped suits and straw hats, singing romantic, old-timey lyrics. This is a traditional barbershop quartet - what a Capella singing used to be like. A Capella has come to mean “without instrumentation," though it originally meant "choral style" in Italian.

It was a style that became popular in the 1930s and 40s. Though it’s gone through its ups and downs, a Capella is back in vogue today - more than 80 years later. 


Art student Aoi Fukuyama (right) collects a sample onto a SPME fiber. Also pictured are music student Tony Mitchell (far left) and chemistry students Emily Passmore (middle left) and Taylor Grace (middle right).
Andre Venter

Can you turn science into art? For the past few months, Western Michigan University students have been doing just that. They’ve taken chemical data from drinks like coffee, tea, and beer and translated it into music compositions and visual art. 


WMUK

The CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities says he expects Congress to reject at least some of the cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget proposal. But Dan Hurley says those cuts could have a big impact on college access and affordability.


WMU School of Music

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.


Rede Conexão, via Flickr

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. 


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