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Three musicians from Under One Sun, a critically acclaimed jazz and world music all-star band, do their best to explain what the audience can expect when they take the stage tonight in the WMU Dalton Center Recital Hall at 7:30 pm, in their Michigan debut. Drummer/percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, etc.) calls the group "aspirational" - the collected talent is so strong and so diverse, it embodies unlimited potential. Composer/saxophonist Billy Drewes, whose music served as the focus for Under One Sun's 2016 album, says he chose to write several new pieces for the project, but also found some works to bring back from the last 40 years of his compositions.  Salar Nader, who was drawn to drums from the time he could crawl, demonstrates the language of syllables that correspond to drum patterns - a memory and practice tool that allows drummers in his tradition to become masters of complex rhythm.

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The Bullock Performance Institute series continues tonight with a concert of new works for saxophone and electric guitar, performed by saxophonist Drew Whiting and guitarist John Mayrose. Whiting, Mayrose, and composer Ed Martin join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


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David Denby says if enough people in the United States had read Huckleberry Finn President Donald Trump wouldn’t have been taken seriously during his campaign. Denby, a staff writer for the New Yorker says he was thinking of the con men in Mark Twain’s classic. “Trump is a con artist.”


The recipient of a School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, trumpet player Alex Jokipii will join the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday to play a new trumpet concerto by Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto. In the studio at WMUK with conductor Bruce Uchimura, he talks about his life as the principal trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic. 

The concert begins Sunday at 3 pm in Miller Auditorium with Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture. The concert will also include George Gershwin’s tone poem An American in Paris and the Estancia Ballet Suite by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.


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Most college students arrive at campus knowing few people at a time when they must also learn how to live on their own for the first time. For some, that can lead to depression--even suicide. That's why Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College is showing "The 'S' Word" documentary on Feb. 7.


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