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On Sunday at Miller Auditorium, Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, will conduct an  art-nouveau era work, Dionysiaques, by once-famous Impressionist composer Florent Schmitt. The concert will also feature Nora Lewis, the new professor of oboe at Western Michigan University, performing the Concerto for Oboe by Jennifer Higdon, a Sousa march, and David Maslanka's Traveler.


Joan Marcus

Mallory King graduated with a degree in music theater performance from Western Michigan University in 2015. Two years later, she's visiting Kalamazoo again as a lead performer in a  national touring company of the Tony Award winning Annie.  King talks to Cara Lieurance about her character, Lily St. Regis, and what life is like as an up-and-coming singer/dancer/actor.  


Chat room users Orangutan (left) and Chutes And Ladders (right) in the Western production of 'Water By The Spoonful'
John Lacko

The internet allows people to connect who never would have met each other before. People who live in opposite corners of the globe, from different backgrounds and cultures. The Pulitzer-Prize winning play Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes explores human connections on and offline. Western Michigan University will perform Water By The Spoonful February 10th through February 19th.


Gold Company and GCII, the acclaimed vocal jazz ensembles at Western Michigan University, will celebrate the kings and queens of pop, jazz, blues and rock and pay tribute to outgoing WMU president John Dunn in two performances Saturday at Miller Auditorium. Gold Company director Greg Jasperse and student producer Hannah Truckenbrod run down some of the highlights with Cara Lieurance.


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Did you know that most foster youth are released from their state's care at age 18? Research shows they become vulnerable to homelessness, and few pursue college. Western Michigan University is changing that. Nearly 10 years ago, it founded the award-winning Seita Scholars Program that's led to 99 students who aged out of the system earning their degrees. This spring, officials say, their 100th participant is expected to graduate. 


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