This evening at 7:30 pm, the Kontras Quartet will perform two masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak on the Live and Interactive! Series at Western Michigan University. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, violinists Dmitri Pogorelev and François Henkins discuss the music and the joy of collaborating. "We are lucky to never have to play music we don't love," says Henkins. 

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Most students at Western Michigan University feel safe from sexual violence on campus. The university says that's according to the results of a national "campus climate" survey earlier this year.

Eight of ten Western students who responded said they felt safe on campus, and that the university's faculty and administration was concerned about them. But almost a third of female students said they have experienced unwanted sexual contact before coming to Western.

The university says about 12-percent of Western's 36,000 students took the survey last spring.


Tonight's Birds On A Wire concert shines a light on just how much modern, avant-garde music is being created around us. Western Michigan University professor of composition/theory David Colson says performing in a modern music ensemble helps students improve their musicianship in a variety of ways. Lisa Coons, professor of composition, describes her new work, Singing Wall, which is performed on a musical sculpture she designed and constructed with Steven Pierce. Cara Lieurance also talks to pianist Lori Sims about the earliest work on the program, "Regard de l’Esprit de joie," from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus (1944). 

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Dr. Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, joins Cara Lieurance to preview a concert by the WMU Concert Band and Symphonic Band on Nov. 20 in Miller Auditorium.  Original and adapted works of Turina, Lo Presti, Jager, Alarcon, Respighi, Grantham and Schoenberg are featured.

Protesters at WMU's flagpoles
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About 50 students gathered Thursday afternoon at Western Michigan University to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.