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Theater Review: She Persisted

Farmers Alley Theatre staged a production of the musical “She Persisted” in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review.

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Kalamazoo Bach Festival

Bach Festival Acknowledges A Year Of Illness And Racial Pain With Fauré's Requiem

Dr. Chris Ludwa joins Cara Lieurance to discuss a filmed performance of Faure's Requiem , featuring soprano Jessica Louise Coe and baritone Gerald Case-Blanchard, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, which will stream online at 8 pm Thursday, June 24.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

COVID-19 vaccination is continuing throughout Michigan , Indiana and the nation. As of April 5th, all adults in Michigan are eligible for the vaccine. Find information from county health departments at the links below. Check back to this page for updates on vaccination clinics in the region and other events.

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Theater Review: She Persisted

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Becky Klose / Farmers Alley Theatre

Farmers Alley Theatre staged a production of the musical “She Persisted” in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review.


Kalamazoo Bach Festival

Dr. Chris Ludwa joins Cara Lieurance to discuss a filmed performance of Faure's Requiem, featuring soprano Jessica Louise Coe and baritone Gerald Case-Blanchard, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, which will stream online at 8 pm Thursday, June 24. 


The photo highlights a yellow-orange banner on a brick outside wall at El Sol Elementary in Kalamazoo, proclaiming that El Sol is a Promise school. The doorway to the building is in the background.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The launch of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship almost 16 years ago was, of course, monumental for Kalamazoo. But it also had a profound impact on the rest of the country, says senior researcher Michelle Miller-Adams of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.


WMU Students Urge Peers To Get COVID Shots

Jun 21, 2021
Andy Robins / WMUK

The Student Health Advisory Council at Western Michigan University is encouraging students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before the fall semester begins.


Updated June 21, 2021 at 5:45 PM ET

Faced with the prospect of reshaping college athletics, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow but potentially transformative ruling Monday in a case that pitted college athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

At issue in the case were NCAA rules that limit educational benefits for college players as part of their scholarships.

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In the Classical WMUK studio, Dr. Tom Evans and Cara Lieurance play highlights from the Kalamazoo Concert Band's Oct 22, 2016 Chenery Auditorium concert called "It's About Time." Evans picked pieces that refer to days, years, hours, and even the progression of a class period in school. 


Roger Thomas Photography

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's summer season at the Gilmore Car Museum begins at 8 pm Saturday with a concert featuring Branford Marsalis, one of the world's most famous saxophonists. (Note: front-section seating is sold out; lawn passes are still available). Music director Julian Kuerti says Marsalis will perform Escapades by John Williams. It's a perfect balance of jazz and classical influences, based on the film Catch Me If You Can. Marsalis will also play the Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone by Claude Debussy. The concert, which lands on Juneteenth, will also include a setting of John Rosamund Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing." 


Juneteenth Celebrations Planned In Kalamazoo

Jun 17, 2021
Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

There's a new national holiday. President Joe Biden has signed a law making Juneteenth a nationwide celebration.

A head and shoulders photo of a man with dark hair, glasses and a tie, who is smiling and sitting behind a microphone. A colorful banner for WMUK is in the background.
Earlene McMichael / WMUK

A Western Michigan University Trustee who stayed on the Board after moving out of state is leaving it after all.

Mark Andrus

He’s a craftsman, a designer, and an artist. Ted Lott has even been known to dumpster dive for his materials on occasion.


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