Brad Wong

Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

Summer chamber music concerts have been a tradition in the city of Saugatuck for over 30 years. On Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm, the Woman's Club of Saugatuck will open its doors for the first program of the season, "A Mighty Handful." Clarinetist Bradley Wong, a Western Michigan University professor and School of Music director, tells Cara Lieurance about the quartets and quintets on the program. He'll be performing alongside long-time festival players Barbara Corbató, Sarah Southard, Gabe Southard, and Paul Austin, as well as newer players Yu-Lien Thé and Haijin Choi.

Wong, who joined the WMU School of music faculty in 1983, plans to retire at the end of the next school year. He says he looks forward to more performing and, equally, attending the wide variety of music concerts available to residents in West Michigan.

WMU School of Music

The School of Music at Western Michigan University hosts the 51st annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music on April 4 with public concerts and workshops beginning at 10:30 am, and concluding with a final concert featuring the All-Star Band of top high school wind players and the WMU  Wind Symphony. This year's featured guest composer/conductor is Carter Pann, who was nominated for the 2018 Pulitzer prize for his saxophone quartet, The Mechanics. On Thursday, the WMU Wind Symphony and soloists Brad Wong, clarinet and Henning Schroeder, saxophone will give the regional premiere of Pann's Double Concerto.  Wong, Schroeder, and director of bands Scott Boerma discussed the music and the conference with Cara Lieurance.

Nan Melville

The upcoming school year at Western Michigan University's School of Music will feature a 50th anniversary concert by the Western Brass Quintet, performances by world-class choirs A Roomful Of Teeth and The Rose Ensemble, and the return of the inspiring Sphinx Virtuosi, to name a few. School of Music director Brad Wong and Director of Concerts Kevin West share even more upcoming highlights, and invite people to come and see what's happening at the Dalton Center.

The Western Wind Quintet plays music by American, Hungarian, German, and French composers Wednesday night in a program called "Around the World with the Western Wind Quintet." Clarinetist Brad Wong and guest horn player Paul Clifton talk about the program with Cara Lieurance.