Bruce Uchimura

The Moxie Strings

Conductor Bruce Uchimura will lead the WMU Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Arturo Marquez' Congal del Fuego Nuevo at 3 pm on Sunday, Feb 9 in a free concert in Miller Auditorium. The Moxie Strings, an innovative electro-acoustic duo featuring violinist Diana Ladio and WMU alumna cellist Alison Lynn, will join the orchestra to play their original music, which includes Celtic, rock, and contemporary influences. 

Lynn and Uchimura talk to Cara Lieurance about the concert, and Lynn talks about how she and her partner turned Moxie Strings into a music career that takes them around the country and beyond.


WMU School of Music

Alex Hayashi, Western Michigan University's oboe instructor, and Bruce Uchimura, director of the WMU Symphony Orchestra, join Cara Lieurance to preview a concert in which Hayashi will perform Bohuslav Martinu's Oboe Concerto with the orchestra. It's set for 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 


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Bruce Uchimura, professor of cello at Western Michigan University, Grace Field, a Suzuki cello instructor, and WMU junior Becca Spurbeck talk to Cara Lieurance to preview a day of workshops, masterclasses, music-making and concerts for cellists of all ages: the 2019 Michigan Cello Festival. It will be held Saturday, Nov 2 in the Dalton Center at WMU. A public concert will take place at 4 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, and all masterclasses and workshops are free to attend.

Festival activities include master classes by Bruce Uchimura and Anthony Elliott, an orchestral excerpts class with Igor Cetkovic, and a performance by cellist/songwriter Jordan Hamilton.  


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Nathan Le is the silver medal winner of the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition. Le and conductor Bruce Uchimura joined Cara Lieurance to preview the free season-opening concert at Miller Auditorium on Sunday, Oct 6 at 3 pm. Le will perform the Symphonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra by Sergei Prokofiev, with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5  and Festive Overture rounding out the program. 


C. Lieurance

In a twist, the next Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra concert will feature five orchestral showpieces, each led by a different student conductor. Cara Lieurance talks to the five musicians - Austin McWilliams, Eric Dalmau, Zachary Nicely, Teresa Strobe, and Zachary Ploeger - about what the opportunity means to them, and they discuss the work that goes into preparing pieces as a conductor.


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