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Hear interviews with guests on music programs produced here at WMUK, as well as program news.

Kalamazoo Symphony

The new season of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra was announced this week. Music director Raymond Harvey chose a personal favorite, Rachmaninoff's second symphony, to start his fifteenth year as maestro of the KSO. 

He shares his admiration for the season's guest artists, violinist Midori and pianist Leon Fleisher, and looks forward to helming a semi-staged production of Verdi's opera Otello

Adam Szczepaniak

Nathan Davis is a composer, percussionist and member of ICE, a groundbreaking ensemble at the forefront of creating and performing new music. Western Michigan University presents ICE in concert tonight in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 

Azzurra

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's concert Friday will feature new music by American composer Derek Bermel

A native New Yorker, in 2009 he wrote A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace to honor his hometown as well as the great expatriate Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, whose sometimes sorrowful letters from New York to his friends and students were an inspiration.

A WWII draftee faces death by firing squad for desertion. He'll be allowed to live if he serves out the rest of the war. That's the extreme situation dealt with in "A Soldier's Tale," a unique stage piece of narration, dance, and music featuring a 1918 score by Igor Stravinsky and updated, modern (sometimes vulgar) text by Kurt Vonnegut. 

A collaboration between Fontana Chamber Arts and the WMU School of Music, it will receive performances in the Dalton Center Multi-Media Room Friday and Saturday.

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus returns to Chenery Auditorium this Sunday for a concert called 'A Prelude to Spring.'  

Fred Sang describes the program, and gives us a glimpse into the multi-leveled ensemble, which includes the Treble Choir, Bel Canto, the Preparatory Choir, the Concert Choir and the Touring Choir. He also describes a renaissance in vocal music in the last 20 years, which has provided choirs at all levels the chance to perform excellent, meaningful works. We also hear about the Touring Choir's upcoming trip to Italy in June of 2013.

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