Local Music

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

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Resident director and Barn Theatre alum Hans Friedrichs, and actor/director/alum and box office manager Patrick Hunter bring a wealth of knowledge about the Barn Theatre and its upcoming 73rd season to their WMUK interview.  On June 1 at 8 pm, the theatre will hold its Opening Gala, which will include singing and dancing highlights from upcoming productions, and the unveiling of a Wall of Fame. 


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The Missing Generation was formed in 2015 as a duo by guitarist/singer Chris Schleuder and drummer Gerren Young. As their ties to the Kalamazoo music scene deepened, they added like-minded musicians Abe Savas and Tim Sparling to their mix of rock styles and original songwriting. It also gave them the opportunity to trade instruments and add another lead singer.

In the Takeda Studio at WMUK, The Missing Generation plays three original songs - "Stutter," "Summer Love," and "In Case of Love" - and talks to host Craig Freeman about the strengths they play off of, how they balance their music in their daily lives, the wisdom of playing for open-mic nights, and their appreciation for a supportive music community. 


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Each year, the Stulberg International String Competition receives applications from hundreds of violinists, violists, cellists and bassists, all age 19 and under. These applications are reviewed and narrowed down to just 12 finalists, who travel from all corners of the continent to perform not only for prizes, but for the experience and the opportunity to meet other top players of their generation. In these interviews, you'll hear nine of the talented young musicians talk about their backgrounds and the music they've prepared to play in front of the public and judges Paul Coletti, Emilio Colón, and Jennifer Frautschi on Saturday, May 18.

Semifinals run on the half-hour between 9 am and 4 pm, and are free to attend. The six finalists chosen from the field of 12 will perform in the Finals Concert at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, after which the awards will be announced. The Stulberg judges teach masterclasses the following day, and are open to the public.


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Violinist Corey Cerovsek will perform the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Bela Bartok in the season-ending concert by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 17 at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium. A nomadic musician from Vancouver, British Columbia who began performing professionally as a child, Cerovsek also maintains an equal interest in mathematics, and recently launched a start-up company in the field of medical technology. For this concert, Cerovsek was up to the challenge of re-learning the Bartok concerto, a piece he has performed 20 years before, in a short period of time as a replacement for the scheduled soloist. 

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will also perform Stravinsky's 1913 ballet The Rite of Spring. It's a work that completely transformed orchestral playing, according to assistant conductor Daniel Brier. He points to the fact that the original performance required 17 orchestral rehearsals to learn the piece, and today, orchestras routinely learn it in four. As for conductors, Brier says that anyone who masters the Rite of Spring will find conducting nearly any other work a little easier.


Katherine Lane

Jazz pianist and composer Nicholas Olynciw (OH-lin-shoo) recently completed his master's degree in jazz performance at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Matthew FriesJazz Currents host Keith Hall visits with Olynciw in the Takeda studio at WMUK, where they talked about his Long Island, Texas, and Michigan connections, and Olynciw plays several new solo works:  "New Blues," "Associated," "Thermos," "Re-Pete," and "Dream Dancing."


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