Local Music

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

Marco Borggreve

Kirill Gerstein will perform on the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's Piano Masters Series on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. In a wide-ranging musical conversation with Cara Lieurance, Gerstein discusses the many-sided life of Franz Liszt, the legacy of Beethoven, rare works of Debussy and the Gilmore premiere of Thomas Adès' Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel, which the composer adapted from his new opera for Gerstein. 

Gerstein says the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is a special event for the pianists themselves, who rarely have time to meet and socialize in the course of their solo careers. His latest recording, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is of Ferrucio Busoni's Piano Concerto, a mammoth, late-romantic work for which he is a passionate advocate.

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The Kalamazoo Singers have prepared a collection of contemporary Canadian choral works for its final concert of the season, which will be held Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm in First United Methodist Church. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Rick Phelps talks about the varied works on 'O Canada," after relating shared memories of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Phelps' road trip to Alaska. 

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The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chamber Singers and Arcato Chamber Ensemble will team up for a program that explores myths, miracles, and faith in music. Chris Ludwa, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chamber Singers, and Andrew Koehler, director of the Arcato Chamber Ensemble, discuss Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus, Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Christopher Theofanidis’s Visions and Miracles, Ola Gjeilo’s Unicornis Captivatur, and Vivaldi’s Gloria in D.

The concert will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm in Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College. 


Early 20th century songs from diverse points of view for soprano, viola and piano, and Bach mixed with contemporary poetry by Kid Kane are the highlights of "Breaking Barriers With Bach," a program of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival set for Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm at Kalamazoo College. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Arturo Ziraldo of Heartside Harmony talks about the program and its featured guest, performance poet Kyd Kane

Jimmy Katz

Saxophonist Joe Lovano says he, drummer Jack DeJohnette, pianist Leo Genovese, and bassist Esperanza Spalding, all of whom are innovative bandleaders, decided to go on a 35-date world tour in the spring of 2014. This is the first time they've been able to resume as a group. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Lovano discusses his fellow members of the group, and talks about the projects that occupied him in the meantime, including a new release on ECM Records with Trio Tapestry.

The Spring Quartet will perform on the Fontana series on Saturday, May 4 at 7;30 pm, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.