Local Music

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

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The Kalamazoo Philharmonia ended its 2018-19 season on June 1 with a program called "Virtuosity," featuring Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance and Philharmonia director Andrew Koehler, Peled shares personal and historic details about Bruch's soulful Kol Nidrei and Camille Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto in A minor, which stunned audiences in 1872 with its immediate intensity. Koehler also introduces a "towering masterpiece" which hasn't been performed in the region in years, to his knowledge: the Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski.


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Actor Tony Humrichouser wanted to play the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home from the moment he saw the show on Broadway. A musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel-memoir, opening June 7 at Farmers Alley Theatre, young, middle, and adult Alisons search for ways to connect with her father, Bruce, a small-town funeral director, antiques restorer, English teacher, and closeted gay man. Throughout his life, he instinctively avoided addressing Alison's own lesbianism. That avoidance rang true for Humrichouser, who says that playing the role has been cathartic for him - helping him process memories of his own childhood.

Celebris founder/director Joel Snyder joins Cara Lieurance to preview his June 1 concert, Remember Me: Songs of Hope, Love, and Longing from America and the British Isles. Jane Kozhevnikova, a jazz pianist and composer at Western Michigan University, talks about her new setting of a Christina Rosetti poem, Remember.  The concert begins at 7 pm at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo.


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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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