Cara Lieurance

Announcer & Producer

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday evenings Tues-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.

Email: cara.lieurance (at) wmich.edu

Hup Skerries, via YouTube

Just a fiddle, and a flute. And rhythm, ornaments, breath accents, and stories. In the tradition of Irish folk music, two players is enough for an evening's entertainment, harkening back to the days when resources were scarce but social music-making was prized.

On Thursday at First Congregational Church, fiddler Jesse Smith (Danu, The Tap Room Trio) and flutist Sean Gavin (Bua, Teada) will perform, highlighting their new album, Music From The Lost Continent, which was called "straight-up trad at its best" in a Tradconnect review. Cara Lieurance spoke with Jesse Smith about his love of the music and his admiration for players of the past, including Michael Coleman, who was famous in the 1920 for his cylinder recordings.


Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, via Facebook

Drew Le, pianist and co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, says that for the 30th season of the festival, they stuck to their successful combination of concerts featuring west Michigan musicians, with two exceptions - the New York-based Claremont Trio and Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. Some quaint traditions, such as cash-only admission, linger as well. Free admission for students with ID on Fridays is a new feature.

Katherine Nofs

Based on a 2004 book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, the Broadway adaptation of Peter And The Starcatcher became a Tony-winning show in 2012 that tackled the timeless themes of the Peter Pan story in an original way. On top of that, it boasted virtuoso roles for twelve actors, and a charmingly low-tech staging that, by design, enhances the audience's willingness to believe. The ensemble cast for the Farmers Alley Theatre production, which begins July 21, includes Harrison Bryan as Peter, and Courtney Martin as Molly. They tell Cara Lieurance what it was like to take on their roles. And Deputy director Rob Weiner helps explain the elements of Peter And The Starcatcher.


The 30th season of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck continues this week with a serenade by Dohnanyi, Mozart's Horn Quintet, and a string quintet by Brahms, played by a variety west Michigan classical artists. Arturo Ziraldo, principal violist of the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, will serve as violist in all three works on the program. He previewed the music on the program with Cara Lieurance.


claremonttrio.com

The Claremont Trio brings its award-winning combination of violin, cello and piano to the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck this week, opening the festival's 30th season of summer chamber concerts at the Woman's Club of Saugatuck. Cara Lieurance spoke with cellist Julia Bruskin, who founded the trio with her sister Emily Bruskin in 1999. 


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