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)

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Newly-arranged Motown hits for two singers and orchestra will add a fresh twist to old favorites, says Battle Creek Symphony conductor Anne Harrigan, in a conversation with Cara Lieurance. The concert is set for Saturday, February 26 in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. Two young talents from New York - Jasmine Maslanova Brown and Damon McToy - will cover a variety of classics by The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and others. 

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Dr. Thomas Evans, the conductor of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, will lead a program called Arabian Nights on Saturday. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he previews several of the works that take middle eastern sounds as their inspiration. Percussionist Carolyn Koebel, who appears as a featured soloist along with oud player Igor Houwat, discusses her approach to improvisation and her appreciation for the special qualities of middle eastern music.

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Jack Torrey and his brother, Page Burkum formed The Cactus Blossoms in chilly Minneapolis, far from the deep heart of Texas, which is what you might think of when you hear their classic country sound. The brothers have been touring for a year on the success of their first major album, You're Dreaming, which won accolades in Rolling Stone, NPR, and other media outlets. Their songs will become part of the soundtrack of the rebooted Twin Peaks television series on Showtime, which debuts in May. The Cactus Blossoms perform in Kalamazoo on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm in Dale B. Lake Auditorium at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

The Kontras Quartet, which has been featured on WMU's Bullock Performance Institute Series for the last four years, will share the stage with the Kruger Brothers tonight in a Dalton Center Recital Hall concert at 7:30 pm. Jens Kruger, a banjo virtuoso and composer, first wrote music for his trio and the Kontras Quartet in 2013, kicking off a collaboration that has resulted in several large-scale pieces. Kontras Quartet violinist Francois Henkins dropped by to preview the music with Cara Lieurance.

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On Sunday at Miller Auditorium, Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, will conduct an  art-nouveau era work, Dionysiaques, by once-famous Impressionist composer Florent Schmitt. The concert will also feature Nora Lewis, the new professor of oboe at Western Michigan University, performing the Concerto for Oboe by Jennifer Higdon, a Sousa march, and David Maslanka's Traveler.