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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Dan Gustin, who has overseen the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for the last 18 years, was recently in New York to introduce the 2018 Gilmore Artist, Russian-German pianist Igor Levit. He talks to Cara Lieurance about the process of selecting the final candidate, and how Levit rose to the top.

The keyboard festival will be held this spring, from April 25-May 12. It's the last festival Gustin will program as executive director. He's remaining as director emeritus while the new director, Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, settles in to the role.

Kalamazoo New Year's Fest will feature a newly-formed classical group among the dozens of acts set for Saturday. It's called Heartside Harmony, and it includes top regional orchestral players among its ranks. Founder and violist Arturo Ziraldo talks to Cara Lieurance about the group, which aims to use music as a bridge to reach people of all walks and circumstances of life. 

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Three members of the Kalamazoo Brass Collective - founders Bob Lewis and Craig Freeman, and trumpeter Dave Bernard - play inventive and original arrangements of seasonal music in the WMUK Takeda studio, and have a conversation about their lives as musicians with Cara Lieurance. 

Sara Andon lives in several worlds as a flutist. She can be heard on countless Hollywood film soundtracks as a member of an elite group of studio players; she performs as a concert artist with orchestras around the world; she is principal flutist of the Redlands Symphony; and she teaches aspiring flutists at the University of Redlands. Tomorrow, she will be the featured soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, bringing several exclusive scores of movie arrangements for flute and orchestra to the Sounds of the Season program. These arrangements come courtesy of producer Robert Townson, vice-president of soundtrack A&R for the prestigious film-score record label Varese-Sarabande. Andon and Townson previewed the concert with Cara Lieurance, discussing their collaboration and experiences in the world of film music.

The concert will also feature the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, and two soloists from the KSO's Youth Soloist Competition: Sava Velkoff and Alex Smith. It's set for 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium, tomorrow night.

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The First United Methodist Church offers a musical Advent series on Thursdays at noon in December. This Thursday, the series will feature a performance of the remarkable Mass In Blue by Will Todd, a setting of the Latin mass for soloist, choir, and jazz combo. Robert Jordan will lead the Portage Northern High School Songleaders Chorale in the performance, and has invited soprano Katelin Spencer to return to Kalamazoo from Berlin as soloist. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Jordan talks about taking on this ambitious piece with his friend Spencer, the Songleaders Chorale, and a trusted group of jazz players.