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

Ahmed Anzaldua is a Mexican pianist/conductor who lives in Kalamazoo. In 2014, he visited Mexico to perform in one of the country's most prominent music festivals, and the presenters surprised him with an offer to fund a musical recording of his choice.

Even though the offer was unexpected, Anzaldua knew right away what he wanted to do: record the piano music of Mexican composer Miguel Bernal Jiménez (1910 - 1956), most of which has never been recorded before. 


The Brass Rail - a quintet of West Michigan brass players - was created for fun. Mike McMinn (cornet, trumpet), Roger Lynch (cornet, trumpet), Chris Garrett (horn) John Dickey (trombone) and Fritz MacDonald (tuba) have dozens years of music training and hundreds of performances between them. Walking onto the Miller Auditorium stage in formal wear for a Kalamazoo Concert Band performance is an experience familiar to all. 


Keith Hall

Vocalist Kristin Slipp and pianist Dov Manski are a Brooklyn-based duo who each have strong reputations as improvisers, composers, and collaborators. Their album A Thousand Julys, released in 2013, features creatively re-imagined versions of jazz standards that alter the phrasing, time signatures, harmonies, and instrumentation of songs such as "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "The Way You Look Tonight."

Mike Klok

For a composer of music, the chance to hear a concert of one's works played by professional musicians in front of an audience is a gratifying, and often rare, opportunity. Kalamazoo composer Adam Schumaker's music will receive this treatment in a concert called An Auditory Inconvenience: The Music of Adam Schumaker. The composer, along with pianist/composer Cassandra Kaczor, visited WMUK to preview the concert by performing some highlights and discussing the music.


courtesy Mark Niskenen

Driving in the car, Mark Niskanen's girlfriend put on some music that instantly excited the jazz pianist's curiosity. What started as a moment of appreciation turned into a collaboration between Niskanen and singer/songwriter Lauren Deming.


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