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

Kalamazoo Civic

Ben Zylman loves the ground-breaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma! for its message of optimism, its blending of drama and entertainment, and its peerless music. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he and actors Josh Denks (Curley) and Brittin Schumaker (Laurey) talk about the musical from their perspectives as both performers and fans.


Renata Knific, professor of violin at Western Michigan University, speaks with Cara Lieurance about her unusual violin recital, featuring works for unaccompanied violin by Sergei Prokofiev and Mikos Rozsa. Gene Knific, her son who is himself a musician/composer, joins them to talk about Warmth, a piece he wrote for Renata. And Nora Lewis, the director of Western Michigan's Bullock Performance Institute, previews upcoming concerts on the series, held most Wednesday nights September and April in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.


Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland

Sean Chen has gone through a lot of life changes in just a few years. He completed his studies at the Juilliard School and Yale, took the bronze medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and was awarded a fellowship worth $100,000 by the American Pianists Association. This month, he got married to his fiancée, a violinist, and moved to Kansas City, MO. But he's focused on opening the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's Rising Stars Series this Sunday.

medici.tv

One thing that makes Tchaikovsky great, according to pianist Yefim Bronfman, is the nobility with which he expresses emotional vulnerability. Bronfman will perform the famous composer's rarely-heard Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in its season-opening concert. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he discusses other qualities that make Tchaikovsky one of the best composers Russian ever produced. 


edwardsimon.com

Jazz pianist Edward Simon, a bandleader and member of SFJazz Collective, has established close ties to Western Michigan's School of Music in the last few years as an Artist-in-Residence, says jazz professor Tom Knific. He will premiere a new, 40-minute jazz suite at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on Sunday.

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