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

Pen Trio

The PEN Trio, formed by Nora Lewis, Eric Van Der Veer Varner, and Phil Paglialonga, is an oboe-clarinet-bassoon trio, or trio d'anches ("reed trio"). This type of trio became standard around the turn of the 19th century, when Trio d'Anches de Paris asked the best composers of their day to write works for their combination. Today, the PEN Trio continues to bring new works into the repertoire. In the studio at WMUK, the members of the PEN Trio and composer Charles Nichols talk with Cara Lieurance about the new works on tonight's concert.

WMU Department of Theatre

Hear Jay Berkow, professor of music theater performance, and Emily Duguay, director of theater arts management discuss comedies, dramas, and musicals that will be be marketed, produced and performed by a talented group of Western Michigan University students. Highlights include the premiere of the West End musical The Witches of Eastwick, in its first college production, and a spring performance of the Webber/Rice classic, Jesus Christ Superstar.


Lorange, via Flickr

For the third year in a row, Octocelli will present an all-cello concert that expands from one solo cellist to an ensemble of eight (or, this year, nine) over the course of the evening. Former Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra principal cellist David Peshlakai and KSO cellist/composer Elizabeth Start previewed this year's concert with Cara Lieurance. 

photo provided by Kim Adams

Members of the Western Michigan University Chorale intensely bonded over language and music during the months leading up to the Kaunas Cantat International Choir Festival and Competition, says Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, director of choirs at WMU. That unity made all the difference in the competition, which was held in Birštonas, Lithuania in early May.

IceNineJon, via Flick creative commons

Cellist and composer Elizabeth Start and guests will perform a program of fresh works inspired by her journeys to Alaska and Vietnam on Sunday. She'll also feature a number of song settings based on the poetry of Kalamazoo poet Conrad Hilberry. Start shares some of her travel stories and a recording of Hilberry reading his own poem, "The Mousetrap," in a conversation with Cara Lieurance.


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