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

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When pianist Murray Perahia comes to Chenery Auditorium March 18, he'll bring with him a lifetime of well-earned musical mastery. Perahia first gained international attention when he won the gold medal in the 1972 Leeds International Piano Competition. He became a favorite pianist of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears at the Aldeburgh Festival, and counts the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz as a mentor. 

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Garrick Ohlsson's reputation as a great artist was established at the 1970 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, when he became the first American to win the gold medal.  Fontana director David Baldwin, who managed Ohlsson's European concerts when he was a talent agent for ICM, says he is still revered throughout the former Eastern Bloc countries for his dedication to performing there during the Cold War.

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The Michigan Celtic band Fonn Mór has a busy St. Patrick's month ahead, with shows in Michigan and Illinois. Before the band kicks off its touring season this Saturday at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, three of the six members join Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda studio for several tunes and songs, and a chat about their love of the different traditions found under the Celtic music umbrella.

Fonn Mór guitarist Curt Tramel is the founder of the group. His approach to guitar playing includes creating specific accompaniments to individual tunes, and drawing from American as well as Celtic styles. Grace MacMaster's passion is for Cape Breton fiddle music. She plays tunes sets that slowly increase in tempo and intensity, one of the hallmarks of the style. Simone Keenan, a native of Northern Ireland, comes from a family of musicians. Always a songwriter, she pursued many different kinds of music before revisiting her Irish roots with Fonn Mór. 

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David Skidmore is a founder of Third Coast Percussion, which was established in Chicago in 2005. Although a percussion quartet may not be as easily visualized as a string quartet, he says it one of the ensemble's great strengths: his group can draw on millennia of instruments from the six inhabited continents of the globe, making one Third Coast Percussion concert look, and sound, completely different from the next.

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Hear some of the reasons why Mahler lovers are so passionate about the composer's music in this interview with Kalamazoo Symphony assistant conductor Daniel Brier and KSO concertmaster Susie Park. 

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and a selection of Richard Strauss' Brentano-lieder on Saturday. The program features guest artist soprano Andriana Chuchman.

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