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)

Following a visit to New Orleans last summer, director Fred Sang says the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus is excited to tour to China in the summer of 2018. Here in Kalamazoo, the chorus presents its annual holiday concert on Sunday.

Kiristina Servant, via Wikimedia commons

James Turner, who retires as artistic director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival at the end of the season, will lead his 20th 'BachFest Christmas!' on Sunday. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about the music he has planned, and looks back on his time with the organization. Included in the conversation are chorister Gail Griffin, who joined the choir at the same time as Turner, and Arcato Chamber Ensemble conductor Andrew Koehler.

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Pavel Kolesnikov, as he waits for his plane in Seattle, tells Cara Lieurance he is fascinated by micro details - in music, in photographs, even in observing ordinary objects in an airport. It's a quality that brings new insights into music thought to be trifling, like Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, or well-trodden, like Chopin's Mazurkas. 

WMU Choirs

Kim Adams, director of choral activities at Western Michigan University, calls the annual holiday concert "a beast" to put together, but definitely worth the effort. Presented in a "surround sound" configuration at First Presbyterian Church, five choirs - the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, Cantus Femina, Gold Company, and the Holiday Grand Chorus - create a continuous program of woven musical strands, modern and ancient. Adams previews the concert with Cara Lieurance, touching on a few of the musical highlights.

This evening at 7:30 pm, the Kontras Quartet will perform two masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak on the Live and Interactive! Series at Western Michigan University. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, violinists Dmitri Pogorelev and François Henkins discuss the music and the joy of collaborating. "We are lucky to never have to play music we don't love," says Henkins.