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)

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Next Tuesday, American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will appear at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in a song recital with pianist Myra Huang. They will perform two song cycles: 2018's Cycles of my Being by composer Tyshawn Sorey and poet Terrence Hayes, and Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love) from 1840. In a preview of the recital with Cara Lieurance, Brownlee discusses both works in passionate detail.

Cycles Of My Being was created by Brownlee, Sorey and Hayes, all African-American men, as they examined their existences as members of a society which often displays hatred and fear toward them. Brownlee quotes the first line of the first song in the cycle: "America - I hear you hiss and stare / Do you love the air in me / As I love the air in you?" And even though he is a celebrated bel canto tenor specializing in Italian opera, Brownlee set a goal for himself to perform a German song cycle in recital, partly inspired by the recordings of Fritz Wunderlich. While working in Germany recently, he sought out a teacher who shared stories about the history and poetry of Schumann's Dichterliebe.  His concert in Kalamazoo will follow the same program he performs in Carnegie Hall, New York on April 24.

Derek Sterling

The legendary Liberace, who would have celebrated his 99th birthday next month, is the subject of a Farmers Alley Theatre production beginning April 27th, in collaboration with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Pianist-performer David Maiocco is stepping into a role filled with warmth, glitz, talent and showmanship - and at the piano in WMUK's Takeda Performance Studio, he talks about the highs and lows of Liberace's life. Maiocco also includes some trademark tunes, including "Three Little Fishes," and a fantastical version of "Chopsticks." 

LIBERACE! will run April 27th through May 13th at 221 Farmers Alley in downtown Kalamazoo. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Farmers Alley Theatre Box Office at (269)343-2727 or by visiting

Evgeniya (Jane) Kozhevnikova

The WMU Symphony Orchestra will present the 59th Annual Concerto Concert as its last concert of the 2017–18 season on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.  The three soloists - trombonist William Ford, alto saxophonist Andrew Keating, and marimbist Evan Leffert - joined Cara Lieurance in the studio to talk about their backgrounds, and how they prepared for the concert.

Andrew Schwallier Photography (Lydia Schubkegel)

On  Sunday at 4 pm in Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Alpin Hong, in collaboration with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. The KJSO also features its own youth competition winner, cellist Lydia Schubkegel, and Rimsky-Korsakov's perennial favorite, Scheherazade. Music director Andrew Koehler previews the concert and the orchestra's upcoming summer tour of South Africa, in conversation with Cara Lieurance.

Michael Markowski

On Thursday night, the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band will finish its season with the world premiere of a new piece by special guest composer Michael Markowski, and the audience-pleasing Suite from Star Wars, by John Williams. Dr. Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University joins Cara Lieurance to preview the 50th annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music, a day-long event including workshops, demonstrations, and two afternoon band concerts presented by the Three Rivers High School Symphony Band and the Portage Central High School Symphonic Band. The conference culminates in a free public concert in Miller Auditorium at 7:30 pm by the Michael Markowski All-Star Band and the WMU Symphonic Band.

Dr. Boerma describes the new work, Amor Fati by Michael Markowski, which will get its world premiere on Thursday night. The composer, a rising young American talent, will be on hand to help prepare the piece and witness the concert.