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 Theatre

The cast and crew of Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Jr, which opens this Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, is comprised of over ninety young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years old, according to director Nicki Poer. She joined Cara Lieurance in the studio for a preview, along with music director Kellee Love Haselton and cast members Daye Alexander (Belle) and Ben Eiler (the Beast).


halfrain, via flickr

The Arcadia Woodwind Quintet resumes its season at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo on Friday at 7:30 pm. Horn player Ron Chase and bassoonist Judy Belland, two members of the Arcadia Woodwind Quintet, discuss the various works on the program. And Ladies Library Association member Paula Jamison sings the praises of the venue, which has been the center of the association's activities since 1878.


J.H. Derojas, via flickr

An iconic performer and proponent of free jazz, George Garzone has influenced generations of players at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, while maintaining a constant touring schedule and a now legendary (45-year) standing gig with his trio, The Fringe. As a student, Andrew Rathbun, professor of saxophone at Western Michigan University, successfully applied to the New England Conservatory in order to study with Garzone. They talk to Cara Lieurance about Garzone's approach to improvisation, and how working with top-level students has pushed him to greater levels of mastery. 


via Kalamazoo Singers facebook

Conductor Rick Phelps pored over 40 seasons of Kalamazoo Singers concert programs to research the program he will conduct this Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Among other favorites, Choral Classics will feature the Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the opera that brought together members of the original choir in 1976.


Melanie Cook

As an instrument for adults, the recorder has a lot to offer, says Karen Woodworth, director of  the Kalamazoo Recorder Players. The group will celebrate Play The Recorder Month with a public performance at Sarkozy Bakery, Sunday at 11:00 am. Woodworth says they'll play Baroque dances, Irish ditties, and various pieces for different combinations of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Play The Recorder Month is sponsored every year by the American Recorder Society


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