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)

Gabriela Brandenstein

Each of the works acclaimed Austrian pianist Till Fellner will perform in his Gilmore Festival debut  - Schumann's Papillons Op 5 and Fantasie, Op 17; Berio's 5 Variationi, and Beethoven's Sonata Op 27/1 'Quasi una fantasia' - gave their first audiences reason to sit up and pay attention.

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Fellner reveals the elements that gave these pieces by Schumann, Beethoven and Berio their sense of surprise.  

Chris McGuire

Daniel Hsu began his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music when he was ten years old. Now eighteen and a Gilmore Young Artist, Hsu is a fast-rising, personable pianist who was recently named the First Prize winner at the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition.

Always close to his older musician siblings, Daniel adapted to the language of music very early. The family moved from the San Francisco area to Philadelphia so all three could study at Curtis - a first in the school's history. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he previews his debut recital program at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Micah McLaurin performs multiple times at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival this week as a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist. A student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, he talks to Cara Lieurance about his early musical experiences in Charleston, South Carolina. A number of overseas competitions and festivals broadened his horizons and contributed to his growth as an artist, he says.  

Joan Marcus

Farmers Alley Theatre's second collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival deliriously mixes a murder mystery, comedy, singing and piano playing by both performers. Brett Ryback is Officer Marcus Moscowicz, who hopes to solve the murder of a famous author and be promoted to detective. Joe Kinosian, one of the show's creators, plays all twelve suspects, including a gruff psychiatrist, a ballerina, a squabbling couple, the non-grieving wife of the murder victim, and even a handful of choirboys.

A pianist who finds surprising connections between diverse composers, Dejan Lazic is an experienced concert artist known for his brilliant playing and idiosyncratic interpretations. Born in Croatia, Lazic grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum, spending his summers in Hungary at a music festival founded by his teachers, Zoltan Kocsis and Imre Rohrmann.