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)

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.

Califonia-based Alpin Hong, a Juilliard-trained pianist with a gift for communication, gained some of his earliest musical experiences living in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Today, Hong is what one could describe as a "narrative concert pianist." Stories and behind-the-music revelations are part of his concert repertoire, along with the classics of piano literature.

Beginning Saturday, April 14, Hong will visit a dozen west Michigan venues to perform a series of Gilmore Family Concerts. He and Gilmore Education Director, Adam Schumaker, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the shows and catch up with his Michigan past.

Kalamazoo Concert Band

Director Tom Evans was thinking of his favorite sport, baseball, when he started putting the music together for the Kalamazoo Concert Band's next concert, which will be held Saturday at 7:30 pm in Chenery Auditorium. The program, "Fun & Games," features a musical adaptation of the famous 1888 poem, Casey At Bat, as well as musical references to running, sailing, and the Olympics. In addition, the concert will features oboist Emily Dudd, winner of the 2018 KCB Youth Soloist Competition. Evans previewed the KCB's final concert of the season with Cara Lieurance.

Tonight at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church, area cellists will assemble to play in various groups of two to twelve, in a concert called "A Salute To Mary Butler." Jeffrey Butler, the son of Mary Butler and a cellist in the Houston Symphony, and Anne Sherfield, a Battle Creek Symphony player, join Cara Lieurance to preview the concert and share some stories about Ms. Butler's influence as a teacher and musician.