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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Music director Rick Phelps talks to Cara Lieurance about the compelling integrity of folk music, and they cover some of the choral arrangements of folk songs and spirituals the Kalamazoo Singers will feature on its Sunday concert, including "Shenandoah," and "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho." The program begins at 3 pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Symphony

Andrew Grams, who is music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and one of the finalists for the music director position with the Kalamazoo Symphony, talks about the many facets of the job in a pre-concert interview with Cara Lieurance. Joining them is cellist and finalist of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Pablo Ferrandez-Castro. He will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. During the concerto, Ferrandez-Castro will improvise his cadenzas, a skill common in Haydn's time, but less so today. Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 are also on the program. The concert begins at 8 pm Saturday, in Chenery Auditorium.

Vince Mendoza is one of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last two decades. A multi-Grammy Award winner, he has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, and tonight the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra and WMU Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of his works. Mendoza and Andrew Rathbun, professor of jazz at WMU, preview the concert and the high points of his career with Cara Lieurance.

Ben Doyle

Weigang Li, the founding first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet, previews their concert with famous pipa virtuoso Wu Man, in an interview with Cara Lieurance. He says although they've received notice for their East-West crossover programs, he considers himself a specialist in Germanic music - the core classical repertory of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Li says that even though it's a cliché, music really does allow people from different countries to share a language together.

The concert is Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, presented by Fontana.

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Director Andrew Koehler will welcome Karisa Chiu, the 2017 Stulberg String Competition Bronze Medalist, to the Chenery Auditorium stage on Sunday to perform the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 by Sibelius. In addition to the Sibelius, Koehler and Cara Lieurance discuss two other works on the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra program: Schumann's Manfred Overture and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.