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

Chris Ludwa, the new music director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, speaks with Cara Lieurance about his dual passions for singing and social justice, and how he plans to bring them together in his role as leader of a 60 member chorus. On Thursday at Bell's Brewery, the chorus will host Bachtoberfest!, an event to raise funds for the chorus and hurricane relief for Puerto Rico. It starts at 7 pm, with music performances by Who Hit John? Missin' Peace, and Brass Rail. Ludwa says it will also be the unofficial debut of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Beer Chorus.


WMU School of Music

On Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, five top vocal jazz soloists will reunite as MOSS for a concert that will also feature the Western Jazz Quartet, the University Jazz Orchestra, and Gold Company.

At WMUK, Theo Bleckmann, Lauren Kinhan, Jo Lawry, Peter Eldridge and Kate McGarry previewed their performance and revealed that their now-classic 2008 album, Moss, was based on three things: delicious home-cooked meals, self-knowledge as experienced artists, and a spirit of supportiveness.


Chad Boorsma

The Sacred Music at the Cathedral Series, held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, will begin its new season tonight at 7 pm with a solo recital by organist Christopher Dekker. A PhD student in organ performance at Notre Dame University, Dekker's program will include works of Bach, Barber, and Franck. He and series director Tom Fielding talk with Cara Lieurance about tonight's program.


On Saturday at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, the Battle Creek Symphony returns to stage for a season-opening concert called "Arabian Nights." Music director Anne Harrigan will conduct the program's centerpiece, Scheherazade, music from Disney's Aladdin, and the Aladdin Suite by Carl Nielsen. Harrigan previewed the highlights of the program with Cara Lieurance.


Katherine Mumma

Gypsy tells the true story of two young sisters who've never known any other life except show business, and never been allowed any other ambitions besides stage success by their single-minded mother. "She's a survivalist," says Mary Jo Mecca of her character, Mama Rose.

The classic Styne-Sondheim-Laurents musical opens the 10th season of Farmers Alley Theatre on Friday, October 6 at the Little Theatre.  Mecca, Michael Ehlers (Herbie), Stephanie Maloney (Louise) and director Kathy Mulay give their perspectives on how and why the story plays out the way it does.


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