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

Michal Koralewski, via Flickr

This Saturday, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia concludes its season with a program of two works: Debussy's 1899 Nocturnes,  and the 1911 one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Bela Bartok, featuring soprano Rhea Olivacce as Judith and David Govertson as Bluebeard. Conductor Andrew Koehler sets the scene in an preview with Cara Lieurance.


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Established as a quintet, the Arcadia Winds will expand to 17 players to perform the Serenade No. 2 in A by Johannes Brahms on Friday night at the Ladies Library of Kalamazoo. Horn player Ron Chase, pianist Barbara Hong, and Ladies Library Association member Paula Jamison talk about the concert and the historic building which houses the Arcadia Winds series.


Melanie Cook

Dr. Karen Woodworth, director of the Kalamazoo Recorder Players, says her program "Images of Place And Time" takes inspiration from music of many ages and showcases pieces published in the American Recorder Society's quarterly magazine. With David Fischer, they discuss a variety of music in an interview with Cara Lieurance. The Kalamazoo Recorder Players will perform at The Fountains at Bronson Place on Sunday at 3 pm. 


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After 18 years with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Harvey will conduct his final performance as music director on May 26. The maestro will return in future seasons music director emeritus, but he marked the transition by looking back at his legacy of music-making in Kalamazoo in an interview with Cara Lieurance. They discuss the "World Of" series, notable guest artists, his love of conducting opera, his appearances as a solo pianist, and his admiration for the orchestra itself. 


Shervin Lainez

Joshua Bell, a a top concert soloist for over three decades, still finds it hard to believe that the string competition he entered as a twelve-year old is now in its forty-second year. The Stulberg International String Competition will be held in Kalamazoo this Saturday.

In the interview, Bell remembers being pessimistic about his chances against the older competitors at the Stulberg, and how his fingers missed the fingerboard in the opening passages of Eduardo Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, prompting him to stop and ask to start over. That episode is now the subject of a children's book, The Dance of the Violin, a follow up to The Man With The Violin, which was based on Bell's hour-long stint as a subway musician. Bell also touches on his meaningful relationship with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, for which he serves as music director.

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