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)

Saxophonist John Coltrane is one of the most imitated saxophonists of all time. During his relatively short career, he profoundly contributed to music as a composer and bandleader.

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Composer Elisabeth Blair grew up in the singer/songwriter scene, where it's common to find women performers and writers. So when she began moving into the field of classical composition, she noticed the absence of past and present composers who are women. They were rarely discussed, performed, or mentioned in textbooks. As a challenge to herself, Blair decided to feature one woman composer a day on a Facebook page. At the time, she wasn't sure it would continue for more than a month.

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On Wednesday, composer/pianist Cassandra Kaczor and baritone Ian McGuffin, both graduate students at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will premiere a new, eight-movement work based on the writing of Will Brooks, a musician, writer, and voice for the LGBT community. In an interview and performance at WMUK, Kaczor and McGuffin talked about writing the work and previewed three selections.

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Anthony Healy is a pianist and educator who recently earned his master's degree in music at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Jeremy Siskind. In addition to teaching at Crescendo Academy and for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival outreach programs, he performs regularly in Kalamazoo at Ouzos Pub & European Grill on Friday nights and at the Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Old Dog Tavern, usually with a revolving list of musicians. On short notice, Healy agreed to bring some holiday cheer to WMUK's studio, playing his impromptu settings of favorite carols.

Kalamazoo Symphony assistant conductor Daniel Brier and stage director Ben Zylman discuss the symphony's world-premiere adaptation of The Night Before Christmas, which will be performed Sunday in Chenery Auditorium as part of the Family Discovery Series.