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

Pete Checchia

Fontana Chamber Arts presents the Tokyo String Quartet on its farewell tour this Saturday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Violinist Kikuei Ikeda joined the quartet in 1974, five years after it was formed. He says that his acceptance by phone was the most momentous 5 seconds of his life. Along with the opportunity to play at the highest level on world stages, the decision required him to leave Japan to live in the United States for four decades.

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The Battle Creek Symphony presents “An Evening with the Royals” this Saturday at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, led by music director and conductor Anne Harrigan

Mazawi and Casey Bernhard

Tonight the Red Sea Pedestrians trek back to Western Michigan University for a performance at the School of Music. All 6 members of the eclectic klezmer-swing-folk band are WMU alumni. Ian Gorman tells Cara Lieurance about the band’s origins, the development of its unique and versatile style, and the influence of regional stories and folklore from Michigan in their music. This is the first performance featuring new drummer/percussionist Ben Lau.

Western Michigan University majors in vocal performance have been working under the direction of Susan Anthony for weeks to prepare performances of Act Two of Die Fledermaus this Thursday and Friday at the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Ms. Anthony returned to Kalamazoo after a successful career as an opera singer, mainly in European opera houses. The work she's preparing with the WMU Opera Workshop, a Strauss operetta, is one in which she’s played a role many times. 

Ethan Levitas

Fontana Chamber Arts presents saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and his band at the Wellspring Theatre this Saturday, featuring blazingly original music from his just-released album Gamak

Mahanthappa talks about his early listening experiences from childhood through college, and expresses his preference for live concerts over albums, saying that with live music, social change is possible.

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