Cara Lieurance

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Honoring players of the past, and developing an original voice at the same time, isn't as contradictory as it seems, according to Emmet Cohen. The jazz pioneers he admires all paved the way by being confident in their own self-expression. Cohen is doing the same thing, while making it his mission to play alongside as many of today's jazz legends as possible.


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An ethereal singer, multi-instrumentalist and authority on ancient Celtic traditions, Loreena McKennitt begins a 25-city tour in Michigan this month, appearing at the Kalamazoo State Theatre on Thursday, October 13.

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Elisabeth Blair, a graduate student in composition at Western Michigan University, had a background in the egalitarian world of singer-songwriters before changing her focus to classical music study. There, she was confronted by a longstanding lack of recognition for women composers, past and present. She asked herself, "Where are the other composers like me?" and, "Why, in a season of concerts by top American orchestras in 2015, were only two percent of the works written by women?"


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Christian Bischof, organist at St.-Margaret-Kirche in Munich, Germany and a rising star, performed on September 30 at St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance which also includes Karl Schrock and Tom Fielding, he discusses his training as a performer and his certification as an organ "expert" - someone qualified to diagnose and repair this highly complex instrument.


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Nashon Holloway doesn't take her gift for music lightly. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, she says that for her, music is a communal experience that brings people together, not a vehicle for fame. Her songs often address life's uncertainty with empathy, but without offering platitudes. The singer-songwriter's debut album, The Palace and the Hut, was released in a sold-out show at Bell's Eccentric Cafe on September 30.


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