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

Schola Antiqua

The "richly intertextual, cross-pollinating "Middle Ages" of Jerusalem" is the inspiration for a concert by Schola Antiqua of Chicago at 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 17 at First Congregational Church, presented by the Connecting Chords Music Festival.  Cara Lieurance talked to managing director Matthew Dean about the upcoming concert and the traditions from which it draws.


Jennifer Pascual

Dr. Jennifer Pascual gave a solo organ recital on Friday, Nov 8 at First United Methodist Church as part of the Sacred Music At The Cathedral Series, hosted and curated by Thomas Fielding, organist at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo.  In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Pascual talked about the responsibilities of her job at St. Patrick's Cathedral, which includes preparing organ and choral music for seven services a day. Fielding previews the upcoming concerts on the series.


WMU School of Music

Alex Hayashi, Western Michigan University's oboe instructor, and Bruce Uchimura, director of the WMU Symphony Orchestra, join Cara Lieurance to preview a concert in which Hayashi will perform Bohuslav Martinu's Oboe Concerto with the orchestra. It's set for 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 


Gábor Bence Molnár

At 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 at Chenery Auditorium, the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will open its season with four works which conductor Andrew Koehler sums up as 'Shifting Landscapes.' They are Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), which depicts a remote place in Scotland; The Accursed Huntsman, Cesar Franck's mythic tone poem; an extremely rare piece by Z. Noskowski inspired by a mountain lake in Poland, and Poems of the Sea by Ernst Bloch. 


courtesy of the artist

Pianist Emilio Solla is a New York-based  jazz and tango composer and arranger originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. A fan of Piazzolla's Nuevo Tango as a young performer, Solla says he learned to appreciate older tango styles at the height of his career as a jazz pianist. At 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov 6 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Solla will join the WMU Jazz Orchestra and faculty performers for a concert featuring his original compositions and arrangements. As he tells Cara Lieurance, many of his pieces expand on jazz or tango to embrace folk forms and sounds, in a process that allows cultures to meet and connections to form. Solla cautions classical musicians not to treat the tango, and Piazzolla's music, as "easy."

Emilio Solla's newest album is Puertos: Music from International Waters, featuring Solla and his Tango Jazz Orchestra. 


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