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)

WMU School of Music

Before a Jan 29 recital of works for brass quintet, Western Brass Quintet horn player Lin Foulk Baird and tubist Jacob Cameron sat down to talk about how they choose music for a concert, how their instruments have changed over the centuries, and how they like to play classics, new commissions, and great works that went under the radar, such as George Walker's Music for Brass (1975). 

Baird and Cameron also talked about the Western Brass Quintet's upcoming album of new works, Better Angels. The album title is also the title of a new work written for them by WMU composer David Colson. It will be released in March, 2020. 

Brandon Yenchus, via Jane Kozhevnikova

Charts by jazz greats Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Paquito D'Rivera all have a place on tonight's concert by the Western Michigan University Jazz Lab Band and the WMU Jazz Orchestra, but it doesn't stop there. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, jazz studies professor Dr. Scott Cowan and graduate student/composer Eddie Codrington highlight new and original pieces by Codrington himself ("Flaskling") and another student composer, Jane Kozhevnikova ("'Cause I Ain't Sugar"). 

The concert is at 7:30 pm at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door or through the Miller Auditorium box office.

David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, and Anna Polonsky all bring rich and joyful backgrounds in classical music to their music-making. Taking time out of a rehearsal, Shifrin, Wiley and Polonsky get on the speaker phone talk to Cara Lieurance about how their musical histories intersect. For example, all are alumni of the Curtis Institute, and all have enjoyed performing together at summer festivals. Their trio, which was formed in 2018, will perform music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Zemlinsky on the Fontana series at 7:30 pm on Friday, January 31 at First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. A pre-concert lecture is offered at 7 pm. 

Art Hop is one of the most visible programs created and supported by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, but the list of ACGK activity is much larger than most people realize. Executive Director Kristen Chesak joins Cara Lieurance to talk about how the council has sustained and helped focus the work of artists in southwest Michigan - filmmakers, painters, dancers, musicians, ceramic artists, playwrights, performers and craftspeople of all kinds. 

Cindy Hunter

Cindy Hunter, director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, and organist Michael Montgomery join Cara Lieurance to announce the upcoming events of the 50th Anniversary year of the Casavant Frères Pipe Organ, an instrument that debuted in 1970 after the destruction by fire of the previous organ.

Hunter and Montgomery discuss the special qualities of this treasured instrument, one of several notable pipe organs in Kalamazoo. The first event is a Choral Evensong with Organ Rededication, at 4 pm Sunday January 26. Follow upcoming events at the First Presbyterian Church's facebook page.


50th Anniversary Organ Events 

Casavant Frères Pipe Organ, op. 3067

First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo Michigan


  • Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, 4 pm  - Choral Evensong with Organ Rededication 

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, 7 pm  - American Guild of Organists - SW Michigan Chapter members recital

  • Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, 4 pm  - “Vox Humana” - concert featuring voices with WMU Choral Scholars 

  • Sunday March 15, 2020, 4 pm and 10:00 morning worship - Guest Recitalist Dr. Norah Duncan - Wayne State University, Blessed Sacrament Church, Detroit 

  • Sunday, April 26 following morning service - Organ Petting Zoo

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 - Doors open to church during Art Hop, area organists playing organ

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020, 4 pm  - Guest Recitalist Marilyn Ossentjuk, with her WMU organ students 

  • Monday, June 1, 2020, 7 pm  - Bach Festival Week “Bach Around the Block” Friday/Saturday, June 5 & 6, 2020  Doors open to church during KIA Art Fair, area organists playing organ

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 - Doors open to church during Art Hop, area organists playing organ

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, 7 pm - HymnFest featuring former organist Elizabeth Bruce, Doors open to church during Art Hop

  • September 13, 2020, 4 pm and 10:00 morning service  - Guest Recitalist Dr. John Sherer (Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago) in collaboration with Gilmore Keyboard Festival

  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, 4 pm - Recitalist Michael Montgomery Halloween themed event, with Trunk or Treat in Gathering Place following recital. Invite all to wear costumes

  • Sunday, All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2020 4 pm - Choir/organ/orchestra presentation of large choral masterwork Faure Requiem (performed at organ dedication 50 years in 1970)

  • Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, 4 pm - Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday - Brass and organ, solo instruments with organ - in collaboration with Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

  • Sunday, Dec 13, 2020, 6 pm - Advent Vespers Service. John Rutter’s “Gloria.”