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)

Katherine Lane

Jazz pianist and composer Nicholas Olynciw (OH-lin-shoo) recently completed his master's degree in jazz performance at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Matthew FriesJazz Currents host Keith Hall visits with Olynciw in the Takeda studio at WMUK, where they talked about his Long Island, Texas, and Michigan connections, and Olynciw plays several new solo works:  "New Blues," "Associated," "Thermos," "Re-Pete," and "Dream Dancing."

Marco Borggreve

Kirill Gerstein will perform on the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's Piano Masters Series on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. In a wide-ranging musical conversation with Cara Lieurance, Gerstein discusses the many-sided life of Franz Liszt, the legacy of Beethoven, rare works of Debussy and the Gilmore premiere of Thomas Adès' Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel, which the composer adapted from his new opera for Gerstein. 

Gerstein says the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is a special event for the pianists themselves, who rarely have time to meet and socialize in the course of their solo careers. His latest recording, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is of Ferrucio Busoni's Piano Concerto, a mammoth, late-romantic work for which he is a passionate advocate.

Gord McKenna, via Flickr. All creative commons.

The Kalamazoo Singers have prepared a collection of contemporary Canadian choral works for its final concert of the season, which will be held Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm in First United Methodist Church. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Rick Phelps talks about the varied works on 'O Canada," after relating shared memories of Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Phelps' road trip to Alaska. 

Met Museum, public domain copyright

The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chamber Singers and Arcato Chamber Ensemble will team up for a program that explores myths, miracles, and faith in music. Chris Ludwa, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chamber Singers, and Andrew Koehler, director of the Arcato Chamber Ensemble, discuss Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus, Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Christopher Theofanidis’s Visions and Miracles, Ola Gjeilo’s Unicornis Captivatur, and Vivaldi’s Gloria in D.

The concert will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm in Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College.

Early 20th century songs from diverse points of view for soprano, viola and piano, and Bach mixed with contemporary poetry by Kid Kane are the highlights of "Breaking Barriers With Bach," a program of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival set for Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm at Kalamazoo College. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Arturo Ziraldo of Heartside Harmony talks about the program and its featured guest, performance poet Kyd Kane