Classical music http://wkar.org en LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven http://wkar.org/post/lso-preview-new-season-offers-choral-fantasy-tchaikovsky-and-beethoven <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/" target="_blank">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a> and music director <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/Musicians/TheMusicDirector/tabid/105/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Timothy Muffitt</a> recently announced their 2014-15 season. <em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf speaks with Lansing State Journal classical music writer Ken Glickman for a preview. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:18:35 +0000 Peter Whorf 54897 at http://wkar.org LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven LSO season finale features Brahms http://wkar.org/post/lso-season-finale-features-brahms <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its regular season with an unusual Wednesday night concert tomorrow. It features Brahms’ final symphony, a near-viral modern composition, and a piano concerto played by <a href="http://www.thegilmore.org/gilmore-young-artist-award/andrew-hsu/">Andrew Hsu</a>, a Gilmore Young Artist competition winner. </span> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:47:22 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52923 at http://wkar.org LSO season finale features Brahms Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series http://wkar.org/post/apr-26-resurrection-msu-faculty-recital-series <p><strong>Sat. Apr. 26 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR</strong> | Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony and faculty soloist Melanie Helton in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:17:26 +0000 editor 52442 at http://wkar.org Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-symphony-closes-season-brahms <p>The <a href="http://www.a2so.com/">Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra</a> closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.</p><p><em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:20:05 +0000 Peter Whorf 52048 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms Brahms Festival Live Concert Special - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra http://wkar.org/post/brahms-festival-live-concert-special-ann-arbor-symphony-orchestra <p><strong>Sat. Apr. 12 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR</strong> | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra live from the Michigan Theatre.</p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:39:47 +0000 editor 51770 at http://wkar.org Brahms Festival Live Concert Special - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU http://wkar.org/post/heartbreaking-opera-classic-comes-msu <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a1fbdbd6-2ce4-7466-e542-80b10cefbb9a" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://music.msu.edu/areas-studios/vocal-arts/msu-opera-theatre">MSU Opera Theater</a> perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. <em>Current State’s</em> Peter Whorf spoke with director <a href="http://music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/melanie">Melanie Helton </a>and music director <a href="http://music.msu.edu/areas-studios/vocal-arts/msu-opera-theatre/daniel-beckwith-bio">Daniel Beckwith</a>, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances</span>. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:59:49 +0000 Peter Whorf 51692 at http://wkar.org Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein http://wkar.org/post/lso-feature-american-composers-copland-bernstein <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-07c86593-08e0-1e6b-bcd2-6f2e31f8710e" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a>’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. It features music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51353 at http://wkar.org LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein Director of noted English choir leads Grand Rapids ensemble http://wkar.org/post/director-noted-english-choir-leads-grand-rapids-ensemble <p></p><p>An unusual choir of men and boys based in Grand Rapids will present a Lenten season program this Friday and Saturday at St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Grand Rapids. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:44:06 +0000 Mark Bashore 51291 at http://wkar.org Director of noted English choir leads Grand Rapids ensemble Mar. 17 | Cello Plus: Russian Gems - MSU Faculty Recital Series http://wkar.org/post/mar-17-cello-plus-russian-gems-msu-faculty-recital-series <p><strong>Mon., March 17, 7:30 pm on 90.5 FM</strong> |&nbsp; MSU College of Music presents "Russian Gems" as part of the Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:49:50 +0000 editor 50531 at http://wkar.org Mar. 17 | Cello Plus: Russian Gems - MSU Faculty Recital Series Primarily Piano | March 2014 http://wkar.org/post/primarily-piano-march-2014 <p>In March, <strong>Primarily Piano</strong> features five superstars of the keyboard. Solo piano music, chamber groups and concerto performances are all part of five recent releases by masters of the instrument featured this month.<br /><strong>Saturdays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR</strong>. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:14:31 +0000 Peter Whorf 49777 at http://wkar.org Primarily Piano | March 2014 LIVE MUSIC: Votapeks reunite for Lansing Catholic benefit http://wkar.org/post/live-music-votapeks-reunite-lansing-catholic-benefit <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-429c5690-54fe-3542-1763-0ae211fe06d2"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><em>Current State</em> is pleased to welcome Michigan State University music professor emeritus <a href="http://www.ralphvotapek.com/index.html">Ralph Votapek</a> to provide today's live music.</span></span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:13:39 +0000 Current State 49684 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Votapeks reunite for Lansing Catholic benefit LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Micah Ling to juggle cello, banjo and vocals on debut album http://wkar.org/post/live-music-friday-micah-ling-juggle-cello-banjo-and-vocals-debut-album <p>Our featured musician this Friday is Micah Ling. This week, the Grand Rapids native and MSU grad surpassed her goal on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/micahling/micah-lings-debut-traditional-album">Kickstarter</a> to produce her debut solo album. She plays some the songs that will be featured on the new album and discusses her love for Old Time music.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:21:09 +0000 Current State 49375 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Micah Ling to juggle cello, banjo and vocals on debut album MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms. http://wkar.org/post/msu-symphony-features-copeland-brahms <p></p><p><a href="http://orch.music.msu.edu/symphony-orchestra/index.html">The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s</a> next concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features the fourth and last symphony of Brahms, and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:04:38 +0000 Current State 48930 at http://wkar.org MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms. MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday http://wkar.org/post/msu-musicians-celebrate-mozarts-birthday <p></p><p></p><p>Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be celebrated tonight at 7:30 at MSU's Fairchild Theatre as the College of Music presents its annual <a href="http://music.msu.edu/event-listing/monday-1-27-730-pm-happy-birthday-mozart/">"Happy Birthday Mozart" </a>concert.&nbsp; Woodwind musicians will perform several of Mozart's chamber works, and faculty vocalists will sing arias from three of Mozart's best known operas: "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte". Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:40:28 +0000 Current State 48504 at http://wkar.org MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday LSO concert highlights Tchaikovsky's legacy http://wkar.org/post/lso-concert-highlights-tchaikovskys-legacy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The<a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/SeasonProfile/tabid/54/Default.aspx#event134"> Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s</a> next concert is Saturday night at Wharton center. The program will be mostly Russian ballet music from several eras. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:19:40 +0000 Current State 47754 at http://wkar.org LSO concert highlights Tchaikovsky's legacy LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites http://wkar.org/post/lso-celebrates-season-holiday-favorites <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s</a> Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. <em>Current State’s </em>Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor <a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=105">Timothy Muffitt</a> about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:11:10 +0000 Current State 46913 at http://wkar.org LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites MSU Opera presents 'The Magic Flute' http://wkar.org/post/msu-opera-presents-magic-flute <p></p><p>The Michigan State University Opera Theatre is presenting Mozart’s “<a href="http://music.msu.edu/news-archive/msu-opera-theatre-puts-modern-twist-on-mozarts-the-magic-flute">The Magic Flute</a>” starting Friday night in the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:01:56 +0000 Current State 45682 at http://wkar.org MSU Opera presents 'The Magic Flute' ‘Micronotes’, ancient instruments featured in Turkish classical music http://wkar.org/post/micronotes-ancient-instruments-featured-turkish-classical-music <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">A group of musicians from Turkey will be at </span><a href="http://www.kelloggcenter.com/" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Kellogg Center</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> tonight.</span><span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> The name of the concert is “<a href="http://tasmich.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=313:concert-colors-of-turkish-music&amp;catid=50:concerts-1">Heritage of 1000 Years</a>.” Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:57:14 +0000 Current State 45291 at http://wkar.org ‘Micronotes’, ancient instruments featured in Turkish classical music MSU violinist performs Vivaldi at Cook Hall http://wkar.org/post/msu-violinist-performs-vivaldi-cook-hall <p>MSU Violin Professor <a href="http://music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/dmitri">Dmitri Berlinsky</a> performs a program of virtuoso violin works this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:34:49 +0000 Current State 45235 at http://wkar.org MSU violinist performs Vivaldi at Cook Hall LSO concert features Mozart's 'Requiem' http://wkar.org/post/lso-concert-features-mozarts-requiem <p></p><p></p><p>The<a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/"> Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s</a> next concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor <a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=105">Timothy Muffitt </a>says he’s quite pleased with the lineup. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:19:09 +0000 Current State 45004 at http://wkar.org LSO concert features Mozart's 'Requiem' Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan http://wkar.org/post/maestro-neeme-jarvi-returns-michigan <p></p><p></p><p>Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus <a href="http://www.neemejarvi.ee/">Neeme Jarvi</a> returns to Michigan to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra Friday. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:55:01 +0000 Current State 44893 at http://wkar.org Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan Three sonatas take center stage at Fairchild Theatre http://wkar.org/post/three-sonatas-take-center-stage-fairchild-theatre <p></p><p></p><p>MSU cello professor <a href="http://music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/suren">Suren Bagratuni</a> and assistant professor of piano Minsoo Sohn perform tonight at the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre.&nbsp; WKAR will <a href="http://wkar.org/post/nov-4-bagratuni-and-sohn-msu-faculty-recital-series">broadcast</a> the concert live at 7:30. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:17:51 +0000 Current State 44772 at http://wkar.org Three sonatas take center stage at Fairchild Theatre MSU Symphony concert features Beethoven, R.V.W. http://wkar.org/post/msu-symphony-concert-features-beethoven-rvw <p></p><p>The <a href="http://events.msu.edu/main.php?view=event&amp;eventid=1375060927636&amp;timebegin=2013-10-25%2020:00:00">MSU Symphony Orchestra’s</a> next concert is tonight at Wharton Center. The program begins with Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:05:26 +0000 Current State 44316 at http://wkar.org MSU Symphony concert features Beethoven, R.V.W. Current State #171 | October 3, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-171-october-3-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: count day for public schools; Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps;&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">Voices of Experience </span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">with Frank Kelley, Part II; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra&#39;s second MasterWorks concert.</span></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:12:10 +0000 Current State 43261 at http://wkar.org Latest LSO performance features all Russian program http://wkar.org/post/latest-lso-performance-features-all-russian-program <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/SeasonProfile/tabid/54/Default.asp">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a>&rsquo;s second MasterWorks concert of the season is on Saturday at <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>. It features music of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, and the two violin concertos by Prokofiev.</span></span> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:54:54 +0000 Current State 43260 at http://wkar.org Latest LSO performance features all Russian program LSO wraps up season with Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff http://wkar.org/post/lso-wraps-season-prokofiev-and-rachmaninoff <p>Tonight, the <a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a> wraps up its season with a program featuring music from Prokofiev’s <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> and the Rachmaninoff <em>Piano Concerto Number One</em>. <em>Current State's</em> Melissa Benmark caught up with conductor <a href="http://timothymuffitt.com/">Timothy Muffitt</a> for a preview. Thu, 09 May 2013 15:41:44 +0000 Current State 35565 at http://wkar.org LSO wraps up season with Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff Current State #70 | April 19, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-70-april-19-2013 <p></p><p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:39:33 +0000 Current State 34539 at http://wkar.org Trumpeter Alison Balsom plays Hill Auditorium this weekend http://wkar.org/post/trumpeter-alison-balsom-plays-hill-auditorium-weekend <p></p><p></p><p>Trumpeter <a href="http://www.alisonbalsom.com/">Alison Balsom</a> is one of the world’s premiere performers on the classical stage and on major recording labels. &nbsp;She comes to Ann Arbor’s <a href="http://tickets.ums.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=758">Hill Auditorium</a> Saturday, April 20th. WKAR's Peter Whorf previews her concert.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:54:58 +0000 Current State 34535 at http://wkar.org Trumpeter Alison Balsom plays Hill Auditorium this weekend MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni plays live http://wkar.org/post/msu-cello-professor-suren-bagratuni-plays-live <p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:24:59 +0000 Current State 32750 at http://wkar.org MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni plays live Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter on life and music http://wkar.org/post/violinist-anne-sophie-mutter-life-and-music <p><span style="line-height: 15.75pt;">Violinist </span><a href="http://www.anne-sophie-mutter.de/index.php?L=1" style="line-height: 15.75pt;">Anne Sophie Mutter</a><span style="line-height: 15.75pt;">&nbsp;is one of the true superstars of classical music. Since her first concerts on the world’s most prestigious stages, Mutter has inspired audiences around the globe with recitals, concerto performances and dozens of recordings.</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:27:17 +0000 Current State 32670 at http://wkar.org Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter on life and music