Jamie Paisley

Radio host and fine arts producer

Questionnaire:

Hometown(s)?
Lansing, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Brookline, MA; Ithaca, NY; Avondale, PA

To what faults do you find yourself most indulgent?
Cheesesteaks

How do you spend your free time?
Old movies & TV shows with a sprinkling of boardgames

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to instantly transport myself anywhere in the world. I love travel, but hate the traveling.

What sound or noise do you love?
An audience singing along impromptu with a performance.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The scraping of chalkboards... fortunately, chalkboards are on the way out.

Do you like sports?
No... but I like feigning ignorance about sports.

Who is your favorite composer?
NOOO! Too hard! Top 5 of the moment, at least: Stravinsky; Brahms; Dowland; John Adams; Stephen Sondheim
 

Reginald Hardwick, Kevin Lavery, Jamie Paisley
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

WKAR, the NPR station for Michigan's Capital region, won seven awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Lansing.

On the April 21-22, 2018 edition of Current State: a new bill to make thousands of Medicaid recipients in Michigan work for their benefits, an MSU professor gives his thoughts on the controversy at Starbucks, Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer, a new place to watch glass-blowing in Michigan and meet the "last keeper of the light" in Ireland. Saturday at 11:00 a.m. & Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 FM. 


Jamie Paisley

This weekend, the Flint Institute of Arts unveils two newly constructed, multi-million dollar additions. One features galleries for two new acquisitions the FIA received. The other is an arena to watch artisans create works of art from glass. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Flint earlier this week for a preview.


On the April 14-15 edition: WKAR's new education initiatives; the real cost of food waste; new Shingles vaccine; perspective of a submarine pilot; the new Wharton Center season & a new film showing how MSU helped racially integrate college football.


Nick Rutter

The famed British early music ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, arrive at East Lansing’s Fairchild Theatre Sunday night to sing a program called War and Peace. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who founded them back in 1973, Peter Phillips, to talk about performing music that is centuries old.

Andrew Eccles

Earlier this week, the Wharton Center announced their 2018-19 season. Our fine arts expert, Jamie Paisley sat down with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand, and communications director Diane Willcox to talk about their year of classical music and a few plays coming to East Lansing.


Joan Marcus 2018

Today, the Wharton Center in East Lansing unveiled their 2018-19 season to the general public. WKAR's Jamie Paisley brings you a rundown of the shows, including more details about the already-announced arrival of the mega-hit musical, Hamilton.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

This Saturday night, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center to present a program highlighting two local talents. However, a few months ago, one of these pieces turned from a celebratory work into a tribute, instead.


Jeremy Daniels

Broadway producer Kevin McCollum sits down with WKAR to talk about his show "Something Rotten" at the Wharton Center this week. A show which made McCollum do something he hadn't done since he produced RENT in the 90's.


Courtesy MSU College of Music

Last August, some MSU graduates assembled for a concert focusing on women-centric music and poetry. The group calls themselves MIrabai and today, International Women's Day, their Ecstatic Songs is released. WKAR's Jamie Paisley spoke to Dr. Sandra Snow about the project.
 


Public Domain - Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio

March is Women's History Month and March 8th marks International Women's Day. All month on WKAR's 90.5 Classical, you'll find information about the influential voices in classical music as well as some of the voices repressed because of their gender, from Haydn's downstairs neighbor, to the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music.

On this page throughout the month of March, we'll assemble the various musicians being highlighted, plus add links to both hear their music and in some cases purchase the sheet music of their works.

We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


Mark Kitaoka

Saturday night, the Lansing Symphony welcomes a Lansing-born soloist that nowadays spends his time as the first ever American principle French horn of the Berlin Philharmonic. And when it comes to how David Cooper began his path on the French horn, like many great stories it starts with his grandmother.


Al Ravenna - Creative Commons/No Copyright

This weekend, the New York Philharmonic is again in residency in Ann Arbor brought about by the University Musical Society. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with UMS President, Matthew VanBesien and Maestro Leonard Slatkin.


Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

Is it church music? Or is it an opera in disguise? This weekend, the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Verdi’s Requiem. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with the Symphony’s new music director, Marcelo Lehninger to talk about one of the maestro’s favorite pieces.


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