Melissa Benmark

Morning Edition Host

Melissa Ingells Benmark is the host for Morning Edition and also produces features and interviews for the program, with an emphasis on the arts.

Melissa came to WKAR from WCMU in Mount Pleasant.

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NewsRoom
12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gregorian previews Shostakovich Seventh

MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian
Courtesy MSU College of Music

The MSU Symphony Orchestra's next concert features the Symphony #7 by Dmitri Shostakovich. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian, about this historical symphony.

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NewsRoom
12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Under the Radar: Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Lev Raphael
Courtesy Lev Raphael

Book reviewer Lev Raphael this month shares a kind of reading he's never brought in before. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
12:01 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Lansing Symphony to play MasterWorks IV

MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder
Courtesy MSU College of Music

WKAR's Melissa Benmark talks with Lansing Symphony Orchestra music director Timothy Muffitt and MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder about the next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert. Sinder is the soloist in a Tuba Concerto by TV and film composer, Bruce Broughton.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Birbiglia to Perform at Wharton Center

Comedian and author Mike Birbiglia.
Courtesy Secret Public Productions

Comedian and author Mike Birbiglia is coming to MSU's Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with him about his appearances on public radio's "This American Life," teen angst, and what medium he is most comfortable working in.

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NewsRoom
12:01 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Gregorian Previews MSU Symphony Concert

MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian.
Courtesy MSU College of Music

WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Leon Gregorian about the next MSU Symphony Orchestra concert, which features a new Tuba Concerto by MSU professor Ron Newman.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

MSU takes on Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship game

The home of MSU's football program, Spartan Stadium.
Photo: Melissa Benmark WKAR

WKAR's Melissa Benmark talked with sports writer Jack Ebling about MSU playing in the first ever Big Ten Championship game.

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Arts - MSU Symphony October
12:41 am
Fri October 21, 2011

MSU Symphony plays Jalbert, Shostakovich, Bernstein

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - MSU Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras designate Kevin Noe speaks with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the next MSU Symphony concert at Wharton Center, beginning with a piece by American composer Pierre Jalbert.

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