Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

A portrait of Amal outside
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today is the first day of Ramadan, a holy time of fasting for Muslims. For the next few weeks, we’ll be spending time with local Muslims to learn what Ramadan means to them. We started with MSU student Amal Matovu.

 

Courtesy Alma Highlands Festival

It’s a weekend for haggis and kilts in Alma, Michigan as the 50th annual Alma Highland Festival gets underway, but as WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned, even this year’s festival president doesn’t care for that infamous Scottish delicacy of meat encased in a sheep’s stomach.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Enjoy images from the 2017 East Lansing Art Festival in downtown East Lansing.

Rachel Santorelli, Lansing Symphony

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” However, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned that a percussion concerto from University of Michigan composer Paul Dooley which the Lansing Symphony is world premiering this Friday, didn’t have ANY name just a few weeks ago.


William Brohn photo
Kurt Stepnitz / Michigan State University

William Brohn, an MSU alumnus who went on the fame as a Tony Award-winning orchestrator, has died.

Jamie Paisley

This Saturday, they officially turn 100 years old. The Flint Symphony Orchestra’s landmark 100th season comes to a close and WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Flint to speak with the Maestro who’s led them to the century mark.


Jamie Paisley

This weekend in Lansing’s REO Town, the Ixion Theatre explores the realm of all things geek through 5 world premiere short plays. But it poses a question whose answer keeps evolving: Is the word ‘geek’ a positive thing, or is it mainly a pejorative?


Der Rosenkavalier | Metropolitan Opera

May 8, 2017
Erin Morley  and Günther Groissböck on stage
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

May 13 at 1pm on 90.5 WKAR Radio | The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. 

Jamie Paisley

For the past couple weeks, most of MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum has been shut down. They’ve been preparing to open a new display which has taken over all of the main galleries. WKAR's Jamie Paisley spoke with some of the minds behind this exhibit called “The Transported Man.”


Cyrano de Bergerac | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 30, 2017
Jennifer Rowley and Roberto Alagna on stage
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

May 6 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR RADIO | The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane.

Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

From the Disney film G-Force to the movie trailer from Paul Blart: Mall Cop...from Carlton Beer to Domino's Pizza.

Decades of media appropriation have placed Carl Orff's O Fortuna opening to the scenic cantata Carmina Burana among classical music's greatest cliches. However, hearing the more than 60 minutes of music you may not know from this sprawling work will bring a startling freshness to the experience.


Jamie Paisley

After 40 years, a mid-Michigan Maestro is calling it quits this weekend after one final bow Saturday night. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley attended one of their final rehearsals together.


Jamie Paisley

This Friday, the Meridian Community Band will play a concert of All-American composers. One of those composers, will be playing in the percussion section, after he’s finished going to High School in DeWitt. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley got to meet a remarkable 16 year old yesterday: Ancel Neeley, but everybody calls him 'Fitz.'


The "One Book, One Community" title for this year is "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierly and Larry Buttrose. Saroo's true story taking him from India to Australia and back again is a best-seller that was later made into the Oscar-nominated film "Lion."

Jamie Paisley

The Grand Rapids Symphony is prepraring a concert by two L.B.s: Leonard Bernstein & Ludwig van Beethoven. Attend a rehearsal and hear the "Ode to Joy, Version 1.0"


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