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July Episodes | MSU in Concert

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Kevin Noe with Orchestra
courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This July, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

man with mural
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light.

On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue.  That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.

 

A portrait of Omar and Katy
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

As the month of Ramadan comes to a close, we talk with local Muslim couple Katy Hollobaugh and Omar Elsherif to learn what this time of year means to them.

 


Karel Vega / WKAR

East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is this weekend. The festival begins today in downtown East Lansing and runs through Saturday night. Entry is free. The Zach Adleman Quartet stopped by the studio to give WKAR's Karel Vega a sneak preview of what to expect at their performance on Saturday.

 


Courtesy Dan Kofoed

A new film festival in downtown Charlotte gets underway this weekend. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley brings us more about this festival which doesn’t mind if a few seams are showing.


Jamie Paisley

Mark Colson has been a professor with the MSU Department of Theatre for 6 years and still visits stages like the Williamston Theatre, Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre, as well making TV appearances in 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Banshee,' and 'Mad Men.' But this summer, he’s taking MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre on the road, but without ever leaving campus.


Courtesy Divinity Roxx

Her name? R-O-X-X. Divinity Roxx. She’s a bassist who has played The Grammy’s, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, and even The White House. Divinity spoke with WKAR’s Jamie Paisley ahead of her performance in Lansing's REO Town on Wednesday.


June Episodes | MSU in Concert

Jun 7, 2017
Bagratuni on cello
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This June, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

Usually, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra season begins in September, but for the season premiere concert, Maestro Timothy Muffitt tells me that the recently announced 2017-18 season has to be pushed back thanks to a bit of construction at the Wharton Center.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

There are 6 concerts in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explored some of the highlights with the LSO’s Maestro Timothy Muffitt.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Light installation and painting along Michigan Avenue underneath US 127 is progressing.


Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

The 2015 Tony for Best Musical, Score, and Book went to the show Fun Home, which opens at the Wharton Center next week. The show was also co-written by Lansing-native Lisa Kron, who sat down with our very own Jamie Paisley.


Google Honors Broad Museum Architect Zaha Hadid

May 31, 2017
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

On Wednesday, the Google home page featured a tribute to Zaha Hadid, the late architect responsible for building the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.  


Andy Piper - Creative Commons, Unadjusted / https://www.flickr.com/photos/subraytan/6680555201/in/album-72157628827951593/

The 6th annual Cinetopia film festival gets underway this week in Ann Arbor and Detroit. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with one of the Cinetopia organizers which doesn’t take submissions. Instead, the staff scours film festivals across the world, and a few festivals closer to home.


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.

 

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