Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Picture of last year's festival.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing Art Festival is this weekend, with live music starting tonight at 7:00.

woman in studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with East Lansing Art Festival director Michelle Carlson for a preview of this weekend's event.


Tonight at 8:00, WKAR 90.5 Classical and brings music listeners the first-ever live broadcast of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Timothy Muffitt leads the program which includes the world premiere of MSU composer Zhou Tian's Trace, plus Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Llewellyn Sanchaez-Werner (2014 Gilmore Young Artist winner) and Mussorgsky/Ravel's colorful and thrilling Pictures at an Exhibition.

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With very little notice, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has made a change to this Friday night’s Wharton Center performance in East Lansing. Earlier this week, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke on the phone with the young artist who is filling in at the last minute: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.

Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

On Saturday, the Jackson Symphony has their final concert of the year featuring two premieres of American works & and Czech composer inspired by America. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with JSO’s Dr. Matthew Aubin to get inside the music.


Jordi Savall's newest recording with his group Hesperion XXI explores two centuries of European Baroque masterpieces. WKAR's Peter Whorf guides us through May's 90.5 Classical New Release Of The Month...

Edwin Burrows
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Edwin Burrows, a historian who won a Pulitzer Prize for an epic overview of New York City's early history, has died. He was 74.

A foundation has awarded $2.3 million to projects including documentaries on Muslim veterans, Arabic theater productions and a look at Michigan's "Halal Metropolis."

Roméo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 29, 2018
A scene from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., May 5 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers and Plácido Domingo conducts.

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A grand finale to this year’s MSU College of Music concert season takes place on stage at the Wharton Center tomorrow night. Professor David Rayl, director of the college’s choral programs, speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf about the Felix Mendelssohn masterwork...

Storyteller Liz Andrews
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

 Tomorrow is our next Pop-Up Stories live storytelling event. This time we’ll be at Impression 5 and the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Liz Andrews told a story about going to Paris.




Carol Edmunds photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Thursday April 26th is our next Pop-Up Stories, and this time we’ll be at Impression5 where the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Carol Edmunds told a story of a memorable journey at sea.



Cendrillon | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 22, 2018
A scene from Laurent Pelly's new production of Massenet'sCendrillon . Photographed here at the Santa Fe Opera.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Cendrillon is an opera described as a "fairy tale" in four acts by Jules Massenet.

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.

Maceo Parker photo
Laurent Graffion

Saxophone player Maceo Parker may have the greatest résumé in funk music history. On Friday night, Parker brings a show paying tribute to Ray Charles to MSU’s Wharton Center.