Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.


Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc, Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, and Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado in Adès' "The Exterminating Angel."
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. 

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.

Gene and Maya Washington photo
Courtesy photo

Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


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.


Luisa Miller | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 8, 2018
A scene from Verdi's Luisa Miller.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 14 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.

Lucia di Lammermoor | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 1, 2018
A scene from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with Natalie Dessay in the title role.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende.

Così Fan Tutte | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 25, 2018
A scene from Phelim McDermott's new production of Mozart'sCosì fan tutte . Photographed here at the English National Opera.
Martin Smith / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 31 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | A winning cast comes together for Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island.

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.


Turandot | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 18, 2018
Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf in Puccini's Turandot.
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. 

Aretha Franklin
Facebook fan page of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is canceling two upcoming concerts on doctor's orders.

Mark Auslander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There will not be a Great Lakes Folk Festival this summer in East Lansing. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with  Museum Director Mark Auslander about the decision.


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.


Elektra | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 11, 2018
Christine Goerke, seen here as the Dyer's Wife in Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. will sing the title role in Strauss's "Elektra in the 17-18 season.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 17 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra at the Met in Patrice Chéreau’s landmark production.

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