Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Jamie Paisley

Only 6 states in the U.S. do not have a Poet Laureate, and Michigan is one of them.
After attempting to make that happen a few years ago, a group of mid-Michigan organizations have shifted to a smaller scale.


Carmen | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 5, 2017
A scene from Bizet's Carmen.
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine stars as Bizet’s immortal Gypsy heroine. 

This weekend marks another opportunity to see the new music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Marcelo Lehninger. In addition, February marks an important moment for many performing arts organizations: announcements for the next season.


Rigoletto | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 30, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 4 at 1pm  on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960. 

Jamie Paisley

Tuesday night, January 31st, the MSU Wind Symphony presents a concert of American composers at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who leads the ensemble about to perform two pieces of music centered on periods of American strife: The Civil War & 9/11.


Jamie Paisley

Two American pieces anchor the MSU Wind Symphony's January 31st concert at the Wharton Center, Aaron Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait' and David Del Tredici's 'In Wartime.' Both of them deal with America during times of turmoil: The Civil War and 9/11.


photo of John and Judy Peakes, his wife.
Meegan Holland

One of Lansing’s most legendary theatrical figures, John Peakes, has died.

Students at the Broad Art Museum
Courtesy photo / Broad Art Museum

MSU’s Broad Art Museum is hosting an exhibition called “Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint” through April 23rd. The project unites Chicago artist Jan Tichy with students from Flint Carmen-Ainsworth and Lansing Everett high schools to explore the Flint water crisis together. WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story.

Image courtesy of Artists International Management

New MSU College of Music Artist-Faculty member Margarita Shevchenko is intricately linked to the works of Frederick Chopin. But in her Absolute Chamber Music concert this Thursday, she adds a complimentary composer.


Courtesy / Grand Rapids Art Museum

500 years of art go on display today at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Chief Curator Ron Platt gives some insight to "Prints and Processes."


Met Opera main character
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro.

Brian Letscher photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Brian Letscher's new play is the dark comedy "Smart Love."


Colin Bell

By the time she was 10, she had already played with the New York Phil and Philadelphia Symphony, AND released her first album. Violinist Sarah Chang is making two Michigan appearances this week; at the Wharton Center in East Lansing on Wednesday, and at Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium.


Romeo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 15, 2017
Met Opera main characters
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects.

Colin Bell

At the age of 9, violinist Sarah Chang played with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, AND recorded her first CD. Now, in her mid-30’s, Sarah Chang has cemented her reputation as an “A-list” violinist. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with her ahead of a couple of Mid-Michigan appearances the virtuoso is scheduled to make this week.


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