Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Bill Richards / WKAR-MSU

Though they span three centuries, the three composers featured on Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra program speak similar musical languages. WKAR's Peter Whorf and LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt explain...


Cruise ship off of shoreline
Courtesy / Pictured Rocks Cruises

A new quarter commemorates Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

L’Elisir d’Amore | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 4, 2018
Pretty Yende on stage performing
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 10 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The story combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type.

Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

February's 90.5 Classical New Release of the Month transports you to Vienna's famed Musikverein for the New Year's Day 2018 celebration.  WKAR's Peter Whorf brings you Sony Classical's newest from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic.


Il Trovatore | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 28, 2018
Main character Yonghoon Lee as Manrico in Il Trovatore
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 3 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Sir David McVicar’s exhilarating production of Verdi’s thrilling depiction of life on the edge 

Facebook page of Arab American National Museum

A Detroit-area performance of poetry and music by two women of color serves to mark Black History Month and kick off the Arab American National Museum's concert series.

Tosca | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 21, 2018
Set model for new production Tosca
Courtesy / Metropolitan Opera Technical Department

Sat., Jan. 27 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | This new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna.

Thaïs | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 14, 2018

Sat., Jan. 20 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Ailyn Pérez is the alluring courtesan and Gerald Finley is the holy man who tries to resist her powers of seduction in Massenet’s tale of sensuality versus spirituality. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

Theresa Rosado and Diana Rivera photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The art world looks down on paintings on velvet. The images conjured by the phrase “velvet art” might be things like children with big eyes, or Elvis Presley. A Lansing art gallery is challenging the notion that this is low-brow art. Casa de Rosado is hosting an exhibition called “Black Velvet, a Rasquache Aesthetic” through February 3rd.


Warhol's Marilyn image
Courtesy Image

The most iconic name in modern art history might well be that of Andy Warhol. Even casual observers of the art world know about his works depicting soup cans or celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Starting Saturday, the Broad Art Museum on the MSU campus will be the site of an exhibition of works by Warhol. “Andy Warhol: A Day in the Life” can be seen through May 6th.


Detroit Public Television

A Detroit interactive museum dedicated to the achievements of the nation's first black-owned television station will hold its anniversary on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Scene on set from Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Jan. 13 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Roberto Alagna takes on the leading tenor roles in both parts of opera’s most popular double bill.

WKAR's New Release of the Month feature takes over for the long-running What's New in Classical Music show starting this month. 


Mark Kitaoka

Saturday night, the Lansing Symphony welcomes a Lansing-born soloist that nowadays spends his time as the first ever American principle French horn of the Berlin Philharmonic. And when it comes to how David Cooper began his path on the French horn, like many great stories it starts with his grandmother.


Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There's a little bit more dancing in the street at the Motown Museum as officials accept another donation supporting its expansion plans.

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