Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Hansel and Gretel | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 19, 2016
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Enjoy this deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, on The Metropolitan Opera

Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Live Music Friday this week, we’ve invited jazz saxophone star Phil Denny back to Current State for a touch of Christmas as the holiday approaches.


Classical Bells photo
Courtesy photo / Darlene Ebersole

We catch up with Classical Bells artistic director Darlene Ebersole about playing their bells.


Salome | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 14, 2016
Met Opera's main charcters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 17 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. 

Joe Newberry photo
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We talk with singer-guitarist-banjo playing songwriter Joe Newberry ahead of a Tuesday performance at Elderly Instruments in Lansing.


Photo of Jamie Paisley with his Butt-Numb-A-Thon 18 badge
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

He just finished watching movies for 24 hours in one movie theater. We get a rundown of the “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” film festival from Current State’s Jamie Paisley, including how he and his fellow marathoners will be part of next year's “Star Wars Episode 8.”


Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder photo
Joan Marcus

The first national tour of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" comes to the Wharton Center this week. Current State’s Katie Cook talks with Kevin Massey, who plays Monty Navarro in the Tony award-winning musical.


Twyla Birdsong photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong. She’s well known in blues music circles.


Matt Eldred & Zyle Zeuch photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Meet two of the people helping the Lansing Symphony Orchestra this Sunday during their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Wharton Center, the MSU Youth Chorale’s Kyle Zeuch and singer Matt Eldred.


Violist Paul Neubauer photo
Bernard Mindich

Some of the world’s greatest musicians are bringing the best of Johann Sebastian Bach to the Wharton Center. We speak with a member of New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center about Thursday’s concert.


Spartan Agate photo
Courtesy photo

Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


L'Amour de Loin | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 5, 2016
Met Opera's main charcters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 10 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | One of the most discussed, praised, and successful of recent operas, L’Amour de Loin is a seductively beautiful tale of love’s unfathomable nature. 

Monte Pride and Benjy Joung photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Monte Pride is our Live Music Friday artist this week. “Hawthorne Morning Sound” is his first full-length album.


The area around the Frandor shopping center is the site of one of mid-Michigan’s most ambitious redevelopment projects. Part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan would place public art in a re-vamped section of a stormwater drain. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two organizers of the “Art In the Wild” project.


AIDS quilt photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Museum

The entire 48,000-plus panels of the AIDS quilt were last displayed nearly 20 years ago in Washington D.C. On this World AIDS day, the MSU Museum has been loaned a portion of them to display for the next 10 days. We speak with a curator of the Museum about how quilts capture the emotions of an underrepresented population.


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