Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Roxanne Frith

For a decade and a half, the Ten Pound Fiddle organization has been putting on the Midwinter Singing Festival. However, organizer Sally Potter says that for this year’s shindig at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, it’s a bit of a two-for-one deal.


Po-Up Stories microphone photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories will be back with an event in Old Town Lansing this week. Scott Pohl talks with producer Katie Cook about what’s in store.

La Boheme | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 7, 2017
Met Opera main characters
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 14 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Enjoy one of the most passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris in La Bohème.

cellist performing
courtesy / Tanya Ell

Jamie Paisley talks with Okemos native and current Cleveland Orchestra cellist Tanya Ell about her return to Michigan to play with the Lansing Symphony


Terry Johnston | Grand Rapids Symphony

WKAR's Jamie Paisley talks with Marcelo Lehninger about getting to know a new orchestra and the upcoming Brahms/Schumann concert at Royce Auditorium, in the St. Cecilia Music Center


Creative Commons — Dwight Burdette

For three years now, Shelly Smith has been herding cats. She is the Ann Arbor organizer of ‘50 First Jokes,’ which brings 50 fellow comedians onto one stage to tell their first jokes of the new year.

Nabucco | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine.

The Espresso Book Machine
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

There is a café located on the first floor of the Michigan State University Library, it serves the usual goods you’d expect. Light snacks and a few beloved liquid forms of caffeine. But one floor above it, there is an Espresso Machine. It doesn’t make coffee, however. It makes books.


Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza performing
Courtesy / Bob Baldori

Veteran Lansing musician Bob Baldori talks with Mark Bashore about singing cashier Lucas Holliday, 'Boogie Stomp' at the Robin Theatre, and his career with Chuck Berry.

Jane Rose and historic church
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Meridian Historical Village's Jane Rose speaks with Kevin Lavery about the New Year's Eve kick-off of the township's 175th anniversary year.

Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 31 at 1 pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM| James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun.

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. 

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