Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Michigan State University professor of Cello Suren Bagratuni performs and teaches master classes all over the world.

He also records frequently with producer Sergei Kvitko at Lansing’s Blue Griffin recording studio.

Bagratuni’s latest CD with pianist Jen-Ru Sun, a doctoral graduate from MSU’s College of Music, features selections from Schubert and Schumann.

Bagratuni’s new CD can be found on popular online music sites and at bluegriffin-dot-com.

Producer Sergei Kvitko describes first hearing Suren Bagratuni play as “love at first note”.

Courtesy / MSU Museum

On Sunday (2/5), the Michigan State University Museum opens an exhibit inspired by women who work in construction and the skilled trades.

"On Equal Terms" features mixed media pieces by Susan Eisenberg, a resident artist at Brandeis University.

Eisenberg talked about the exhibit with WKAR's Scott Pohl, starting with a reading from her poem Hanging In, Solo (So What's It Like To Be the Only Female on the Job?).

Gregorian Previews MSU Symphony Concert

Jan 27, 2012
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Leon Gregorian about the next MSU Symphony Orchestra concert, which features a new Tuba Concerto by MSU professor Ron Newman.

LSO Preview: Masterworks 3

Jan 6, 2012
Timothy Muffitt photo
Lansing Symphony

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt to preview the next MasterWorks concert. They began by talking about "Rounds for String Orchestra" by David Diamond.

Photo: Courtesy of Val Berryman

An exhibit by Val Berryman, called “The Art of Christmas," is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum.  Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum.  He’s been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984.  Berryman tells WKAR’s Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection.

Book Traces History of Jacobson's

Dec 15, 2011
Photo: Courtesy of the Ella Sharp Museum

Not too long ago, Michigan had its own department store chain, where shoppers enjoyed a relaxed and elegant atmosphere and friendly customer service.  Jacobson's operated stores in cities all over Michigan for more than a century. 

In East Lansing, the Jacobson’s building on Grand River Avenue is now a Barnes and Noble bookstore. But lots of shoppers remember its department store heritage.

Now, there’s a new book that traces the history of Jacobson’s.  It's called Jacobson's, I Miss it So!

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