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Emily Douglass photo
Courtesy photo / Jackson Symphony Orchestra

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra will bring some of the greatest hits from opera to this weekend's concert at the Potter Center. We speak with Maestro Stephen Osmond about the program.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Timothy Muffitt is bringing some "Mozart Mania" to the Lansing Symphony this weekend. We speak with the LSO’s music director about Saturday’s concert, which is designed to show off the various instrument families of the orchestra.


Portrait: Kevin Noe
Melissa Ingells / WKAR

MSU Professor Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony in Gustav Mahler’s "Symphony No. 4" this Friday night. Current State's Peter Whorf previews the concert.


Happy Birthday Mozart! The MSU College of Music celebrates Mozart's 260th tonight at Fairchild Theatre.


This weekend, the MSU College of Music presents Handel’s "Messiah." We speak with conductor David Rayl about the difficulties of leading 200 singers and the timelessness of Handel’s masterwork.


Rune Bergmann photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

After the difficult reporting from Europe and the Middle East this week, the Grand Rapids Symphony takes some time to heal in a performance of the Brahms "German Requiem." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with Rune Bergmann, who will lead the program.


Room with a View set photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

You may know the 1985 Merchant-Ivory film “A Room with a View,” but later this week the MSU Opera Theater will open their season with an English-language opera based on the beloved E.M. Forster novel. We speak with the MSU opera’s director and cast.


MSU’s "Home for the Holidays" concert comes to the Wharton Center stage this Saturday at 4 p.m. Kevin Noe and Kieran McMillan are the creators of the production, based on last year’s successful program.

MSU ensembles swing with Beethoven, Ellington

Nov 21, 2014
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The MSU Symphony Orchestra and MSU Jazz Orchestra I are joining forces for a concert tonight at Wharton Center. It’s an Ellington and Beethoven concert, a meeting of the great composers.

Kevin Noe with Orchestra
courtesy / MSU College of Music

8pm Fri. Sept. 26 on FM 90.5 WKAR

Courtesy Lisa Marie Mazzucco

One of classical music’s most famous contemporary musicians is coming to East Lansing.  Last May, violinist Joshua Bell was named to succeed Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.  Bell and the academy will perform at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center this Saturday on one leg of their first tour together.

WKAR’s Jody Knol recently spoke with Joshua Bell and reminded him of the lengths he went to in order to make his last concert at Wharton Center back in the winter of 2009.

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.