Classical music

Image courtesy of Mark Rucker

During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.


Rusalka | Meropolitan Opera

Feb 19, 2017
Kristine Opolais underwater playing the role of Mary Zimmerman
Photo by Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 25 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” 

I Puritani | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 12, 2017
Diana Damrau on stage as Rosina
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 18 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | The art of bel canto will take center stage in Bellini’s lyrical jewel. 

Credit: J. Henry Fair — Timothy Muffitt

An extended interview with guitarist Sharon Isbin and Maestro Timothy Muffitt about her upcoming projects, creating unique concert opportunities, and learning more about why Maestro Muffitt chose the pieces he did for the upcoming "From Spain to the Americas" concert February 11th at the Wharton Center.
The original version can be found here.


Carmen | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 5, 2017
A scene from Bizet's Carmen.
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine stars as Bizet’s immortal Gypsy heroine. 

Rigoletto | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 30, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 4 at 1pm  on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960. 

Jamie Paisley

Two American pieces anchor the MSU Wind Symphony's January 31st concert at the Wharton Center, Aaron Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait' and David Del Tredici's 'In Wartime.' Both of them deal with America during times of turmoil: The Civil War and 9/11.


Met Opera main character
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro.

Romeo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 15, 2017
Met Opera main characters
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects.

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.

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


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.

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

Classical Bells photo
Courtesy photo / Darlene Ebersole

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


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