Classical music

Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

PROFILES: LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt's music career

Timothy Muffitt leads the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Credit WKAR file photo

Timothy Muffitt has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006. Muffitt has filled those same roles with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 1999.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Symphony in D" to feature the sounds of the Motor City

Composer Tod Macover is writing 'Symphony in D' for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://www.dso.org/

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has launched an ambitious project with composer Tod Machover. He’s been commissioned to write a piece inspired by, and including, the sounds of the Motor City. “Symphony in D” will debut late next year.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Tue December 9, 2014

"William Tell": an opera, not just an overture

Teatre Reggio Turin Orchestra will perform 'William Tell' tonight in Ann Arbor.
Credit Courtesy Teatre Reggio Turin Orchestra

Tonight at 7:30 at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, artists from Teatro Regio Torino perform a concert version of Rossini’s famed opera "William Tell". Music Director Gianandrea Noseda leads the performance, which makes stops in Chicago, Toronto and New York City.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Arts Chorale holiday concert features Dvořák, Rutter

The Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing’s holiday concert is tonight. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. at River Terrace Church on River Terrace Drive in East Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

MSU ensembles swing with Beethoven, Ellington

Credit http://music.msu.edu/

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Wed November 19, 2014

MSU Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte"

MSU professor and opera director Melanie Helton
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Romance, intrigue, deception, and great music. All the ingredients for memorable opera are in the mix in Mozart’s classic,  "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:33 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Nov. 21 | Symphony Orchestra with Jazz Orchestra I on MSU Faculty Recital Series

Credit MSU College of Music

Fri. Nov. 21 8pm - 90.5 WKAR | The best of classical and jazz: Beethoven and Ellington.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri November 14, 2014

GR Symphony accompanies classic Gene Kelly movie

Gene Kelly stars in the classic movie musical 'Singin' in the Rain'. The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will accompany screenings of the film this weekend.
Credit http://grsymphony.org/

Tonight through Sunday, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor come to life on the big screen in the Hollywood classic "Singin' In The Rain". The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to the HD screening at Grand Rapids’ De Vos Theatre.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Violin virtuoso joins Russian symphony for Wharton concert

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com/

This Sunday night at the Wharton Center, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch. The multi-talented Salerno-Sonnenberg has performed with just about every major symphony orchestra on the planet.

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TV Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Carson City-Crystal High School Band on Forte

Director Chad Parmenter and Carson City-Crystal High School Band on Forte.
Credit WKAR-MSU

5:30 p.m. Saturday 11/08/14 on WKAR-HD | Director Chad Parmenter makes a bold move, featuring soloists at state competition.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

LSO concert features dramatic choral music

MSU Director of Choral Programs David Rayl
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday at Wharton Center. The MSU State Singers, University Chorale and Choral Union get involved with this LSO concert.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Williamston High School Band on Forte

Director Lynn Kelsey and Williamston High School Band on Forte.
Credit WKAR-MSU

5:30 p.m. Saturday 11/01/14 on WKAR-HD | A director's unique approach could be the key to top marks in elite state competition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:33 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Oct. 23 | MSU Wind Symphony on MSU Faculty Recital Series

Michael Sachs
Credit Courtesy

Thu. Oct. 23 - 7:30pm on 90.5 FM WKAR | MSU Wind Symphony performs Aaron Jay Kernis's "a Voice, a Messenger" with guest soloist Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kevin Sedatole conducts.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:58 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Holly High School Band on Forte

Director Benjamin Baldwin and Holly High School Band on Forte.
Credit WKAR-MSU

A former marine in his first year as director prepares students for elite competition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

A2SO on 90.5 FM WKAR

Credit courtesy / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Sat. Oct. 18 - noon on 90.5 | The second concert in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's Main Stage series comes to 90.5 Classical this Saturday at noon.  The A2SO's Made In The USA program features works by Bernstein, Barber, Daugherty and Gershwin with violin soloist Joan Kwuon and local ensembles Boychoir of Ann Arbor and Vocal Arts Ensemble.  Arie Lipsky conducts and previews the next broadcast concert of the Main Stage series with WKAR's Peter Whorf.

This special broadcast is available exclusively over-the-air on 90.5 (no online streaming).

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TV Made in Michigan
9:36 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Lowell High School Symphonic Orchestra on Forte

Director Wendy Tenny with Lowell High School Symphonic Orchestra.
Credit WKAR-MSU

Sat. Oct. 18 - 5:30pm WKAR-HD | From a music program only ten years old, today’s students in Lowell High School Symphonic Orchestra compete for top honors at State Festival.

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Music
11:25 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert feature Mendelssohn, Chopin

Pianist Colton Peltier joins the LSO for Saturday's concert.
Credit www.lansingsymphony.org/

The next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert is Saturday night at MSU’s Wharton Center. The concert features Chopin’s first piano and Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony, and a new piece that people may not have heard yet.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:28 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Charlotte High School Symphony Band on Forte

Director Jerry Rose and Charlotte High School Symphony Band on Forte
Credit WKAR-MSU

WATCH NOW | Student musicians strive to maintain a ninety-year legacy of excellence.

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Live on 90.5 Saturday
6:08 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Made in the USA | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra LIVE

Joan Kwuon
Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Sat. Oct. 11 - 8pm 90.5 FM | Live from the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, this concert reflects the many facets of what makes American music American.

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TV Made in Michigan
5:25 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Owosso High School Symphony Band on Forte

WKAR-MSU

Student musicians led by retiring director Carl Knipe compete at State Festival featuring the best of the best. WATCH NOW at video.wkar.org

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Premier string quartet comes to Ann Arbor

The Emerson String Quartet
Credit Courtesy - Lisa Mazzucco

It’s safe to say that the Emerson String Quartet is among the top such ensembles on the planet. In their more than three decades of existence, the Emerson’s  achievements include more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. The Emerson Quartet performs as part of the University Musical Society series at Ann Arbor’s Rackham Auditorium this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Epic MSU Symphony season highlights Mahler, Beethoven

MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe
Credit http://music.msu.edu

Orchestral works of epic proportion dominate this year’s MSU Symphony Series. Mighty Symphonies by Mahler, Beethoven and Prokofiev will be featured on the stage of the Wharton Center as conductor Kevin Noe leads his Michigan State musicians.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Sep. 26 | Noe and MSU Symphony - MSU Faculty Recital Series

Kevin Noe conducts the MSU Symphony Orchestra
Credit courtesy / MSU College of Music

8pm Fri. Sept. 26 on FM 90.5 WKAR

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TV Made in Michigan
10:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Introducing 'Forte' Featuring Area Student Musicians

The new original series from WKAR debuts Oct. 4 with Owosso High School Symphony Band.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

LSO kicks off season with Tchaikovsky

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik performs with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra tonight.
Credit yevgenykutik.com - Corey Hayes

Tonight’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert launches their 85th season. The program includes works by Gandolfi, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.

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NEW SERIES!
5:18 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Beethoven Festival with André Watts | A2SO Live

André Watts
Credit Steve Sherman

8pm Sat. Sept. 13 on 90.5 FM | The debut of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra LIVE from WKAR features piano legend André Watts performing an all-Beethoven program.

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SPECIAL BROADCAST
11:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Resurrection | 90.5 Community Concerts

Kevin Noe conducts the MSU Symphony Orchestra
Credit Becky Shink Photography

Saturday, August 2 at 2pm on 90.5 WKAR | "Resurrection" featured in a special two-hour edition of 90.5 Community Concerts.

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Music
11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

Credit Flickr - Alice Carrier

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra and music director Timothy Muffitt recently announced their 2014-15 season. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Lansing State Journal classical music writer Ken Glickman for a preview.

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Music
12:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

LSO season finale features Brahms

Muffitt says the LSO is proud of their association with the Gilmore competition here in Michigan. It's one of the major piano competitions in the world.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its regular season with an unusual Wednesday night concert tomorrow. It features Brahms’ final symphony, a near-viral modern composition, and a piano concerto played by Andrew Hsu, a Gilmore Young Artist competition winner.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series

Kevin Noe, MSU Director of Orchestras
Credit Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Sat. Apr. 26 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR | Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony and faculty soloist Melanie Helton in Mahler's Symphony No. 2

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