Classical music

Maestro Jorge Parodi photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We take a tango with Maestro Jorge Parodi and the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."

Maestro Enrique Diemecke photo
Courtesy photo / Enrique Diemecke

The Flint Symphony Orchestra begins their landmark 100th season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about kicking the celebration off by playing music that appeared on that very first concert a century ago.

Romeo & Juliet| A2SO Live on 90.5 FM

Oct 4, 2016
Courtesy / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Sat. Oct. 8 at 8pm on 90.5 FM | LIVE from the Michigan Theater the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents Romeo & Juliet!

Rachel Brandwein photo
Courtesy photo / Rachel Brandwein

We speak with a harpist who has synesthesia. When Dr. Rachel Brandwein hears music, she sees colors as well.

Courtesy/College of Music

Fri. Sept. 30 at 9pm on 90.5 FM | Live from Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center conductor Kevin Noe presents

MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe previews this Friday’s lineup of 20th century masterworks at the Wharton Center.

Chad Boorsma

This weekend, six principal musicians of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra perform a concert featuring music from the early 20th century collection of French composers nicknamed Les Six. LSO Principal flutist and MSU College of Music Professor Richard Sherman spoke with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about this concert which culminates in all six players combining for the Sextet by Francis Poulenc.

The concert will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25th at 3pm in the Molly Grove Chapel at the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Lansing.

Harpsichord photo
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It’s an ancestor to the piano, and over the past few years it's been making a comeback. Meet the man from the Flint Institute of Music who teaches how to play the harpsichord.

Beaumont Brass photo
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This Sunday night at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a new Spartan sound comes to the stage. The Beaumont Brass and friends unveil “Spartan Fanfare.” Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.

Yafim Bronfman photo
Dario Acosta

The great pianist Yefim Bronfman is making appearances this weekend in Michigan, first with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky on Friday, then on Sunday, a solo piano performance at the Wharton Center. We ask him about maneuvering that split personality.

Parker sitting at piano

Sat. Sep. 10 at 8pm on 90.5 FM | Live from Hill Auditorium, it's opening night for the 2016-17 season of  the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker

Timothy Muffitt photo
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra kicks off their concert season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about the concert.

Derek Polischuk and Melanie Helton photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

The first of this year’s MSU College of Music faculty recitals happens on Wednesday. We learn why soprano Melanie Helton has called her performance “Lover’s Lullaby: A Evening of Excruciatingly Bad Songs.”

Rodney Lontine photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music has a new CEO. We speak with Rodney Lontine about his plans for the venerated institution, as well as the Flint Symphony.

Dr. Christopher Heidenreich photo
Courtesy photo / Washtenaw Community Concert Band

Later this week, the Washtenaw Community Concert Band goes to tinsel town for their next performance. We speak with Dr. Chris Heidenreich about the program, and learn about some of the costume changes he’s had to make in Ann Arbor.