Classical music

with violin on sofa
Courtesy / James Ehnes

FRI MAY 26 at 10:45AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Virtuosic Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns in the first Detroit performances of a concerto by celebrated orchestral and film composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games series), and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Rachmaninoff's romantic Second Symphony.

violinist performing
Simon Fowler

FRI JUNE 2 at 10:45 AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Having just performed its debut with the London Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim, guest conductor James Gaffigan and violin sensation Nicola Benedetti present a new concerto by jazz phenom Wynton Marsalis! The DSO's incredible 2016-17 Season then comes to a celebratory finale with Tchaikovsky's majestic Fifth Symphony.

Jamie Paisley

This Saturday, they officially turn 100 years old. The Flint Symphony Orchestra’s landmark 100th season comes to a close and WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Flint to speak with the Maestro who’s led them to the century mark.


Der Rosenkavalier | Metropolitan Opera

May 8, 2017
Erin Morley  and Günther Groissböck on stage
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

May 13 at 1pm on 90.5 WKAR Radio | The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. 

Verdi: Viva L’Italia | A2SO

May 5, 2017
Italy: Colosseum
Courtesy / A2SO

Sun. May 7 at 4pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | LIVE from the Hill Auditorium | All aboard for your Grand Tour to Italy with A2SO, filled with the most melodic operatic choruses of all time.

Cyrano de Bergerac | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 30, 2017
Jennifer Rowley and Roberto Alagna on stage
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

May 6 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR RADIO | The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane.

Jamie Paisley

After 40 years, a mid-Michigan Maestro is calling it quits this weekend after one final bow Saturday night. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley attended one of their final rehearsals together.


Jamie Paisley

This Friday, the Meridian Community Band will play a concert of All-American composers. One of those composers, will be playing in the percussion section, after he’s finished going to High School in DeWitt. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley got to meet a remarkable 16 year old yesterday: Ancel Neeley, but everybody calls him 'Fitz.'


Met Opera: Michael Volle in brown suit
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Apr. 29 at 1pm on 90.5. FM WKAR Radio |  Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. 

Jamie Paisley

The Grand Rapids Symphony is prepraring a concert by two L.B.s: Leonard Bernstein & Ludwig van Beethoven. Attend a rehearsal and hear the "Ode to Joy, Version 1.0"


Jamie Paisley

Part two highlighting some of the visiting artists and lectures coming to East Lansing as part of the just-announced 2017-18 season of the Wharton Center.


Eugene Onegin | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 17, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. April 22 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein in Eugene Onegin. 

Romeo et Juliette | Great Performances

Apr 13, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Courtesy of Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Fri. April 14 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Relish Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau in Bartlett Sher’s staging of Gounod’s opera.

Aida | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 9, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Sat. Apr. 15 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. 

Tristan and Isolde | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 3, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Apr. 8 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Tristan und Isolde continues the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński!

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