Classical music

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A new CD by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek includes sonatas by Brahms and Reger.


Kevin Noe
MSU College of Music

Music legend Gunther Schuller died this week. MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe studied under Schuller and offers this remembrance.


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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this Friday at Wharton Center. This concert features music from Stravinsky’s "Firebird" and pieces by Ravel and Rossini. It also features a new piece for piano and orchestra that area audiences haven’t heard yet.

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This Sunday at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, four pianists on four grand pianos will fill the stage with the sounds of  Dvořák, Debussy and much more. It’s the MSU College of Music’s 4th annual "Piano Monster" concert featuring faculty artists Panayis Lyras, Derek Polischuk, Zhihua Tang and piano faculty chair Deborah Moriarty.

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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents its season finale at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium this Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live on WKAR 90.5-FM. The program features works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler.

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Sat. Apr. 25 at 8pm on WKAR 90.5 FM | Your A2SO has become a Mahler specialist, and here is what many believe is his most dynamic symphony containing the poignant and famous Adagietto.

This Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Molly Grove Chapel, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series presents a single work. It’s Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal keyboard composition, “Goldberg Variations”, a one-hour study in melody and invention unsurpassed since its 18th century creation.

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The MSU College of Music’s Cello Plus series returns to Fairchild Theatre this Monday night at 7:30. WKAR will be there with a live broadcast on 90.5 Classical. Cello professor, string department chair and series founder Suren Bagratuni presents four diverse programs over the course of the week.

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The classical concert season is in top gear right now, with old favorites and new music coming to our area this week. Current State's Peter Whorf sat down with the Dali Quartet yesterday to talk about their upcoming performance with the MSU Wind Symphony.  They’ll play Joel Puckett’s work entitled "Short Stories" tonight at the Wharton Center.

Grand Rapids celebrates the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach with its biennial Bach Festival this week at numerous venues throughout the Grand Rapids area.

Absolut Russian | A2SO Live on 90.5 FM

Mar 16, 2015
Group performing
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Sat. March 21 - 8pm 90.5 FM | Live
from the Michigan Theatre, the Ann
Arbor Symphony presents Absolut
Russian
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The next Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series concert from the MSU College of Music happens on Monday. It’s called “Maurice Ravel, Man of Mystery", and features a number of MSU faculty musicians, including the head of the College’s piano area, Deborah Moriarty.

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The Lansing Symphony performs music by Mozart, Elgar and local composer Marjan Helms at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wharton Center. Before the concert, WKAR classical music host Jody Knol will talk with Helms, who’s work “7 Ascents for Flute and Orchestra” will be performed. That PreView conversation is at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the Jackson National Lounge.

portraits of Bagratuni, Votapek
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This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU College of Music’s Cook Recital Hall, cellist Suren Bagratuni and pianist Ralph Votapek collaborate for a performance of four works. The duo will play sonatas by Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms, and variations by Beethoven and Martinu.

portraits of Bagratuni, Votapek
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Thu. March 5 at  7:30pm on 90.5 | Suren Bagratuni, cello, and Ralph Votapek, piano, perform sonatas by Brahms and Britten. Live from Cook Recital Hall on the campus of Michigan State.

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Our Live Music Friday guests today on Current State are the Zodiac Trio: Kliment Krylovskiy on clarinet, Vanessa Mollard on violin, and Riko Higuma on piano. The group is in Lansing to record at the Blue Griffin Recording Studio, and they’ve been playing for us throughout the show today.

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The MSU Concert Band and Concert Orchestra perform tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Wharton Center.

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The MSU Symphony Orchestra and several University choruses are taking on the epic Mahler Third Symphony on Saturday.

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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday week this Saturday at the Michigan Theatre. 90.5FM broadcasts the concert live at 8 pm. The all-Mozart program showcases the great composer’s talent in everything from opera to symphonic form.

GRSO plays Wagner

Jan 27, 2015
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David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra music director, is passionate about the music of Richard Wagner. Wagner’s work is the focus of this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony performance, "Inspired By Wagner".

Mozart Birthday Bash | A2SO Live on 90.5

Jan 27, 2015
Group performing
courtesy / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Sat. Jan. 31 - 8pm 90.5 | Live from the Michigan Theatre, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents the Mozart Birthday Bash.

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An essay that recently appeared in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine asks the question, was Beethoven literally composing "from the heart"? Could some of Beethoven’s rhythmic inspiration come from the arrhythmia of his own heart?

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For those who missed out on Sunday’s Downton Abbey season opener: It’s “advantage Tony” where Mary is concerned; the wily Barrow once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat; and the surprise star of Season 5/Episode 1 was Moseley’s hair. The runaway PBS hit from England continues to captivate US TV audiences.

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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next Masterworks concert is this Saturday at Wharton Center in East Lansing. The program includes works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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