Classical music

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!

Fidelio | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 27, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Apr. 1 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. 

Jamie Paisley

It is currently ranked as the 8th most performed opera in the world, according to operabase.com and this week, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro walks down the aisle of MSU’s Fairchild Theater.


Idomeneo | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 19, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 25 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. 

Guillaume Tell | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 12, 2017
Met Opera's main charcter on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 18 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Rossini’s epic telling of the William Tell fable returns to the Met stage after an absence of more than 80 years, in a new production by Pierre Audi.

La Traviata | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 9, 2017
Met Opera' main charcters on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Did you know that Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire?! 

Werther | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 26, 2017

Sat. Mar. 4 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio |  One of opera’s greatest depictions of impossible love, Werther is based on Goethe’s epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

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