Classical music

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

LSO concert features dramatic choral music

MSU Director of Choral Programs David Rayl

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.

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.

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.

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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11:25 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert feature Mendelssohn, Chopin

Pianist Colton Peltier joins the LSO for Saturday's concert.

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

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


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

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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

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 - 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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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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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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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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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.
Credit Flickr - texasgurl

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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11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms

90.5 Classical will broadcast Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert live at 8 p.m.
Credit Ann Arbor YSO / flickr

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Brahms Festival Live Concert Special - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Michigan Theatre

Sat. Apr. 12 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra live from the Michigan Theatre.

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11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU

La Boheme opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Andrea Puggioni

MSU Opera Theater perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with director Melanie Helton and music director Daniel Beckwith, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances.

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12:11 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein

In Bernstein's 'Symphonic Dances from West Side Story', the composer sought to remove the pieces from the pit orchestra setting.
Credit Flickr - Greater Lansing Convention & Visitor's Bureau

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. It features music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.

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12:44 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Director of noted English choir leads Grand Rapids ensemble

Andrew Nethsingha of the St. John’s College Choir at Cambridge University is helping the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys prepare for two weekend concerts.
Credit Courtesy/Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys

An unusual choir of men and boys based in Grand Rapids will present a Lenten season program this Friday and Saturday at St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:49 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mar. 17 | Cello Plus: Russian Gems - MSU Faculty Recital Series

Mon., March 17, 7:30 pm on 90.5 FM |  MSU College of Music presents "Russian Gems" as part of the Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:14 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Primarily Piano | March 2014

In March, Primarily Piano features five superstars of the keyboard. Solo piano music, chamber groups and concerto performances are all part of five recent releases by masters of the instrument featured this month.
Saturdays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR.

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2:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Votapeks reunite for Lansing Catholic benefit

Ralph Votapek
Credit Christian Steiner


Current State is pleased to welcome Michigan State University music professor emeritus Ralph Votapek to provide today's live music.

Votapek’s daughter Kathryn is a violinist on the faculty at the University of Michigan and associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. The Votapeks will play a benefit concert for Lansing Catholic High School on March 9th.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Micah Ling to juggle cello, banjo and vocals on debut album

Micah Ling is a member of the Earthwork Music collective based in Wyoming, Michigan.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Our featured musician this Friday is Micah Ling. This week, the Grand Rapids native and MSU grad surpassed her goal on Kickstarter to produce her debut solo album. She plays some the songs that will be featured on the new album and discusses her love for Old Time music. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features the fourth and last symphony of Brahms, and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

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