Classical music

Carmen | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 5, 2017
A scene from Bizet's Carmen.
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine stars as Bizet’s immortal Gypsy heroine. 

Rigoletto | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 30, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Feb. 4 at 1pm  on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960. 

Jamie Paisley

Two American pieces anchor the MSU Wind Symphony's January 31st concert at the Wharton Center, Aaron Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait' and David Del Tredici's 'In Wartime.' Both of them deal with America during times of turmoil: The Civil War and 9/11.


Met Opera main character
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro.

Romeo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 15, 2017
Met Opera main characters
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects.

La Boheme | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 7, 2017
Met Opera main characters
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 14 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Enjoy one of the most passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris in La Bohème.

Terry Johnston | Grand Rapids Symphony

WKAR's Jamie Paisley talks with Marcelo Lehninger about getting to know a new orchestra and the upcoming Brahms/Schumann concert at Royce Auditorium, in the St. Cecilia Music Center


Nabucco | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine.

Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 31 at 1 pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM| James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun.

Hansel and Gretel | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 19, 2016
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Enjoy this deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, on The Metropolitan Opera

Classical Bells photo
Courtesy photo / Darlene Ebersole

We catch up with Classical Bells artistic director Darlene Ebersole about playing their bells.


Salome | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 14, 2016
Met Opera's main charcters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 17 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. 

MSU jazz professor playing instrutments
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Sat. Dec. 17 at 8pm on 90.5 FM | LIVE from the Fairchild Theatre! 

MSU Faculty Recital Series
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Sat. Dec. 10 at 8pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | MSU Faculty Recital Series presents Handel's Messiah LIVE from Wharton Center.

Matt Eldred & Zyle Zeuch photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Meet two of the people helping the Lansing Symphony Orchestra this Sunday during their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Wharton Center, the MSU Youth Chorale’s Kyle Zeuch and singer Matt Eldred.


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