Classical music

Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Micronotes’, ancient instruments featured in Turkish classical music

Ahmed Erdem (left) playing the Turkish Tanbur, and Murat Tokaç (right) playing the Ney.
Credit Emanuele Berry


A group of musicians from Turkey will be at Kellogg Center tonight. The name of the concert is “Heritage of 1000 Years.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

MSU violinist performs Vivaldi at Cook Hall

Dmitri Berlinsky
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

MSU Violin Professor Dmitri Berlinsky performs a program of virtuoso violin works this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

LSO concert features Mozart's 'Requiem'

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt
Credit Trumpie Photography

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor Timothy Muffitt says he’s quite pleased with the lineup.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan

Neeme Jarvi of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 15 years.
Credit Simon van Boxtel

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra Friday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Three sonatas take center stage at Fairchild Theatre

Cellist Suren Bagratuni won the silver medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory.
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MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni and assistant professor of piano Minsoo Sohn perform tonight at the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre.  WKAR will broadcast the concert live at 7:30.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Fri October 25, 2013

MSU Symphony concert features Beethoven, R.V.W.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe says historically, the Second is probably the least performed of Beethoven's symphonies.
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The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is tonight at Wharton Center. The program begins with Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Current State #171 | October 3, 2013

Today on Current State: count day for public schools; Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps; Voices of Experience with Frank Kelley, Part II; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's second MasterWorks concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Latest LSO performance features all Russian program

Russian composers often use global influences when composing music, such as Spanish in the case of Prokofiev's violin concerto.
Credit Wikimedia Commons


The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s second MasterWorks concert of the season is on Saturday at Wharton Center. It features music of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, and the two violin concertos by Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:41 am
Thu May 9, 2013

LSO wraps up season with Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff

Timothy Muffitt leads the Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Credit Courtest/Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Tonight, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with a program featuring music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Number One. Current State's Melissa Benmark caught up with conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Current State #70 | April 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing police chief retires; folk legend Tom Paxton; Michigan tourism; world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom; and the Lansing Marathon.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Trumpeter Alison Balsom plays Hill Auditorium this weekend

World renowned trumpeter, Alison Balsom said she is looking forward to performing at Hill Auditorium because of the great acoustics it has to offer for her style of music.
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Trumpeter Alison Balsom is one of the world’s premiere performers on the classical stage and on major recording labels.  She comes to Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium Saturday, April 20th. WKAR's Peter Whorf previews her concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni plays live

Suren Bagratuni, a professor of cello with the MSU College of Music, is the organizer of the Cello Plus music festival.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

The 13th annual Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival begins on March 17 at MSU. The festival will feature the music of Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. 

MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni details the line-up and plays live in studio.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:27 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter on life and music

Anne Sophie Mutter performs tonight at 7:30 at Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium.
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Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter is one of the true superstars of classical music. Since her first concerts on the world’s most prestigious stages, Mutter has inspired audiences around the globe with recitals, concerto performances and dozens of recordings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins top national award

The Ann Arbor Pioneer High School performing Saturday prior to being named Grand Champion of the 2013 National Orchestra Festival in Rhode Island.
Credit Courtesy of Daniel Rothchild

The Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Chamber Orchestra was selected as one of 15 orchestras to play at the 2013 National Orchestra Festival Competition held at the American String Teacher’s Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Last week, the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra won first place in the string division and was named Grand Champion of the entire event.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Current State #40 | March 8, 2013

Today on Current State: Gay marriage in Michigan; a debate on the merits of "Common Core" education; MSU men's basketball with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; the new realities of the publishing world; Ann Arbor teen named to inagural Carnegie Hall youth orchestra; MSU hockey playoffs; Interlochen Radio at Elderly Instruments this weekend. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:04 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ann Arbor teen set to join inaugural Carnegie Hall youth orchestra

New York’s Carnegie Hall has launched a new initiative to bring an orchestra of young American musicians to the world stage. The newly-formed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America finished its audition process this month to form an ensemble of 120-strong. The group will meet in New York in June to rehearse selected repertoire.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Current State #35 | March 1, 2013

On today's Current State: Detroit's financial future, a local practitioner of the ancient Japanese art form called mokuhanga, sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, the MSU football program's  legacy of racial integration, Friday fish fries and a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs this weekend

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark talked to Gaber about his composition, and checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt to hear about the rest of the concert.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

LSO Plays Music Of New World

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Conductor Timothy Muffitt.
Credit Courtesy / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview of the concert.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A 'Downton Abbey' music special preview

Credit Richard Munckton

This Sunday night at 9 p.m., WKAR TV presents the two-hour Season Three finale of the hit PBS TV series Downton Abbey. The “Sturm und Drang” of the third season brought us the wedding of Mary and Matthew, the death of Sybil, the near financial ruin of the estate itself and many more joys and heartbreaks. Millions of viewers nationwide will be tuned in to see what this year’s final installment brings and what it may promise for the coming Season Four.

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Music
12:17 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

WKAR’s music team breaks down Classical Music Grammy nominees

The 55th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night at 8pm on CBS. Millions of eyes and ears will be turned to some of the world’s most popular music that evening.

Classical music, as usual, will be somewhat of a sidebar. The classical Grammys are typically announced off-camera in a separate awards ceremony. But the fact remains that the breadth and depth of classical music leads to a large number of categories, nominations and awards.

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Music
11:07 am
Thu February 7, 2013

MSU Symphony Orchestra’s latest program includes Beethoven, Copland

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday, Feb. 8, at the Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the the program, starting with the Beethoven, which has a beginning that almost sounds like an ending.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:45 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Current State #13 | January 30, 2013

Lansing City Council President Carol Wood makes an announcement about her political future on today's show.
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Today on Current State: Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, business start-ups with the NEO Center, serving the local homeless population, and a preview of the BBC's Concert Orchestra performance at the Wharton Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:28 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Current State #10 | January 25, 2013

Chevy featured a revamped version of its classic Impala at this year's Detroit Auto Show
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Today on Current State: Newly elected State Representative Tom Leonard, Prima Civitas' "Young Innovators" competition, the Lansing-made Chevy Traverse at the Detroit Auto Show, and a classical music concert guide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:34 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Dec. 7 | What's New on WKAR

Peter Whorf

2-4pm Friday Dec. 5 on 90.5 WKAR
Lansing Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth orchestra, 'The Goat Rodeo Sessions.'

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:48 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Dec. 5 | Ralph Votapek on MSU Faculty Recital Series

Ralph Votapek at Cook Recital Hall - MSU Faculty Recital Series
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7:30pm Wednesday, December 5 on 90.5 WKAR
The premiere radio broadcast of the MSU Faculty Recital Series features College of Music professor emeritus Ralph Votapek, performing works by Haydn, Schumann, Prokofiev, and Ravel.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rayl To Conduct 'From London To Germany"

David Rayl, Director of Choral Programs at MSU's College of Music.
Credit Courtesy / MSU College of Music

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next concert features a collaboration with choirs from the MSU College of Music.  WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Choral Programs, David Rayl, about the program, which features Brahms' "German Requiem" and Haydn's Symphony No. 104.

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James Forger
11:11 am
Tue October 23, 2012

College of Music Dean James Forger is Guest Host

Michigan State University College of Music Dean James Forger is our guest host on WKAR 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24 at 1:00PM. WKAR station manager Peter Whorf joins Dean Forger for 2 hours of his favorite music from Bach and Rachmaninoff to Joplin and Piazzola. We'll also hear the latest breaking music news from the recently opened Cook Recital Hall and upcoming College of Music faculty and ensemble performances. And we invite you to join the conversation with Dean Forger - live on WKAR - starting at 1:00pm.

NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

MSU Assistant Professor Of Music Prepares For Carnegie Hall Concert

Minsoo Sohn will play Bach's Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall Oct. 6.
Chad Johnston Courtesy photo

Minsoo Sohn’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been described by Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times as “poetic and radiant.”

On Saturday, the MSU College of Music assistant professor will play the Goldberg Variations in a concert at the Zankel Hall inside Carnegie Hall.           

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

LSO Preview: Muffitt Talks About MasterWorks II

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Conductor Timothy Muffitt.
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra plays its second concert of the season over the weekend at Wharton Center. Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the performance, starting with Mendelssohn's Overture, "Fingal's Cave."

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