Classical music

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
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

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
w.r. richards WKAR-MSU

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

An interview with conductor David Rayl.

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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

LSO MasterWorks Season Begins with Votapek Tribute

LSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 2012-2013 season with a celebration of pianist Ralph Votapek. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with LSO music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt about the program.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Muffitt Previews 2012-2013 Lansing Symphony Orchestra Season

Pianist Ralph Votapek, who plays the Lansing Symphony's opening night concert in September.
Courtesy photo

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra played its final concert of the season last week at MSU’s Wharton Center.  Music director Timothy Muffitt took a few minutes to speak with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about the lineup for next season. One of the concerts they talked about was built around the story of composer Antonin Dvorak’s visit to America.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

LSO Preview: MasterWorks 6 Features Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky

LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this week with a rare Thursday night performance. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with music director Timothy Muffitt about the program, which features piano soloist Charlie Albright.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Gregorian To Conduct Final MSU Symphony Concert

Retiring MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian is retiring. He’s led the MSU Symphony for 28 years. He'll soon conduct his last concert with the orchestra at Wharton Center. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him last week, and asked him what music he’d be leading at his farewell concert.

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LIVE WEBCAST
3:37 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Classical Roots - Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Friday, March 16, 10:35am
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Classical Roots

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

LSO Preview: MasterWorks 5

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra plays music of Debussy, Brahms and Strauss for the upcoming MasterWorks 5 concert at Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Lansing Symphony Music Director Timothy Muffitt about the program, starting with the Brahms Piano Concerto #2.

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NewsRoom
12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gregorian previews Shostakovich Seventh

MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian
Courtesy MSU College of Music

The MSU Symphony Orchestra's next concert features the Symphony #7 by Dmitri Shostakovich. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian, about this historical symphony.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

LSO Preview: Masterworks 3

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor, Timothy Muffitt
Lansing Symphony

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt to preview the next MasterWorks concert. They began by talking about "Rounds for String Orchestra" by David Diamond.

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