Classical music

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Gershwin music is the focus of the first Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert of the season Friday. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with conductor Timothy Muffitt and pianist Ralph Votapek about the program.


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The WKAR-TV program "QuizBusters" is taping some special episodes this week. Classical music is the focus of one of the programs pitting teams featuring WKAR-FM music hosts Jody Knol and Jamie Paisley along with others contestants. Current State talks with "QuizBusters" host Matt Ottinger.


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Charlotte High School Symphony Band student musicians strive to maintain a ninety-year legacy of excellence in this mid-Michigan community where band is bigger than football is in Texas.

Owosso High School Symphony Band on Forte

Jul 22, 2015
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Student musicians led by retiring director Carl Knipe compete at State Festival featuring the best of the best. 

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Director Chad Parmenter makes a bold move, selecting pieces for performance at state festival competition that call for solos on flute, saxophone, french horn and percussion. 

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A new CD by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek includes sonatas by Brahms and Reger.


MSU maestro remembers late composer Gunther Schuller

Jun 25, 2015
Kevin Noe
MSU College of Music

Music legend Gunther Schuller died this week. MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe studied under Schuller and offers this remembrance.


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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this Friday at Wharton Center. This concert features music from Stravinsky’s "Firebird" and pieces by Ravel and Rossini. It also features a new piece for piano and orchestra that area audiences haven’t heard yet.

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This Sunday at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, four pianists on four grand pianos will fill the stage with the sounds of  Dvořák, Debussy and much more. It’s the MSU College of Music’s 4th annual "Piano Monster" concert featuring faculty artists Panayis Lyras, Derek Polischuk, Zhihua Tang and piano faculty chair Deborah Moriarty.

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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents its season finale at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium this Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live on WKAR 90.5-FM. The program features works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler.

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Sat. Apr. 25 at 8pm on WKAR 90.5 FM | Your A2SO has become a Mahler specialist, and here is what many believe is his most dynamic symphony containing the poignant and famous Adagietto.

This Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Molly Grove Chapel, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series presents a single work. It’s Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal keyboard composition, “Goldberg Variations”, a one-hour study in melody and invention unsurpassed since its 18th century creation.

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The MSU College of Music’s Cello Plus series returns to Fairchild Theatre this Monday night at 7:30. WKAR will be there with a live broadcast on 90.5 Classical. Cello professor, string department chair and series founder Suren Bagratuni presents four diverse programs over the course of the week.

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The classical concert season is in top gear right now, with old favorites and new music coming to our area this week. Current State's Peter Whorf sat down with the Dali Quartet yesterday to talk about their upcoming performance with the MSU Wind Symphony.  They’ll play Joel Puckett’s work entitled "Short Stories" tonight at the Wharton Center.

Grand Rapids celebrates the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach with its biennial Bach Festival this week at numerous venues throughout the Grand Rapids area.

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