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Chad Boorsma

This weekend, six principal musicians of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra perform a concert featuring music from the early 20th century collection of French composers nicknamed Les Six. LSO Principal flutist and MSU College of Music Professor Richard Sherman spoke with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about this concert which culminates in all six players combining for the Sextet by Francis Poulenc.

The concert will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25th at 3pm in the Molly Grove Chapel at the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Lansing.

LSO celebrates American composers in Saturday concert

Nov 5, 2015
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Current State brings you a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert, which features an all American cast of composers.

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Case Western Reserve University

What makes cartoon music so funny? We ask musicologist Daniel Goldmark about the history of music for cartoons ahead of his visit to the MSU College of Music. 

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MSU College of Music

Current State talks to Professor Joseph Lulloff, the saxophonist who kicks off MSU’s Faculty-Artist Recital series this week.

The MSU College of Music presents its third annual "Latin IS America" series through May 2nd at various campus venues. Artistic director and associate professor of music Ricardo Lorenz oversees the festival.

The MSU Concert Band and Concert Orchestra perform tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Wharton Center.

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The second MSU "Latin IS America" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts.

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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.

MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms.

Feb 5, 2014

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.”

MSU musician builds greener instrument

Jan 30, 2014
Gabriela Saldivia/The Michigandered Marimba

When we think about our carbon footprint, we often look at things like our car’s gas mileage, our home’s energy usage, and how far our food had to travel to get to the plate. Rarely mentioned in a discussion about carbon footprints, however, are musical instruments.

Three sonatas take center stage at Fairchild Theatre

Nov 4, 2013

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.

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

Oct 25, 2013
Kevin Noe
MSU College of Music

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is tonight at Wharton Center. The program begins with Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

7:30pm Monday Oct. 28 LIVE on 90.5 FM | Both wonderful and marvelous -- the music of George Gershwin runs the gamut from the folk opera Porgy and Bess to the classic Rhapsody in Blue. Live from the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre at Michigan State.

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The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month.  We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.

And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute). 


An artistic exploration of interwoven Latin American and U.S. cultures will take place on the MSU campus from today through April 27 as part of the first Latin IS America Festival coordinated through the MSU College of Music. Tonight, the festival will showcase steel drum music at the MSU Community Music School.