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Holiday Sounds on 90.5 FM

Dec 12, 2017
holiday sounds: silver bell
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Celebrate the holidays with a variety of radio specials! 

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Michigan State University is putting a $1 million gift toward expanding and renovating its music facilities.

Niblock and friends sitting around a microphone
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Wed., Nov. 1 at 8pm on 90.5 FM or LISTEN HERE NOW | Dr. James Niblock, composer, chairman and professor emeritus of the then MSU Department of Music, turns 100 on November 1!

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A concert preview of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Music of the Holocaust” from the MSU College of Music.


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This is the second year of a week long summer program where Michigan State University students mentor young musicians who are on the autism spectrum. 


Mark Hansen

The Spartan Marching Band has a new director. Meet the new guy behind the baton who will lead 300 Spartan musicians: David Thornton during what has turned out to be a very busy summer for a variety of reasons.


Timothy Muffitt photo
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There are 6 concerts in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explored some of the highlights with the LSO’s Maestro Timothy Muffitt.


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Usually, when you go to a concert, the musicians want your eyes on them. But when you go to MSU’s Abrams Planetarium this Thursday, the members of Corna Forza brass ensemble want your eyes to go heavenward.


Jamie Paisley

Many times an orchestra stays together because a conductor is waving his or her baton and keeping everybody together. But what happens when the orchestra can’t see the conductor… or anything at all?
Learn more about the Korean Hearts of Vision Chamber Orchestra.


Jamie Paisley

It is currently ranked as the 8th most performed opera in the world, according to operabase.com and this week, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro walks down the aisle of MSU’s Fairchild Theater.


Image courtesy of Mark Rucker

During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.


Jamie Paisley

Tuesday night, January 31st, the MSU Wind Symphony presents a concert of American composers at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who leads the ensemble about to perform two pieces of music centered on periods of American strife: The Civil War & 9/11.


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.


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New MSU College of Music Artist-Faculty member Margarita Shevchenko is intricately linked to the works of Frederick Chopin. But in her Absolute Chamber Music concert this Thursday, she adds a complimentary composer.


MSU jazz professor playing instrutments
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Sat. Dec. 17 at 8pm on 90.5 FM | LIVE from the Fairchild Theatre! 

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