MSU College of Music

Amanda Pinckney, WKAR

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
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

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! 

MSU Faculty Recital Series
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Sat. Dec. 10 at 8pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | MSU Faculty Recital Series presents Handel's Messiah LIVE from Wharton Center.

Elixer of Love rehearsal photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State previews the MSU College of Music’s production of the comedic opera “The Elixir of Love.”


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.

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