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11:47 am
Mon April 20, 2015

MSU linebacker Riley Bullough dreams of a country music career

MSU linebacker Riley Bullough plays guitar, sings and writes music in his East Lansing apartment.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

One of the rising stars of the MSU football team is junior linebacker Riley Bullough. His football pedigree is well known: his grandfather Hank Bullough played at MSU in the 50s; his father, Shane, was a Spartan in the 80s; his brother Max was here through the 2013 season, and another brother, Byron, is a redshirt freshman at MSU. Beyond that, his other grandfather, Jim Morse, played at Notre Dame, and three uncles also played college football.

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Arts & Culture
11:37 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Lansing Trio re-imagines Bach masterpiece

Tigran Shiganyan

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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12:43 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

MSU Cello Plus series combines music and film

Suren Bagratuni
Credit WKAR file photo

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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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri March 27, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Abbey Hoffman

Abbey Hoffman performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is singer-guitarist-songwriter Abbey Hoffman. If you were listening a couple of weeks ago when Donny Brown was our Live Music Friday guest, Abbey was here to accompany him. She’s here today as a solo artist. She’s released a solo album called “This Too Shall Pass”.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Steppin’ In It frontman Joshua Davis steps out on “The Voice”

Joshua Davis of the band Steppin' In It is a contestant this season on NBC's 'The Voice'.
Credit joshuadavismusic.com

One of Lansing’s top bands in recent years has been Steppin’ In It. For a long time, they played a weekly gig at The Green Door. Now, fans are following the exploits of singer Joshua Davis. He’s competing on NBC’s “The Voice” this season.

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11:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

MSU Opera director preview's Handel's "Xerxes"

Melanie Helton is directing the MSU Opera production of Handel's 'Xerxes'.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

George Frederic Handel's opera "Xerxes" comes to the Fairchild Theatre stage this week. The MSU College of Music opens the production tomorrow night, with additional performances Friday through Sunday.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Randy Napoleon

Randy Napoleon plays guitar with drummer Nick Bracewell and bassist Joe Vasquez live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is guitarist Randy Napoleon. He’s recorded a couple of CD’s, “Between Friends” and “The Jukebox Crowd”, he’s played on dozens of other recordings and has toured extensively, notably with Freddy Cole.

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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Classical music schedule includes Ann Arbor Symphony, Dali Quartet

The Dali Quartet
Credit http://www.daliquartet.com/

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Grand Rapids celebrates Bach in bars and cathedrals

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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Music
1:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Donny Brown

Donny Brown, former drummer for the Verve Pipe, in Studio S. Accompanied by Abbey Hoffman on vocals and Kay Rinker O'Neil on flute and vocals.
Credit WKAR/April Van Buren

 

   One of Michigan’s top recording and touring acts over the last 20 years was The Verve Pipe. Their highest charting single was “The Freshman”, which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. record charts in 1996.  The drummer in those days was Donny Brown. Now, Donny's stepped out from behind the drum set and taken up the guitar for his solo act. His new E.P. “Hess Street”, which was named after the Saginaw street he grew up on, came out late last year. 

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Thu March 12, 2015

MSU music faculty to revel in Ravel

Deborah Moriarty
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The next Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series concert from the MSU College of Music happens on Monday. It’s called “Maurice Ravel, Man of Mystery", and features a number of MSU faculty musicians, including the head of the College’s piano area, Deborah Moriarty.

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11:22 am
Wed March 11, 2015

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ’s Anne Erickson on Joshua Davis, March concerts

Joshua Davis lives in Traverse City now, but Lansing fans remember him from his time with the band Steppin' In It. Davis is competing on NBC's 'The Voice'.
Credit joshuadavismusic.com

It’s time for our monthly look at the Michigan music scene. Current State’s Scott Pohl is back with Lansing State Journal Things to Do reporter and music columnist Anne Erickson about concerts around the state including Maroon 5 and Heart.

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Hatchet Man and The Frog

Hatchet Man is Dave Matchette (right), and Frog is S.J. Forgey.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests today are Hatchet Man and the Frog. Hatchet Man is Dave Matchette, and the Frog is S.J. Forgey. You know them from their local bands Frog and the Beeftones and The Uptown Band. Both of them work at Elderly Instruments in Lansing.

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11:58 am
Thu March 5, 2015

LSO concert debuts new work by local composer

LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt. The 'Masterworks 5: Enigma Variations' concert with guest artist Richard Sherman on flute is at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Cobb Great Hall of MSU's Wharton Center.
Credit Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony performs music by Mozart, Elgar and local composer Marjan Helms at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wharton Center. Before the concert, WKAR classical music host Jody Knol will talk with Helms, who’s work “7 Ascents for Flute and Orchestra” will be performed. That PreView conversation is at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the Jackson National Lounge.

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11:36 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NYC jazz guitarist teaches, performs at MSU

Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

The MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program with the MSU College of Music has another feature artist working with students on campus this week. Current State talks with guitarist Peter Bernstein of New York City.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri February 27, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: The Zodiac Trio

The Zodiac Trio performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests today on Current State are the Zodiac Trio: Kliment Krylovskiy on clarinet, Vanessa Mollard on violin, and Riko Higuma on piano. The group is in Lansing to record at the Blue Griffin Recording Studio, and they’ve been playing for us throughout the show today.

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11:43 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Bassist Whitaker leads Professors of Jazz performance

Rodney Whitaker is director of Jazz Studies at MSU’s College of Music.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Rodney Whitaker is professor of double bass and director of Jazz Studies at MSU’s College of Music. He’ll lead the Professors of Jazz in an 8 p.m. performance tonight at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall. Current State's Peter Whorf got together with Whitaker this week to talk about Friday’s performance and some other jazz events in the coming months.

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11:12 am
Thu February 12, 2015

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on Lord Huron, Grammys, upcoming concerts

Okemos native Ben Schneider (second from left) leads Lord Huron.
Credit Josh Sanseri

Every month here on Current State, we get an update on the Michigan music scene, with the latest news on upcoming releases and concerts. Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with Lansing State Journal Things To Do reporter and music columnist Anne Erickson about the upcoming release of the second Lord Huron album, Beck's surprise Album of the Year Grammy Award, and the big Michigan concerts for January.

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11:13 am
Tue February 10, 2015

"Okemos Brewing Company" serves up classic rock online

Dan Kelley, whose Okemos Brewing Company online radio program offers 'handcrafted quality rock 24/7'.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Radio has many attractive qualities: its immediacy, its scope, its personal touch. Others in our profession feel that way, too, and some have even made that passion their hobby. Dan Kelley, technology manager with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, is one of those people.

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11:10 am
Mon February 9, 2015

MSU composers draw inspiration from local poets

Philip Rice (center) and Cindy Hunter Morgan (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Plenty of musicians have drawn inspiration from famous poems. “Golden Slumbers” by the Beatles, for example, was based on a lullaby by Elizabethan poet Thomas Dekker. But while lots of musicians have been inspired by writers like Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson, they probably never got a chance to actually talk to them. A new collaboration between the Center for Poetry at MSU and the MSU College of Music is giving musicians a chance to actually interact with their poetic muses.

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Music
11:54 am
Fri February 6, 2015

MSU Symphony takes on epic Mahler Third

MSU director of orchestras Kevin Noe brought the hefty Mahler Third score to WKAR.
Credit Melissa Benmark/WKAR

The MSU Symphony Orchestra and several University choruses are taking on the epic Mahler Third Symphony on Saturday.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri February 6, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Betty Joplin

Betty Joplin at the piano in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

On Sunday, the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan will hold its sixth annual JAMM Tribute Concert. This year’s honoree is Grammy-award nominated singer Betty Joplin. The show is from 3 to 6 p.m. at Troppo in Lansing, and it is sold out.

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11:29 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Singer-songwriter John Gorka brings road, studio experiences to EL

John Gorka's Ten Pound Fiddle concert is Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing, starting at 8 p.m.
Credit http://johngorka.com/

The next guest at East Lansing’s Ten Pound Fiddle is well-loved singer-songwriter John Gorka. He’ll be performing this Friday night.

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11:17 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Headphones reveal hidden gems in Beatles songs

There are hundreds of books about the Beatles, but a Michigan author has published a new book that’s different from all the rest. In its pages, you’ll discover the tiniest of audio treats you’ve never heard before, no matter how many times you’ve heard these classic rock songs.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Sally Potter

Sally Potter performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Today’s Live Music Friday guest on Current State is Sally Potter, a well known folk musician and promoter in mid-Michigan. Sally has the big job of scheduling all of the acts that come to town for Ten Pound Fiddle concerts most Friday evenings.

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11:28 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Ann Arbor Symphony celebrates Mozart's birthday

Jeanette Vecchione and Timothy Michling will be featured in Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert.
Credit http://www.a2so.com/

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday week this Saturday at the Michigan Theatre. 90.5FM broadcasts the concert live at 8 pm. The all-Mozart program showcases the great composer’s talent in everything from opera to symphonic form.

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11:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

GRSO plays Wagner

David Lockington leads the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://grsymphony.org/

David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra music director, is passionate about the music of Richard Wagner. Wagner’s work is the focus of this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony performance, "Inspired By Wagner".

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Music
11:54 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Essay ponders role of Beethoven’s heart in his music

Did an arrhythmia influence the works of Beethoven?
Credit Flickr - Eric E Castro

An essay that recently appeared in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine asks the question, was Beethoven literally composing "from the heart"? Could some of Beethoven’s rhythmic inspiration come from the arrhythmia of his own heart?

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11:56 am
Mon January 12, 2015

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: Lansing City Council Vice President Judi Brown Clark

Today, we’re feature another Current State “Desert Island Download.”  It’s a chance for music lovers in the Lansing area to talk about a piece of recorded music they consider indispensable, music they’d want with them on the proverbial "desert island".

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri January 9, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Chris Rollins | WKAR

Chris Rollins (left) and Lauren Lancaster performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s a Live Music Friday again here on Current State, and today, our guest is guitarist Chris Rollins. He’s one of many music instructors and music students who will be at an open house at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Music School of Music in Lansing.

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