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12:27 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Punk legends unplug for Lansing performance

Glen Matlock, above, the original bassist in the Sex Pistols, will be performing tonight with Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of www.sexpistolsofficial.com

Two legends of punk rock music will be in Lansing for a concert tonight, but rather than screaming electric guitars, the show will be acoustic. The “Punk Goes Acoustic” tour features Sylvain Sylvain, who played guitar in the New York Dolls, and Glen Matlock, who was the original bassist in the Sex Pistols before the infamous Sid Vicious.

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Music
12:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

A preview of summer concerts from mid-Michigan to Interlochen

Interlochen's art camp for grades 3-12 performing over the summer.
Credit Courtesy of www.interlochen.org

As we dream of warm days to come, summer music festivals around Michigan are releasing their summer schedules. Among the performances are the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, Interlochen and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Music
12:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Kalamazoo duo Red Tail Ring

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp comprise the Roots Americana duo Red Tail Ring.
Credit Joe Linstroth / WKAR

Michiganders Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are the duo known as Red Tail Ring.

Last year the "roots/Americana" duo released their third full length studio album, "The Heart's Swift Foot."  They play tonight at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series.

With instruments like the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and even the jawharp, Premo and Beauchamp blend their harmonies into a clean traditional sound.

Red Tail Ring joined us in the studio to talk more about their roots and their writing process.

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Music
12:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers

Musician Vilde Frang
Credit Flickr - Olavsfestdagene

  

From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

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Music
11:44 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Folk artist Tom Chapin on career, musical family

Folk musician Tom Chapin
Credit Courtesy of Abigail Chapin

Folk singer Tom Chapin will be in East Lansing for a couple of performances this weekend. Chapin is the featured artist at this week’s Ten Pound Fiddle concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street in East Lansing. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday. Chapin will also perform at the city of East Lansing’s Children’s Concert Series on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hannah Community Center on Abbot Road.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk'

Credit Courtesy of www.joshwhitejr.com

Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions

Omer Avital will be at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on February 12.
Credit Flickr - asafantman

Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe
Credit www.music.msu.edu

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.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday

MSU assistant professor of musicology Marcie Ray
Credit www.music.msu.edu

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be celebrated tonight at 7:30 at MSU's Fairchild Theatre as the College of Music presents its annual "Happy Birthday Mozart" concert.  Woodwind musicians will perform several of Mozart's chamber works, and faculty vocalists will sing arias from three of Mozart's best known operas: "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Fri January 24, 2014

East Lansing musicians explore ambient sounds

Matt Borghi (left) and Mike Teager
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Playing live all hour on Current State today are Matt Borghi on keyboards and Mike Teager on saxophone. The Lansing duo has a new album of their ambient music out called “Convocation.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Project aims to expand Detroit house concerts

Jeff Karoub
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Dearborn's Jeff Karoub provided Current State's live music in Studio S today. He's a reporter for the AP in Detroit, and a singer-songwriter.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching

Left to right: Bob Lindahl, Jeff Kressler, and John Nichol.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Today’s Michigan Jazz Trail featured players are all music professors at Central Michigan University: Bob Lindahl on trombone, John Nichol on tenor sax, and Jeff Kressler on keys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:11 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites

LSO music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt
Credit Trumpie Photography

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lansing Theatre organ pipes up

Lansing Theater Organ president Scott Smith will provide the musical accompaniment this Sunday to Laurel and Hardy's 1929 film, 'Big Business.' The concert will be at the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country.  Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater.  It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Traveling guitar project picks up Detroit musicians

Greater Alexander performed live in Studio S today. He's one of the musicians in the Acoustic Guitar Project.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The Acoustic Guitar Project is all about trying to create and capture those moments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country?

Eddie Jackson and the Swingsters are seen on the cover of 'Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.'
Credit http://www.press.umich.edu

In the middle of the 20th century, Detroit was home to a thriving country music scene. This little known music history of the Motor City is chronicled in the book “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

MSU Opera presents 'The Magic Flute'

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The Michigan State University Opera Theatre is presenting Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” starting Friday night in the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Coffeehouse at All Saints invites musicians, writers, community

Coffeehouse at All Saints founder Steve Findley (left) with singer-guitarist Jim Jersey.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

MSU violinist performs Vivaldi at Cook Hall

Dmitri Berlinsky
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

MSU Violin Professor Dmitri Berlinsky performs a program of virtuoso violin works this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Fri November 8, 2013

LSO concert features Mozart's 'Requiem'

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt
Credit Trumpie Photography

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor Timothy Muffitt says he’s quite pleased with the lineup.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Brooklyn art pop duo Mahogany has Lansing roots

Mahogany (Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm) performed live on 'Current State'.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

The Brooklyn-based duo Mahogany is in town to play for the Broad Art Museum’s First Anniversary celebration tonight.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Meltwater Movement promotes Michigan musicians

The Bard Owls are one of the Michigan-based music acts promoted by The Meltwater Movement.
Credit http://www.bardowls.com/

The Meltwater Grassroots Movement is a local media group that uses community resources to make Michigan’s music scene more accessible. Through photos, video and audio, artists in the Mitten State are featured on their various social channels with exclusive content unique to The Meltwater Movement brand.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Baldori takes his 'Boogie' to Vladivostok

'Boogie' Bob Baldori (left), with Bob Seeley.
Credit www.boogiestomp.com

A boisterous documentary about boogie woogie music featuring Michigan musicians continues to pick up accolades.  “Boogie Stomp!”, featuring Okemos pianist Bob Baldori and partner Bob Seely, has won awards at preview screenings around the country.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City'

In addition to the artists, 'Detroit Rock City' gives life to the venues that housed these rock legends.
Credit Flickr/kodamakitty

Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.

"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy. 

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7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: BackStage Pass Is Coming!

BackStage Pass is returning for a new recording season, starting off with a three-day concert extravaganza at Hannah Community Center, June 18-20!

We're excited to have a diverse group of bands on stage -- three nights, six bands! And best of all the tickets are free! Just get them online here. Seating is by general admission.

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WKAR Blog
4:30 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Forger Favorites!

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was 90.5 Classical co-host with Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

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Guest Host Shares Picks!
2:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Forger Favorites!

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was 90.5 Classical co-host with Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

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