Music

Art Garfunkel photo
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He has one of popular music’s most recognizable voices. Art Garfunkel sang memorable hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ahead of a weekend concert in Jackson.

Jonathan Kirkland photo
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Current State’s Katie Cook speaks with MSU College of Music alum Jonathan Kirkland about what it’s like to play George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."


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


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Wed. Nov. 23 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1  | Discover how distribution formats, from the LP to MP3s, have shaped our experience of music.

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We speak with Dr. Matthew Aubin ahead of his performance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra this weekend with music from Spain. It’s also the second time he’ll be leading the JSO since being named their music director designate.


Abby Wattenberg and Rachel Alexander photo
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The Women in the Arts Festival will be back in East Lansing this weekend. The headlining music show with Dar Williams is already sold out, but there will be a lot more to do. We talk with organizer Abby Wattenberg and musician Rachel Alexander.


Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen
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Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen are here for Live Music Friday. They have a new EP being released tonight called “Michigandering.”


LSO, MSU musicians join forces for Beethoven’s 9th

Nov 3, 2016
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Lansing Symphony

The Lansing Symphony brings one of the most famous pieces of music to the Wharton Center this weekend: Beethoven’s "9th Symphony." We speak with the Maestro ahead of Friday’s performance.


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Alex Mendenall is back to appear on Current State’s Live Music Friday. The singer-guitarist has a new CD called “Into the Hinterland” coming out at a release party in Lansing in November.


Dr. Martin Neary photo
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He sang at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, was watched by billions when he music directed Princess Diana’s funeral, and this weekend, he leads the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. Jamie Paisley talks with Dr. Martin Neary.


Taylor Taylor photo
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We welcome Taylor Taylor back for Live Music Friday. Now studying at Lansing Community College, Taylor has become a fixture on the local music scene. We catch up with her and hear songs from “Right Here,” her latest EP.


This week, the Motown Museum in Detroit announced a $50-million dollar expansion project. We talk with the museum’s Chairwoman and CEO, Robin Terry, about their exciting plans.


The Springtails photo
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“Rain or Shine” is the name of the new album from The Springtails. The husband-and-wife duo of Andy and Julianna Wilson are our Live Music Friday guests this week.

Maestro Jorge Parodi photo
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We take a tango with Maestro Jorge Parodi and the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."


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David James Swanson

Dominic Davis spent years in the Lansing-area performing with roots band Steppin’ In It. Now in Nashville, Davis talks about his appearance this Saturday with Jack White on the relaunch of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.


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