Music

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Courtesy photo / Wharton Center

The Motown sound is the star of "Motown the Musical" this week at the Wharton Center. We talk with Jesse Nager, who stars as Smokey Robinson.


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Courtesy photo / Jackson Symphony Orchestra

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra will bring some of the greatest hits from opera to this weekend's concert at the Potter Center. We speak with Maestro Stephen Osmond about the program.


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Courtesy photo / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Current State talks with Arie Lipsky of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra about their Saturday concert.

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Courtesy photo / Clint Black

Clint Black has sold 20 million albums, and he’s on tour to support his latest, “On Purpose.” Scott Pohl talks with the country music superstar as he heads to Battle Creek for a show on Friday.


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Courtesy photo / Brian Roth

You may not know his name, but you’ve probably heard his music. Michigan native Brian Roth made his career in L.A. composing TV and film scores for the likes of ABC and filmmaker Ken Burns. Now, he's back home and giving back to budding young musicians. Kevin Lavery visits the Roth Academy of Music in Grand Ledge.


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A television show produced by WKAR-TV was the first exposure piano professor Deborah Moriarty ever had to Michigan State University. Current State talks with the Massachusetts native about the impression the program made on her.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

May Erlewine is Current State's Live Music Friday guest. The singer-songwriter has a concert at Lansing’s Robin Theatre with guitarist Phil Barry at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Timothy Muffitt is bringing some "Mozart Mania" to the Lansing Symphony this weekend. We speak with the LSO’s music director about Saturday’s concert, which is designed to show off the various instrument families of the orchestra.


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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

Genadi Zagor is a new professor this year at the MSU College of Music. We speak with the pianist ahead of his appearance in Old Town Lansing as part of the Absolute Chamber Music series, playing music by Robert Schumann.


Chris Buhalis photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Chris Buhalis is our Live Music Friday guest today. He’ll release his new CD “Big Car Town” with a concert at The Ark in Ann Arbor on March 11th.


It’s the week of the Academy Awards and we’ll try to help you get a leg up on your office Oscar pool with WKAR’s afternoon classical music host Jamie Paisley about the five Best Score nominees, including the 50th Oscar nomination for John Williams.


Stan and Ben photo
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Fresh off their appearance at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, our Live Music Friday guests are the duo of Stan and Ben. Stan Budzynski and Ben Hall perform and discuss their time in Memphis.

This weekend, the Lansing Symphony becomes a Broadway band. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt, as well as Flint native & American Idol contestant, LaKisha Jones about Saturday’s “Broadway Rocks” concert.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

“The Threepenny Opera” is coming to Lansing Community College this weekend. Scott Pohl previews this production of the musical.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan singer-songwriter Evangeline sings some Valentine's love songs on Current State's Live Music Friday. 

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