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12:17 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Girl Groups featured at new Motown Museum exhibit

Motown's premiere "girl group," The Supremes, performed at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969.
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the female contribution to the 1960s era. It’s called “Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour,The Glory.” Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember, and one you have probably never heard of.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the exhibit with the president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls.

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Music
11:26 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Ladysmith Black Mambazo still going strong after 50 years

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in South Africa in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala.
Credit Courtesy of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to worldwide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the group's longevity.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Motown Museum Exhibition Features Girl Groups

Allen Rawls is President and CEO of the Motown Museum
Scott Pohl WKAR

At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the "girl groups" of the 1960's. It's called "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory".

Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember…and one you probably never heard of.

The exhibition remembers The Supremes, The Marvelettes, the Vandellas, and a proficient group of background singers known as The Andantes.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming To Wharton Center

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Albert Mazibuko is on the far left.
Credit Luis Leal

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center Wednesday to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to world-wide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke to one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the music his group performs.

An interview with Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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History
12:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Radio legend Mike Whorf on life, love songs

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio.
Credit Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope.  The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

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Music
1:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

MSU jazz professor Rodney Whitaker plays milestone concert Friday

MSU Director of Jazz Studies Rodney Whitaker and the Professors of Jazz play at Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. The concert happens to coincide with Prof. Whitaker's birthday.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with the musician about the milestone performance.

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Music
12:17 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

WKAR’s music team breaks down Classical Music Grammy nominees

The 55th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night at 8pm on CBS. Millions of eyes and ears will be turned to some of the world’s most popular music that evening.

Classical music, as usual, will be somewhat of a sidebar. The classical Grammys are typically announced off-camera in a separate awards ceremony. But the fact remains that the breadth and depth of classical music leads to a large number of categories, nominations and awards.

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Music
11:07 am
Thu February 7, 2013

MSU Symphony Orchestra’s latest program includes Beethoven, Copland

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday, Feb. 8, at the Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the the program, starting with the Beethoven, which has a beginning that almost sounds like an ending.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Current State #5 | January 18, 2013

The Dream Act is a part of what many are proposing as part of comprehensive immigration reform.
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

On today's Current State:  Local efforts for immigration reform, Michigan prison breakouts, a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the hometown competitors in this weekend's U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Steve Martin Brings The Steep Canyon Rangers To Wharton Center

The Steep Canyon Rangers, with Steve Martin, bring bluegrass to MSU's Wharton Center Nov. 4
Credit Courtesy Photo/Steep Canyon Rangers
  • WKAR's Scott Pohl talked with Charles R. Humphrey III of The Steep Canyon Rangers

Actor-comedian Steve Martin also plays the banjo. He’ll play with the Steep Canyon Rangers Sunday night at MSU.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

MSU College Of Music Opens Cook Recital Hall

The Cook Recital Hall in the Michigan State University Music Building
Courtesy Photo/MSU College of Music

On Sunday, the Michigan State University College of Music lets the general public in on a huge project to improve the Music Building Auditorium.

Now known as the Cook Recital Hall in honor of benefactors Dee and Byron Cook, the performance space has been upgraded for both acoustics and comfort.

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NewsRoom
4:53 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Peter Yarrow Speaks on Folk and Friendliness

Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers and Paul Stookey formed Peter, Paul and Mary in 1961. Yarrow will perform Sunday night at The Ark in Ann Arbor.
brizzle born and bred/flickr

Mid-Michigan has a strong folk music tradition.  The annual Great Lakes Folk Festival held in East Lansing each August has attracted international attention, and you can hear folk music on 90.5 FM WKAR every Sunday night.

One of the genre's most famous performers will appear in Ann Arbor on Sunday.  Peter Yarrow formed the folk super group Peter, Paul and Mary with fellow singers Paul Stookey and Mary Travers in 1961.  Their music was part of the soundtrack of the civil rights era.

WKAR's Kevin Lavery asked Peter Yarrow about the current state of folk music.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

GLFF To Honor Bluesman Johnnie Bassett

Michigan Heritage Award winner Johnnie Bassett
Ronald Eggleston

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is getting under way in East Lansing, with the music, dance, and cultural activities that have been a such an essential part of summer in mid-Michigan for 11 years. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark has the story of one of the Festival’s Heritage Award Winners.

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WKAR Blog
2:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Classical Tuesdays with 90.5 Community Concerts

Jody Knol

The fifth season of 90.5 Community Concerts airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR. Hosted by Jody Knol, the series highlights performances by area orchestras and soloists. It is also streamed on 90.5 WKAR and on WKAR Classical on WKAR.org and repeated on the WKAR Classical stream Saturday at 6 p.m. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Renowned Violinist to Perform at MSU's Wharton Center

Violinist Joshua Bell is the music director of the London-based Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He and the academy will perform at Michigan State University's Wharton Center this Saturday.
Courtesy Lisa Marie Mazzucco

One of classical music’s most famous contemporary musicians is coming to East Lansing.  Last May, violinist Joshua Bell was named to succeed Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields.  Bell and the academy will perform at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center this Saturday on one leg of their first tour together.

WKAR’s Jody Knol recently spoke with Joshua Bell and reminded him of the lengths he went to in order to make his last concert at Wharton Center back in the winter of 2009.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:07 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Shine On | BackStage Pass

Highlights from the third season.  Premiere Thu. Apr 19 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | Sat. Apr 21 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Apr 21 at 11p on WKAR HD/23 | VIEW IT ONLINE NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Larry McCray | BackStage Pass

The soulful blues guitar powerhouse from Saginaw comes to BackStage Pass.
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airs Thu. Mar 29 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | Sat. Mar 31 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Mar 31 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

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TV Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Thu March 15, 2012

MSU College of Music | BackStage Pass

An evening of chamber music from Mozart and Faure.
First aired 3/22/12

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NewsRoom
12:01 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Lansing Symphony to play MasterWorks IV

MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder
Courtesy MSU College of Music

WKAR's Melissa Benmark talks with Lansing Symphony Orchestra music director Timothy Muffitt and MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder about the next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert. Sinder is the soloist in a Tuba Concerto by TV and film composer, Bruce Broughton.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Lash | BackStage Pass

Matt Hallowell WKAR

Celtic-American mash-up from a Michigan favorite.
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TV Made in Michigan
12:11 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Seeley and Baldori | BackStage Pass

Seeley and Baldori on BackStage Pass
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Dueling piano boogie from Michigan rock and blues legends.
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TV Made in Michigan
9:53 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Orrick Ewing | BackStage Pass

Orrick Ewing on BackStage Pass
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Watch it online now.
Crunching funk and smooth jazz from Grammy-honored Lansing bassist.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Seth and May | BackStage Pass

Seth and May
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Uplifting folk/pop songs with a message from award-winning northern Michigan duo.

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NewsRoom
12:01 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Gregorian Previews MSU Symphony Concert

MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian.
Courtesy MSU College of Music

WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Leon Gregorian about the next MSU Symphony Orchestra concert, which features a new Tuba Concerto by MSU professor Ron Newman.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Rusty Wright Band | BackStage Pass

The Rusty Wright Band
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Blues rock from Flint, Michigan, featuring slide-guitar master Rusty Wright.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

The Chenille Sisters | BackStage Pass

The Chenille Sisters
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Folk, jazz and humor from iconic Ann Arbor trio.

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TV Made in Michigan
7:00 pm
Sun November 27, 2011

Last Home Game | Beneath the Pines

As the season comes to an end, we spend time with the Trombone section and learn about the importance of the Alma Mater. Includes the entire half-time performance from the MSU vs. Indiana game.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Sun November 20, 2011

Les Miserables | Beneath the Pines

Includes the entire "Les Miserables" half-time performance from the MSU vs. Minnesota game.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Sun November 6, 2011

Classic 70s Rock | Beneath the Pines

The famous MSU Drumline is featured for an inside look at the precision necessary to be one of the premiere groups in the country. Includes the entire "Classic 70s Rock" half-time performance from the MSU vs. Michigan game.

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TV Made in Michigan
7:00 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

Divas | Beneath the Pines

Members of the mellophone and baritone sections talk about the importance of the uniform and offer insight on appropriate hair styling. Includes the entire "Divas" half-time performance from the MSU vs. Central Michigan game.

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