Music

Romeo and Juliet opera photo
Courtesy photo / Opera Grand Rapids

From Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers to Gounod’s star-crossed opera singers, we meet the Romeo and Juliet of the upcoming production of that classic love story by Opera Grand Rapids.


Beatles exhibit entrance
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Everybody loves The Beatles. This weekend, The Henry Ford opens an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia called "The Magical History Tour."


Kevin Noe photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

MSU College of Music conductor Kevin Noe leads his MSU Symphony and choruses in three masterpieces this weekend.


Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has appointed a new Music Director. We get to know Dr. Matthew Aubin and learn about his connection to the Golden Globe-winning TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.”


Touré has written about music in a notable career that landed him on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee. He’ll be in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Ahead of that appearance, we open a two-part conversation with Touré on the Hall and his most recent book about Prince.


Lisa Kron and Jamie Paisley photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Meet Lansing native Lisa Kron. She is the co-creator of last year’s Tony-winning powerhouse musical, "Fun Home," which is coming to the Wharton Center in 2017.


Chris Zehnder photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Chris Zehnder. The singer-songwriter has a new EP called “Goin’ Through the Motions.” He’s worked extensively with Donny Brown, a former member of The Verve Pipe who has been a previous Live Music Friday guest.

Peter Harper and Will Rideout photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Peter Harper of Harper and Midwest Kind. The band will perform at The Robin Theatre in Lansing Saturday night to release a new CD, “Show Your Love.”


Suren Bagratuni
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

We speak with the MSU Artist-Faculty cellist Suren Bagratuni about the upcoming week-long "Cello Plus" concert series.


Ron Newman photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

MSU Jazz professor Ron Newman showcases the keyboard in an upcoming Fairchild Theatre concert.


Benny Bennack III
Scott Pohl / WKAR

New York City-based trumpeter-singer Benny Benack III is our Live Music Friday guest. He's in town for two shows tonight.

MSU China cultural exchange photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Thirteen students from the China Conservatory of Music are currently in East Lansing to mount an operatic production with their student counterparts from Michigan State. We take you behind the scenes for this landmark tenth year of a unique cultural exchange.


Stefanie Haapala photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Stefanie Haapala performs at The Loft in Lansing tonight to release a new EP called “This Won’t Be The Last Time I Tell You.” She’s our Live Music Friday guest.

Motown the Musical photo
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.


Emily Douglass photo
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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