Music

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.


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


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

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Jon Whiting

Jazz legend Kenny Barron takes up a week-long residency at MSU, performing and teaching throughout Mid-Michigan. Wel hear him perform and speak with Current State's Scott Pohl.


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East Lansing music producer and engineer Glenn Brown talks about his involvement with a project up for a Grammy award, bassist Marcus Miller’s album “Afrodeezia.”

Portrait: Kevin Noe
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MSU Professor Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony in Gustav Mahler’s "Symphony No. 4" this Friday night. Current State's Peter Whorf previews the concert.


Detroit hip-hop musician combines art and activism

Feb 3, 2016
Sacramento Knoxx
Courtesy photo / Christopher Yepez

Multimedia artist Sacramento Knoxx talks with Current State about how growing up in Detroit influences his art and his activism.


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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

This week's concert features a work by a Pulitzer-Prize winning composer commemorating the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.


Lansing musician Ed Fedewa provides our latest Desert Island Download with a track featuring bassist Scott LeFaro.


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Kent Philharmonic

We’ll head to Grand Rapids to visit a community-based orchestra, who’ll be performing a world premiere tomorrow night. Current State’s Jamie Paisley speaks with the Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic and the Florida-based composer of that world premiere: Trilogy for Organ & Orchestra.

Happy Birthday Mozart! The MSU College of Music celebrates Mozart's 260th tonight at Fairchild Theatre.


Brittany DeYoung photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Brittany DeYoung, the principal harpist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, she’ll perform “The Scottish Fantasy” with the LSO and guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Walter Verdehr photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

More than 40 years and hundreds of recordings later, MSU violinist Walter Verdehr is as busy as ever. Tonight, he performs in the Michigan State University College of Music Artist-Faculty Recital Series.


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