Music

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.


Glenn Frey photo
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In the 70’s, the Eagles picked up the California sound where the Beach Boys left off. Their co-founder, the late Glenn Frey, was a transplant from Detroit. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Detroit News music contributor Susan Whitall about Frey’s Michigan roots.


Rachel Barton Pine photo
Courtesy photo / Rachel Barton Pine

It’s time for the Lansing Symphony’s first concert of 2016, and Maestro Timothy Muffitt welcomes violinist Rachel Barton Pine to the Wharton Center. We talk with her about her violin that’s older than America, as well as find out what happens when a classical composer tries to assassinate someone.


Billy Strings and Don Julin
Courtesy photo / http://www.billystrings.com/

The duo of Don Julin and Billy Strings will play a Ten Pound Fiddle concert in East Lansing Friday night. Current State's Katie Cook talks with Julin for a preview of the show.


Beaumont Tower winter photo
Michigan State University photo

We go to the top of MSU’s Beaumont Tower and explore the bells which have been chiming out both music & the time since 1928.


Maestro Raymond Harvey photo
Courtesy photo / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Raymond Harvey has led the Kalamazoo Symphony for 17 seasons. We talk with him about being a tour guide for this weekend’s Kalamazoo concert, where he takes the audience to Italy in a exploratory program about the life of Antonio Vivaldi.


A number of 2016’s biggest concert tours will hit Michigan. Scott Pohl talks with Lansing State Journal writer Anne Erickson about the biggest names who will be in the state this year.


2015 brought music lovers the 50th anniversary of the classic John Coltrane album "A Love Supreme." WKAR documents the achievement in a radio special Saturday night.


Mick Gavin photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

For nearly two decades, The Ark, Ann Arbor’s folk music concert space, has celebrated Irish music with the post-Christmas Crossroads Ceili series. We speak with Mick Gavin, the fiddler and organizer of this two-night festival about the concerts.


Ukulele group strum photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

When you think of holiday music, the ukulele probably isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind unless you’re a member of LAUGH, the Lansing Area Ukulele Group. Current State's Katie Cook drops by their most recent “Strum and Sing” to talk to some members of the group and hear them play holiday tunes together.


MSU Children's Choir photo: Kyle Zeuch and Katie Sundeen
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The MSU Children’s Choir provides the musical backdrop to today’s Current State Live Holiday Special.

Josh White Jr. and Mike Ball photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests this week are Josh White Jr. and Mike Ball. They’ll perform at a Pump House Concert in East Lansing on Saturday.

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony’s holiday concert comes up this weekend and has some very special guests. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt as well as one of the high school students performing with the LSO this weekend.


Etienne Charles photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Trumpeter Etienne Charles is on the MSU Jazz Studies faculty. He has put out a CD of Christmas music called “Creole Christmas,” and he has a release concert next week. Today, he’s our Live Music Friday guest.

This weekend, the MSU College of Music presents Handel’s "Messiah." We speak with conductor David Rayl about the difficulties of leading 200 singers and the timelessness of Handel’s masterwork.


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