Music

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.


Rune Bergmann photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

After the difficult reporting from Europe and the Middle East this week, the Grand Rapids Symphony takes some time to heal in a performance of the Brahms "German Requiem." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with Rune Bergmann, who will lead the program.


Ozay Moore photo
Carla Brooks

Last week, the hip hop music website Rapzilla named Lansing’s Ozay Moore one of the top 20 Christian rap artists of all time. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Ozay Moore about his music.


Room with a View set photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

You may know the 1985 Merchant-Ivory film “A Room with a View,” but later this week the MSU Opera Theater will open their season with an English-language opera based on the beloved E.M. Forster novel. We speak with the MSU opera’s director and cast.


MSU Marching Band photo
Peter Whorf / WKAR

The halftime show at Saturday’s MSU football game will be a spectacular event, as China comes to Spartan Stadium. Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.


Betty Baxter and Doug Fritch photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is the veteran local jazz singer Betty Baxter. On Sunday, the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan is honoring her at their seventh annual Tribute Concert.

LSO celebrates American composers in Saturday concert

Nov 5, 2015
Muffitt conducting orchestra
David Trumpie / Trumpie Photography

Current State brings you a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert, which features an all American cast of composers.

Chris Thile photo
Courtesy photo / Chris Thile/Facebook

Mandolinist Chris Thile performs in Kalamazoo on Friday night. Thile talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about his music and his next big project: replacing Garrison Keillor next year on “A Prairie Home Companion.”


Kevin Sedatole photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

A Pulitzer Prize winning composer and an MSU faculty soloist are two highlights of the upcoming Wind Symphony concert. Current State’s Peter Whorf visits with conductor Kevin Sedatole.


Matt Bliton photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Current State's Live Music Friday guest today is singer-songwriter Matt Bliton. The newest Matt Bliton Band CD is called “New Morning,” a follow-up to their album “Solid Ground, Endless Sky.”

Richard Sherman photo
Courtesy photo / Absolute Music Chamber Series

Old Town Lansing will host a classical music concert tomorrow, not in any kind of concert hall, but instead in an art gallery. We speak with the MSU Professor and founder of the Absolute Chamber Music Series about this concert series, bringing back the days when music concerts were much more casual.


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