Music

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.


picture of Daniel Goldmark
Case Western Reserve University

What makes cartoon music so funny? We ask musicologist Daniel Goldmark about the history of music for cartoons ahead of his visit to the MSU College of Music. 

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s second MasterWorks concert of the year is tonight. We talk with conductor Timothy Muffitt about what’s on the program.


Alan Gilbert photo
Chris Lee / The New York Philharmonic

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the music director of the New York Philharmonic, Maestro Alan Gilbert, about the orchestra’s three day residency this weekend at the University of Michigan. That includes leading a performance at Michigan Stadium Saturday.


Bill Brohn photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Alumni Association

Flint native and MSU alumnus Bill Brohn has played a major role in London’s West End and on Broadway with his work on "Miss Saigon," "Ragtime" and "Wicked." Current State talks with Bill Brohn about his role in this weekend’s MSU homecoming.


Drew Howard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is local guitarist and singer Drew Howard. He’s played with everyone from Steppin’ In It to Bo Diddley.


JSO photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra kicks off their concert season this weekend with a concert titled “Joy and Sorrow.” We speak with Maestro Stephen Osmond as well as the Jackson-native cellist that he’s bringing back to town.


Rev. Robert Jones and Deacon Earl
Courtesy photo / Ten Pound Fiddle

Friday Night, the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series is having a blues-focused fundraiser to aid several black churches recently damaged by arson. We speak with the musicians who'll perform at the concert about how blues and american roots intermingle.


Mike Skory photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan BluesFest is back in Old Town Lansing Friday and Saturday. Our Live Music Friday guest is long-time Lansing keyboard player Mike Skory, who has played with a number of local bands including Root Doctor. He also hosts “Skoryoke” on Thursday nights at The Exchange. He worked on booking acts for the festival and will play Friday with Matchette and Frog.

Ralph Votapek photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Gershwin music is the focus of the first Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert of the season Friday. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with conductor Timothy Muffitt and pianist Ralph Votapek about the program.


The band Lord Huron, led by Okemos native Ben Schneider, has had a big year. They’ve released their second album, “Strange Trails,” and they have five songs on the movie soundtrack for “A Walk in the Woods.” Current State talks with Ben Schneider about what lies ahead, including a show in Grand Rapids tonight.


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