Music

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.


Melanie Safka photo
Courtesy photo / melaniesafka.com

One of the biggest stars to emerge from the Woodstock Music Festival was Melanie. The singer-songwriter appears at the Green Wood Coffee House in Ann Arbor Friday. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Melanie about Woodstock, her recording career and working these days with her son, Beau.


Alex Mendenall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Alex Mendenall. He’s worked with the Lansing band Coolidge and as part of the Rachel and Alex duo with Rachel Curtis. Now, he’s striking out on his own.


picture of Barbara Bailey Hutchinson
Courtesy of Barbara Bailey Hutchinson

The Michigan concert scene for September is led by shows with Van Halen, AC/DC and the opening of this year’s Ten Pound Fiddle schedule. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal. 

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garryknight / Flickr

Current State checks in with Meridian Winds in Okemos, who have been selling and repairing instruments to musicians across Michigan for over 30 years, and find out how brass instruments can be improved with magnets. 

Picture of Joseph Lulloff
MSU College of Music

Current State talks to Professor Joseph Lulloff, the saxophonist who kicks off MSU’s Faculty-Artist Recital series this week.

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