Music

Portrait: Kevin Noe
Melissa Ingells / WKAR

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.


MSU Wind Symphony photo
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.


picture of orchestra on stage
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.


Glenn Frey photo
Steve Alexander / flickr creative commons

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.


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