Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

Is it church music? Or is it an opera in disguise? This weekend, the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Verdi’s Requiem. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with the Symphony’s new music director, Marcelo Lehninger to talk about one of the maestro’s favorite pieces.

Jamie Paisley

After 10 years as music director, Leonard Slatkin is in his final one with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. WKAR will be bringing you select live broadcasts throughout the year, part of a partnership with WRCJ in Detroit. But for this Friday’s 1st live broadcast of the season, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Orchestra Hall to speak with the Maestro.

Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

Dr. Matthew Aubin split last season the Jackson Symphony Orchestra with outgoing director Stephen Osmond. This year, however, it’s all him. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with Aubin about Saturday night’s season-opener at Jackson’s Potter Center, which starts with a toe-tapper by Leonard Bernstein.

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

Usually, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra season begins in September, but for the season premiere concert, Maestro Timothy Muffitt tells me that the recently announced 2017-18 season has to be pushed back thanks to a bit of construction at the Wharton Center.

Rachel Santorelli, Lansing Symphony

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” However, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned that a percussion concerto from University of Michigan composer Paul Dooley which the Lansing Symphony is world premiering this Friday, didn’t have ANY name just a few weeks ago.