Wharton Center

Colin Bell

At the age of 9, violinist Sarah Chang played with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, AND recorded her first CD. Now, in her mid-30’s, Sarah Chang has cemented her reputation as an “A-list” violinist. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with her ahead of a couple of Mid-Michigan appearances the virtuoso is scheduled to make this week.


Joan Marcus

Early on during Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, on tour at the Wharton Center this week, the 16 year old burgeoning songsmith is given some advice: “Girls don’t write music, they teach it.”


Wind Symphony | MSU Faculty Series

Oct 24, 2016
College of Music

Thu. Oct. 27 at 7:30pm on 90.5 FM | LIVE from the Cobb Great Hall, conductor Kevin L. Sedatole presents Wind Symphony! 

Bria Skonberg
Courtesy of Bria Skonberg

We’ll speak with jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg who is coming to the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater on Wednesday night. We’ll speak about her Dixieland & Hot Jazz upbringing as well as find out how you pick a killer concert opener.

Lisa Kron and Jamie Paisley photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Meet Lansing native Lisa Kron. She is the co-creator of last year’s Tony-winning powerhouse musical, "Fun Home," which is coming to the Wharton Center in 2017.


Wharton Center at night photo
Courtesy photo / Wharton Center - wikimedia

The Wharton Center just announced their 2016-17 schedule. We speak with Executive Director Mike Brand about a few highlights coming to East Lansing in the year ahead.


Sound of Music photo
Courtesy photo / Matthew Murphy

The Wharton Center will be alive with "The Sound of Music" this week as the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to East Lansing. We speak with two of the cast members of this North American tour, one of whom is Michigan’s former Miss Isabella County.


headshot of Katie Hammond
Mindy Tucker / www.broadwaysnexthitmusical.com

Current State talks to Michigan native Katie Hammond about her comedy career and her work with the improvised show Broadway's Next Hit Musical. 

Courtesy Vocalosity

The man who helped bring contemporary a cappella music into the mainstream brings his newest a cappella project to the Wharton Center.  Deke Sharon speaks with Current State’s Jamie Paisley -- a former a cappella head himself -- about tonight’s concert by Vocalosity.

Valentijn Dhaenens photo
Courtesy photo / Valentijn Dhaenens/SKaGeN

Typically, being called a big mouth is an insult, but at the Wharton Center this Thursday, it is one man’s exploration of history. We speak with Belgian performance artist Valentijn Dhaenens about his one man-one mouth show, which pulls from famous speeches across history to tell the story of the world we live in.


Tonight at the Wharton Center, 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 performers from 12 countries will arrive on stage for the touring production of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze." But it will also be a homecoming performance for one member of the troupe. We speak with the Holt High School graduate working behind the scenes for this upcoming theatrical production of "Cirque Dreams."

Twyla Tharp Dance photo
Ruven Afanador / Twyla Tharp Dance

Current State talks with dance legend Twyla Tharp ahead of her 50th anniversary tour coming to the Wharton Center tonight.


Stinky Cheese Man rolls into Wharton Center

Oct 23, 2015
Michael Horner photo
Courtesy photo / Mesner Puppet Theater

“The Stinky Cheese Man” is coming to the Wharton Center this weekend. We talk with one of the puppet masters behind the show.


Cindrella photo
Courtesy photo / Cinderella National Tour

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella" opens the Wharton Center theatrical season schedule this week. Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with Cinderella herself, Paige Faure.


Peter Carey as Ernie Harwell photo
Courtesy photo / 'Ernie - The Play'

A play inspired by legendary Detroit Tigers play-by-play man Ernie Harwell is coming to East Lansing. "Ernie" was written by author and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom. It opens at MSU's Wharton Center on August 19th. Current State contributor Russ White talks with the actor portraying Harwell, Peter Carey.


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