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YouTube - Black Violin

During Black History Month, WKAR will be exploring issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

They meld two seemingly diverse musical styles: classical music and hip hop. Meet one of the members of Black Violin, the string duo coming to the Wharton Center this Friday Night.


Inlet Dance Company

The Wharton Center’s new production, Among The Darkest Shadows, deals with the issue of human trafficking. Yesterday, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with some of the creators (which you can explore by clicking here) and today, brings us deeper into the fictional setting of the show: Shadowtown.


Bob Hoffman

It’s about as far away from Swan Lake as you can get. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the creators of a stage work about human trafficking, and a warning that some of the following deals with sex trafficking.


Your Football Alternative | WKAR Specials

Jan 30, 2017
Celtic Woman: Destiny, woods picture
Courtesy of Kip Carroll / PBS

Sun. Feb. 5 from 2:30pm to 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Where do non-football fans turn for alternative viewing on February 5? WKAR! 

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."

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