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The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s Wharton Center.

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From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions

Feb 10, 2014
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Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Wharton Center on Jan. 16. He’s known for his work on “This American Life,” his movie, called “Sleepwalk With Me,” and many more comedy records and appearances. His latest show is called “Thank God For Jokes.”

Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Birbiglia about his new show, his career and his lifelong love of pizza.

One-woman play tackles bullying

Nov 14, 2013
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Friday night at the Wharton Center, a one-woman show examines aspects of bullying and teenage relationships. “The Shape of a Girl” is a play by Joan MacLeod.

MSU Symphony opens season with challenging works

Sep 26, 2013
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The first MSU Symphony Orchestra concert of the season is Friday night at Wharton Center. Featured works include Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and a clarinet concerto by John Corigliano.

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September brings the start of the season for many activities on the MSU campus, including events at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Current State's Peter Whorf checks in with Wharton executive director Mike Brand for a preview of the 2013-14 lineup.

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For almost 40 years, "A Prairie Home Companion" has been a beloved staple of the public radio airwaves. Host Garrison Keillor combines music with skits, comedy and storytelling for an old-time radio show that makes even city people feel nostalgic for small town life.

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This weekend, the hosts of "Mythbusters" will make a stop at East Lansing's Wharton Center as part of their "Behind the Myths" tour. For ten years, the Discovery Channel show has entertained skeptics, science buffs and ordinary folk alike with a lighthearted and creative approach to science.

Red Haven to host Anthony Bourdain for VIP event

May 6, 2013
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Chef and author Anthony Bourdain has a new globetrotting TV show called “Parts Unknown” on CNN. On Tuesday, he brings his “Guts and Glory” speaking tour to MSU’s Wharton Center. After his talk, he’ll join 150 people for a VIP event at Red Haven, a new restaurant in Okemos.

Current State #67 | April 16, 2013

Apr 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city budget; Red Cedar now open for fishing ; Wharton Center reveals new season; and a Public Poetry Announcement with Carl Phillips.

Preview of Wharton Center's 2013-14 season

Apr 16, 2013
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The Wharton Center for Performing Arts announced its 2013-14 season Monday evening.  Peter Whorf spoke with Wharton Executive Director Mike Brand about some of the highlights, including The Book of Mormon and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart riffs on music

Apr 3, 2013
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  Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart  will turn Wharton Center’s Jackson Lounge into a jazz club next Wednesday. She’ll be putting on two performances that night to benefit East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. WKAR’S Melissa Benmark caught up with her this week to ask what kinds of material she’ll be performing at her Wharton gig.

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A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance.  In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody.  One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.”  It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.

Current State #39 | March 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013

Today on Current State: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.

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