How does a musician reach deep within to discover the language of a musical moment? This answer to this question is revealed in Saxophone and Piano: A Conversation.
Producer/director Bob Albers takes viewers inside the minds of three MSU College of Music musicians as they explore this question. A side excursion explores the connection between the musical moment and the instant the racquet strikes the ball in tennis.
The program airs Sunday, October 28, at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m., on WKAR World.
On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.
Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.
Approximately 60 community members attended WKAR's Community Cinema screening of "As Goes Janesville" on October 18, and engaged in a discussion with four guests who addressed the similarities and differences of the issues presented in the film and those in Lansing when the General Motors plant threatened to close.
The Independent Lens film followed the events in Janesville, Wisconsin after the city's GM plant closed. Lansing faced this situation as well, but the GM plant in Lansing remained open, if reduced in scope.
PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.
When I hear the words "Teddy Bear Picnic" I think of the delightful children's song. But the Teddy Bear Picnic that I'm most looking forward to isn't "in the woods at night," but right here at MSU during the middle of the day.
More than 80 people attended WKAR's first Community Cinema event held on Thursday, September 27, at WKAR. The topic of the first discussion was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Did you know that this week WKAR's Public Media Facebook page is hovering at nearly 2,000 friends who "like" the page? This is by far our page with the most "likes," but it certainly isn't our only one!
Every four years, a group of the finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In the midst of the drama, the beauty, the nerves and the excitement, they know one thing is true — what happens there can change their lives. They strive to feel the joy of victory and achieve their utmost goal: to become a performer on the world stage. The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold airs Friday, September 28, at 9 p.m. on WKAR.
You may have noticed WKAR is busier than ever, with frequent screenings, like last night's Call the Midwife. Thanks to all who came — we hope you enjoyed the show! Our “Evening at WKAR” events have been a huge hit, so I am especially excited to announce our newest initiative, kicking off next week.
Our Evening at WKAR presentation of Call the Midwife attracted more than 75 guests who laughed and yet were touched by the moving first episode of the new PBS series. Call the Midwife premieres Sunday, September 30, on WKAR.
When WKAR station manager Susi Elkins asked "What do you think?" after the screening, there was plenty of audible approval and conversations with guests after only reinforced that fact.
Some things make my job even more fun than it already is. WKAR's taping of our QuizBusters Special Edition on Tuesday, September 11, was one of them.
We had 16 special guests — all well known in the community — playing our popular QuizBusters game. They were lively, fun and smart – and they all seemed to be having a great time. It was fun to see all the Facebook chatter after the show.
Beginning Monday, September 10, WKAR TV over-the-air viewers will be able to watch WKAR, WKAR World and WKAR Create 24 hours a day.
There will also be a change in channel allocation for WKAR World. It will move to channel 23.2, placing the older standard definition version of WKAR. WKAR will remain on 23.1 in high definition; WKAR World will be at 23.2 and WKAR Create will remain at 23.3.
Participants in WKAR’s upcoming “QuizBusters Special Edition” competition were revealed on Thursday, September 6, at the station’s fall preview.
Playing the first game for the Green Team are Scott Westerman, President, MSU Alumni Association; Jen Sygit, Michigan-based singer and songwriter; Sue Carter, MSU School of Journalism faculty member, author and intrepid adventurer; and team captain Guy Sanville, Artistic Director, Purple Rose Theatre.
WKAR-TV is proud of its PBS national schedule, which offers you the best in drama, documentary and news. But we are equally proud (maybe a little more so) of the terrific work done right here at WKAR, including BackStage Pass, Off the Record and QuizBusters.
Thanks to those of you who have already given to WKAR-TV's August membership campaign. We are moving toward our goal of $95,000 with almost $43,000 pledged as of Friday morning. This is a little less than half of our way to the total we'd like to reach by Sunday, and we're about two-thirds of the way through the campaign.
Do we have great specials for you this week, as our August membership campaign continues!
For those interested in information, check out "Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue" on Tuesday, August 21, at 9:30 p.m. Learn how your gift can bring you tickets to our Ed Slott meet-and-greet in October!
If you like all-star concerts with performances by such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and lots more, check out Pegi and Neil Young's "Concert for the Bridge" on Sunday, August 26, at 10 p.m.
You may have noticed that WKAR's fundraising campaign began on Thursday. We're trying something new this year. Instead of having our regular 16-day campaigns four times a year, we are hoping to have those events go only eleven days.
You might say, "Don't you need the money?" and the answer is "Yes! We do!" Our goal is to do a better job of reaching out to more WKAR viewers with the opportunity to become WKAR supporters -- making WKAR and public broadcasting stronger in our community.