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Roméo et Juliette | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 29, 2018
A scene from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., May 5 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers and Plácido Domingo conducts.

msu / WKAR-MSU

A grand finale to this year’s MSU College of Music concert season takes place on stage at the Wharton Center tomorrow night. Professor David Rayl, director of the college’s choral programs, speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf about the Felix Mendelssohn masterwork...


Pop-Up Story: ‘Hippies in Paris’

Apr 24, 2018
Storyteller Liz Andrews
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

 Tomorrow is our next Pop-Up Stories live storytelling event. This time we’ll be at Impression 5 and the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Liz Andrews told a story about going to Paris.

 

 

 


Pop-Up Story: ‘Cheap Tickets’

Apr 24, 2018
Carol Edmunds photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Thursday April 26th is our next Pop-Up Stories, and this time we’ll be at Impression5 where the theme will be education. Here’s a story from our last event at the Capital Region International Airport. The theme was travel, and storyteller Carol Edmunds told a story of a memorable journey at sea.
 

 

 


Cendrillon | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 22, 2018
A scene from Laurent Pelly's new production of Massenet'sCendrillon . Photographed here at the Santa Fe Opera.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 28 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Cendrillon is an opera described as a "fairy tale" in four acts by Jules Massenet.

Jamie Paisley

This weekend, the Flint Institute of Arts unveils two newly constructed, multi-million dollar additions. One features galleries for two new acquisitions the FIA received. The other is an arena to watch artisans create works of art from glass. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Flint earlier this week for a preview.


Maceo Parker photo
Laurent Graffion

Saxophone player Maceo Parker may have the greatest résumé in funk music history. On Friday night, Parker brings a show paying tribute to Ray Charles to MSU’s Wharton Center.


Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc, Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, and Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado in Adès' "The Exterminating Angel."
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 21 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. 

Nick Rutter

The famed British early music ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, arrive at East Lansing’s Fairchild Theatre Sunday night to sing a program called War and Peace. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who founded them back in 1973, Peter Phillips, to talk about performing music that is centuries old.

Gene and Maya Washington photo
Courtesy photo

Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


Andrew Eccles

Earlier this week, the Wharton Center announced their 2018-19 season. Our fine arts expert, Jamie Paisley sat down with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand, and communications director Diane Willcox to talk about their year of classical music and a few plays coming to East Lansing.


Joan Marcus 2018

Today, the Wharton Center in East Lansing unveiled their 2018-19 season to the general public. WKAR's Jamie Paisley brings you a rundown of the shows, including more details about the already-announced arrival of the mega-hit musical, Hamilton.


Luisa Miller | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 8, 2018
A scene from Verdi's Luisa Miller.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 14 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.

Lucia di Lammermoor | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 1, 2018
A scene from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with Natalie Dessay in the title role.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende.

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