Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Verdi Requiem | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 1, 2017
Music director directing his musicians
Jonathan Tichler / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Dec. 2 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The performances of Verdi’s Requiem are dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 

The Magic Flute | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 1, 2017
Main character Papageno performing
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Dec. 9 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The Met’s English-language family version of Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece has become one of the city’s essential holiday traditions.

Norma | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 1, 2017
Main character Angela Meade
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Dec. 16 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | An extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power.

The Merry Widow | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 1, 2017
Main character Susan Graham sings on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Dec. 30 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Susan Graham sings the title role of the fabulous woman of the world who sets out to conquer glamorous old Paris and get the one thing that has eluded her—a commitment from her playboy first love.

Jim Nabors photo
Courtesy photo / Dave McClary

Actor and singer Jim Nabors died on Thursday at the age of 87. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with a Traverse City man about a friendly encounter with the Gomer Pyle star.

Tian Zhou photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

An associate professor of composition at Michigan State University has become a Grammy nominee. Tian Zhou is one of the nominees in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for his Concerto for Orchestra, as recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

WKAR Staff: "What We Are Thankful For"

Nov 22, 2017
WKAR-MSU

This is Thanksgiving week 2017. WKAR hosts, reporters, interns and more are sharing what they're thankful for and a favorite word associated with "Thanksgiving."


DAN KRAKER, MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO

For generations, Native Americans in the northern Great Lakes have harvested wild rice. It's an important food source. For some it's a way to make a little extra cash. And it's a cultural touchstone that tribal members are trying to pass on to younger generations. 


flickr/Tom Bower

Officials in southwest Michigan are considering how to handle a controversial fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy.

Al Ravenna - Creative Commons/No Copyright

This weekend, the New York Philharmonic is again in residency in Ann Arbor brought about by the University Musical Society. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with UMS President, Matthew VanBesien and Maestro Leonard Slatkin.


Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

Is it church music? Or is it an opera in disguise? This weekend, the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Verdi’s Requiem. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with the Symphony’s new music director, Marcelo Lehninger to talk about one of the maestro’s favorite pieces.


Scott Crandall performance photo
Melissa Kaplan

Can the arts influence thinking on scientific debates like the discussion surround climate change? A program in Lansing this week aims to do exactly that. It's called “Hope Takes the Stage.”


Courtesy, Tommy Edison

What's it like to be a film critic that has never actually seen a film? Meet Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic.


It’s a musical about baseball, bar mitzvahs, psychiatry, and a late-in-life coming out. Let’s attend a rehearsal of Peppermint Creek Theatre’s production of ‘Falsettos’ with WKAR’s Jamie Paisley.


Jody Knol / WKAR-MSU

Dr. James Niblock turns 100 on November 1st, and WKAR celebrates with the composer, musical friends and host Jody Knol and the special program James Niblock: The First 100 Years.


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