Classical music

Parsifal | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 14, 2018
Scene on set from Parsifal
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 17 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Wagner’s final opera is a musical journey unlike any other.

Bill Richards / WKAR-MSU

Though they span three centuries, the three composers featured on Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra program speak similar musical languages. WKAR's Peter Whorf and LSO Music Director Timothy Muffitt explain...


L’Elisir d’Amore | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 4, 2018
Pretty Yende on stage performing
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 10 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The story combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type.

Il Trovatore | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 28, 2018
Main character Yonghoon Lee as Manrico in Il Trovatore
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 3 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Sir David McVicar’s exhilarating production of Verdi’s thrilling depiction of life on the edge 

Tosca | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 21, 2018
Set model for new production Tosca
Courtesy / Metropolitan Opera Technical Department

Sat., Jan. 27 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | This new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna.

February Episodes | MSU in Concert

Jan 19, 2018
orchestra
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This February, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

Thaïs | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 14, 2018

Sat., Jan. 20 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Ailyn Pérez is the alluring courtesan and Gerald Finley is the holy man who tries to resist her powers of seduction in Massenet’s tale of sensuality versus spirituality. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

MSU in Concert Reaches Northern Michigan Listeners

Jan 12, 2018
MSU Faculty Recital
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

The WKAR original classical music series MSU in Concert can now be heard by music lovers in Michigan's northern lower peninsula! The weekly series featuring Michigan State University concert performances now airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on Classical Interlochen Public Radio (IPR).

Scene on set from Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Jan. 13 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Roberto Alagna takes on the leading tenor roles in both parts of opera’s most popular double bill.

Hansel and Gretel | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 31, 2017
Scene on set from Hansel and Gretel
Cory Weaver / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Jan. 6 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. 

Le Nozze di Figaro | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 20, 2017
Scene on set from Le Nozze di Figaro
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Dec. 23 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Mozart’s comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household.

January Episodes | MSU in Concert

Dec 15, 2017
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This January, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

New York Philharmonic being conducted by Alan Gilbert
Courtesy of Chris Lee / PBS

New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony come to WKAR with new programs on 90.5 FM!

Holiday Sounds on 90.5 FM

Dec 12, 2017
holiday sounds: silver bell
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Celebrate the holidays with a variety of radio specials! 

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. 

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