Music

Emanuele Berry


A group of musicians from Turkey will be at Kellogg Center tonight. The name of the concert is “Heritage of 1000 Years.”

Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan

Nov 6, 2013
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra Friday.

MSU, U of M make Best Fight Song list

Nov 1, 2013
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Michigan State University football fans look forward to hearing Spartan touchdown cheers resound on the banks of the Red Cedar tomorrow, as University of Michigan faithful  hope to repeat last year’s victorious performance.

Brooklyn art pop duo Mahogany has Lansing roots

Nov 1, 2013
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The Brooklyn-based duo Mahogany is in town to play for the Broad Art Museum’s First Anniversary celebration tonight.

Baldori takes his 'Boogie' to Vladivostok

Oct 18, 2013
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A boisterous documentary about boogie woogie music featuring Michigan musicians continues to pick up accolades.  “Boogie Stomp!”, featuring Okemos pianist Bob Baldori and partner Bob Seely, has won awards at preview screenings around the country.

Harper brings Aussie blues to East Lansing

Oct 18, 2013
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Musician Harper’s music is often described as “World Blues.”  Harper’s mix of roots music and soul are all part of his unique sound.

Crooner Johnny Mathis looks back on five-decade career

Oct 17, 2013
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Singing legend Johnny Mathis comes to MSU's Wharton Center tonight. His career began at age 19 and has spanned decades’ worth of popular favorites.

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In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit,  in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.

Musician Jon Brooks tests boundaries of 'folk' genre

Sep 27, 2013
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Canadian musician Jon Brooks will perform as part of the Pump House concert series in East Lansing on Saturday September 28th.

Current State #167 | September 26, 2013

Sep 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Cristo Rey Community Center's new Executive Director; Public Poetry Announcement; MSU Symphony opens new season; Voices of Experience series with 'Eternal General' Frank Kelley; and Banned Books Week.

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The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month.  We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.

And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute). 

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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s first MasterWorks concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features music of Dvorak and Enescu and a modern percussion concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

 

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the concert.

 

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 This summer, MSU assistant professor Etienne Charles debuted his fourth album, called "Creole Soul." It’s received favorable reviews from The New York Times and NPR, and spent some time high up on the jazz charts. Charles, who is also one of the MSU Professors of Jazz, will be playing some of his music at the Broad Art Museum on Thursday night.

 

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Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Aug 7, 2013
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Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.

It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night.

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