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Jamie Paisley

For the next 3 weeks, royalty arrives in East Lansing: Disney’s The Lion King ascends to the throne at the Wharton Center, where it's nice to get the first word in. For The Lion King, South African actress Mukelisiwe Goba gets to use her original language, Zulu, to announce that the Lion is on its way.


Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center in East Lansing is making way for the King this week… “The Lion King,” that is, the final show of their 2017-18 season. Disney’s Broadway classic also helps the Wharton Center prepare for some summertime improvements, as WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned.


On the April 14-15 edition: WKAR's new education initiatives; the real cost of food waste; new Shingles vaccine; perspective of a submarine pilot; the new Wharton Center season & a new film showing how MSU helped racially integrate college football.


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.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

This Saturday night, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center to present a program highlighting two local talents. However, a few months ago, one of these pieces turned from a celebratory work into a tribute, instead.


Jeremy Daniels

Broadway producer Kevin McCollum sits down with WKAR to talk about his show "Something Rotten" at the Wharton Center this week. A show which made McCollum do something he hadn't done since he produced RENT in the 90's.


Wharton Center Reveals New Look

Nov 30, 2017
Russ White

Mike Brand and Diane Wilcox from Wharton Center join Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Brand is executive director, and Wilcox is director of marketing and communications.


Joan Marcus, Courtesy The Bodyguard Musical

Take a much-loved romance film from the nineties, add-in several great hits by Whitney and you’ve got the makings of “The Bodyguard,” at the Wharton Center this week.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Michigan classical fans may have noticed that the Lansing Symphony’s season is off to a late start. That’s because this past summer’s new roof project at the Wharton Center meant pushing back a few weeks. But WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about how the LSO used the October start to its advantage.


the cat in the hat with blue background
Courtesy / Wharton Center

Sat., Oct. 28 from 1pm-4pm at the Wharton Center | The Cat in the Hat knows how to turn a rainy day into an amazing adventure! 

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

Usually, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra season begins in September, but for the season premiere concert, Maestro Timothy Muffitt tells me that the recently announced 2017-18 season has to be pushed back thanks to a bit of construction at the Wharton Center.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

There are 6 concerts in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explored some of the highlights with the LSO’s Maestro Timothy Muffitt.


Rachel Santorelli, Lansing Symphony

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” However, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned that a percussion concerto from University of Michigan composer Paul Dooley which the Lansing Symphony is world premiering this Friday, didn’t have ANY name just a few weeks ago.


Jamie Paisley

Part two highlighting some of the visiting artists and lectures coming to East Lansing as part of the just-announced 2017-18 season of the Wharton Center.


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