For April 16th, Public Radio Music Day, WKAR is checking in with various arts and cultural leaders across mid-Michigan. Dean James Forger heads up the Michigan State University College of Music and he spoke with WKAR's Jamie Paisley via Zoom to talk about the logistical challenges the college faced, as well as the postponement for opening the Billman Pavillion, a multi-million dollar project which was scheduled to open in mid-April. The conversation below broadcast on WKAR April 16th, 2020 at 1pm.
At the end of this interview, we also asked Dean James Forger for an inspiring piece of music. Two came to Dean Forger's mind since they are scheduled to appear in a December concert with the MSU College of Music led by Professor David Rayl. One was the stunning Faure Requiem while the other is slightly more defiant, a warning from the mid-1930s via the 'Dona Nobis Pacem' of Ralph Vaughan Williams. However, we'd also like to know what music inspires you right now. Let us know by calling (567) 246-9038, letting us know your name, what that piece is, and why others will find it inspiring. Over the next few weeks, as social distancing continues, we may broadcast it on WKAR-FM & WKAR.org