Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Hamilton national touring company photo
Joan Marcus

When the Wharton announced that Hamilton was coming to East Lansing about a year and a half ago, the anticipation started to build. The biggest hit musical in a generation will be in town for three weeks, starting May 14th, and on Saturday, individual ticket sales begin. They’re sure to go fast, so WKAR’s Scott Pohl brought Bob Hoffman in from the Wharton Center to get the lowdown on how you can get tickets to see Hamilton.

Wharton Center

Lauren Gunderson is America's most performed playwright. The Wharton Center will be putting on her landmark work, 'I And You,' this weekend in their Pasant Theatre. WKAR's Jamie Paisley spoke with her about this play and her mentor/friend, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Margaret Edson.

Jamie Paisley

MSU Opera Theater Director Melanie Helton discusses their pairing of one-act Operas opening this week with WKAR's Jamie Paisley.

Manuel Alejandro Rangel
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The maracas will add a little different flavor to a concert featuring the MSU symphony band and wind symphony on Thursday night thanks to guest percussionist and Latin Grammy winner Manuel Alejandro Rangel.

Westrin and Mowry photo
Courtesy photo

A Lansing-area musical duo has been named the grand prize winner for folk music in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest. Westrin and Mowry now move on, along with winners in 23 other catagories, in vying for the competition’s Song of the Year honors.

90.5 Classical’s March New Release of the Month showcases a musician who’s been active for more than half a century - and remains at the height of her creativity. WKAR’s Peter Whorf has more...

Old Town Lansing
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Thirty-three high school students from across Michigan will face off in the state finals of a poetry recitation contest.

Courtesy: Dr. Aubin

Saturday night at the Potter Center in Jackson, the JSO continues their season-long celebration of the birth of Leonard Bernstein's 100 years ago. WKAR's Jamie Paisley speaks with JSO's conductor, Dr. Matthew Aubin about the Bernstein (& Bernstein adjacent) pieces on the program.

Joshua Davis Live at the Robin CD cover
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Joshua Davis spent 20 years in the Lansing music scene with his band Steppin’ In It before moving on to Traverse City and a solo career. You may have seen him on WKAR-TV’s “Backstage Pass” program, or as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Davis speaks with WKAR's Scott Pohl about releasing a new live album at the Midwinter Singing Festival in East Lansing tonight.

DSO Doubles Up In February

Feb 1, 2019
Concert Hall
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

After a January hiatus from the airwaves, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns to 90.5 Classical in February with two Friday morning concerts brought to you live from Orchestra Hall.

Cellist Hee-Young Lim's newest from Sony Classical and the London Symphony Orchestra adds to her growing list of impressive collaborations.


Adriane White

Conductor Cristian Macelaru speaks with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about his upcoming tour performance with the National Symphony of Romania at the Wharton Center in East Lansing.

Jamie Paisley

She is one of, if not THE, most recorded and celebrated harpists in the world and tonight Yolanda Kondonassis joins the Lansing Symphony. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley attended a rehearsal and met with her backstage at the Wharton Center to talk about the concerto she commissioned and is performing this Friday evening, and how cows have become a harpist's problem.

Violinist Ray Chen recently appeared in Michigan as guest soloist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

90.5 Classical’s December New Release of the Month focuses on the holiday spirit. Peter Whorf has more on sacred music from a spiritual space "across the pond"...