Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Jamie Paisley

This week, the Wharton Center unveiled their new season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley takes us on a trip through their 2019-20 Broadway national tour season, as guided by Wharton's Center's Exective Director, Mike Brand.


Jamie Paisley

This week, the MSU College of Music welcomes the four-time Grammy winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird to campus for a few days of masterclasses and a final concert Wednesday evening. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley caught up with a couple of members from the group during one of these masterclasses.


Jamie Paisley

The Lansing Symphony welcomes a guest cellist this Saturday to the Wharton Center and WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the artist who also likes to dabble in funny filmmaking: Nicholas Canellakis.


marvelous marvin
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Clothing worn by singer Marvin Gaye will go on display at the Motown Museum in Detroit as part of the music label's 60th anniversary celebration.

The museum said Thursday that the items include a knit cap and military-style jacket and pants. Pictures of them will be posted on Facebook Friday and displayed at the museum beginning Saturday through the end of April.

Aretha Franklin
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Family members celebrated Aretha Franklin on what would have been the Queen of Soul's 77th birthday Monday with a memorial service and a screening of a documentary film.

University of Michigan Sign
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A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features a recently donated collection of Inuit art.

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
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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
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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
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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.


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