Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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"...

New York City-based Sandbox Percussion comes to Fairchild Theatre Friday night at 8:00 for a performance of Viet Cuong's captivating work, Re(new)al. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony fills out the bill for the evening. WKAR's Peter Whorf speaks with conductor Kevin Noe and Sandbox musicians Jonny Allen and Ian Rosenbaum about Cuong's work...which features wine glasses. Happy Friday.

Christmas Tree
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lansing and Jackson will usher in the holiday season tonight with parades and tree lightings. 

Ava Ordman

Thursday night at the Wharton Center, the Lansing Symphony plays a piece of classical music from a local composer and was inspired by his children. WKAR's Classical Host, Jamie Paisley has more.

Tony Spinelli

The Jackson Symphony had a problem with their concert coming up this Saturday: A lack of Chinese Medicine Balls. More on this unique symphonic dilemma with the JSO’s conductor, Dr. Matthew Aubin.

Earlier this week, the Calidore String Quartet completed its performance/master class residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Umberto Nicoletti

They’re from across the Atlantic, but the Czech Philharmonic’s new conductor, Semyon Bychkov is bringing them to Michigan next week. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with this now-famous conductor who got his start in Grand Rapids.

musicians on stage
MSU College of Music / MSU

Thursday night at 7:30 at the Wharton Center, the MSU Wind Symphony performs a concert of works by 20th and 21st century masters. MSU Professor, Director of Bands, and Conducting Chair Kevin Sedatole presides over the program of music by Percy Grainger, John Adams, Robert Beaser and Ricardo Lorenz. WKAR’s Peter Whorf and Kevin Sedatole started a conversation talking about Robert Beaser’s Double Chorus.

Amanda Barberena

On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss where pumpkin spice originated and if companies have gone too far.

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

This Thursday night marks the start of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s new season of concerts at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with Maestro Timothy Muffitt to talk about how this concert crosses borders while bringing a successful violinist back home to Lansing.

Rudy Valdez
Rudy Valdez

Lansing native Rudy Valdez talked about creating a documentary around his sister's arrest and prison stay. The Sentence debuts Monday, October 15 on HBO.