Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Luisa Miller | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 8, 2018
A scene from Verdi's Luisa Miller.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 14 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.

Lucia di Lammermoor | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 1, 2018
A scene from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with Natalie Dessay in the title role.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., April 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende.

Così Fan Tutte | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 25, 2018
A scene from Phelim McDermott's new production of Mozart'sCosì fan tutte . Photographed here at the English National Opera.
Martin Smith / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 31 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | A winning cast comes together for Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island.

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.


Turandot | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 18, 2018
Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf in Puccini's Turandot.
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. 

Aretha Franklin
Facebook fan page of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is canceling two upcoming concerts on doctor's orders.

Mark Auslander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There will not be a Great Lakes Folk Festival this summer in East Lansing. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with  Museum Director Mark Auslander about the decision.


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.


Elektra | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 11, 2018
Christine Goerke, seen here as the Dyer's Wife in Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. will sing the title role in Strauss's "Elektra in the 17-18 season.
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Mar. 17 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra at the Met in Patrice Chéreau’s landmark production.

Wally Pleasant photo
Vincent Brady / Windwalker Underground Gallery

Wally Pleasant is a comedic singer-songwriter who’ll perform twice this weekend in Charlotte. Scott Pohl brought the long-time local favorite into WKAR’s Studio S for a little conversation and music.


Courtesy MSU College of Music

Last August, some MSU graduates assembled for a concert focusing on women-centric music and poetry. The group calls themselves MIrabai and today, International Women's Day, their Ecstatic Songs is released. WKAR's Jamie Paisley spoke to Dr. Sandra Snow about the project.
 


Rosemarie Aquilina and Scott Pohl photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Rosemarie Aquilina has been a judge on the Ingham County Circuit Court since her election in 2008, and she was a district court judge before that. She rose to national and international prominence when she presided over the Larry Nassar sex abuse case. In seven days of sentencing, she forced Nassar to face 156 women he had abused, and she allowed each of those women to speak as long as they wanted to. At the end, she sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison.

What you may not know about Aquilina is that she writes novels.


WMUK public media

Officials in a southwestern Michigan city could decide whether a monument featuring a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American should be removed from a park.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

There are several counter-protests planned before and during Richard Spencer’s speech at Michigan State University on Monday. 


Public Domain - Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio

March is Women's History Month and March 8th marks International Women's Day. All month on WKAR's 90.5 Classical, you'll find information about the influential voices in classical music as well as some of the voices repressed because of their gender, from Haydn's downstairs neighbor, to the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music.

On this page throughout the month of March, we'll assemble the various musicians being highlighted, plus add links to both hear their music and in some cases purchase the sheet music of their works.

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