Classical music

July Episodes | MSU In Concert

Jun 27, 2017
Kevin Noe with Orchestra
courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This July, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

June Episodes | MSU In Concert

Jun 7, 2017
Bagratuni on cello
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This June, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

There are 6 concerts in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explored some of the highlights with the LSO’s Maestro Timothy Muffitt.


Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 | DSO Live

May 19, 2017
with violin on sofa
Courtesy / James Ehnes

FRI MAY 26 at 10:45AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Virtuosic Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns in the first Detroit performances of a concerto by celebrated orchestral and film composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games series), and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Rachmaninoff's romantic Second Symphony.

Tchaikovsky's Fifth | DSO Live

May 19, 2017
violinist performing
Simon Fowler

FRI JUNE 2 at 10:45 AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Having just performed its debut with the London Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim, guest conductor James Gaffigan and violin sensation Nicola Benedetti present a new concerto by jazz phenom Wynton Marsalis! The DSO's incredible 2016-17 Season then comes to a celebratory finale with Tchaikovsky's majestic Fifth Symphony.

Jamie Paisley

This Saturday, they officially turn 100 years old. The Flint Symphony Orchestra’s landmark 100th season comes to a close and WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Flint to speak with the Maestro who’s led them to the century mark.


Der Rosenkavalier | Metropolitan Opera

May 8, 2017
Erin Morley  and Günther Groissböck on stage
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

May 13 at 1pm on 90.5 WKAR Radio | The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. 

Verdi: Viva L’Italia | A2SO

May 5, 2017
Italy: Colosseum
Courtesy / A2SO

Sun. May 7 at 4pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | LIVE from the Hill Auditorium | All aboard for your Grand Tour to Italy with A2SO, filled with the most melodic operatic choruses of all time.

Cyrano de Bergerac | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 30, 2017
Jennifer Rowley and Roberto Alagna on stage
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

May 6 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR RADIO | The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane.

Jamie Paisley

After 40 years, a mid-Michigan Maestro is calling it quits this weekend after one final bow Saturday night. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley attended one of their final rehearsals together.


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