Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

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Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman welcomes Mike Brand to MSU Today. Brand is Executive Director of Wharton Center for the Performing Arts.

Brand talks about the 2020/2021 schedule at Wharton Center and how it’s been impacted by the pandemic.


Monday on WKAR, we brought you an introduction to the newly announced 2020-2021 season of the Wharton Center of Performing Arts and their popular Broadway selections. Today, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley digs deeper with some more of next season’s selections, plus what the Wharton Center plans on doing, at this point, about coronavirus concerns and public health. 


Courtesy photo / Wharton Center - wikimedia

Today, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the MSU campus announced their 2020-2021 season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more about the theatrical announcements scheduled to arrive in mid-Michigan. Spoiler: It'll be a late start to the season thanks to coronavirus.


Wharton Center at night photo
Courtesy photo / Wharton Center - wikimedia

For this April 16th, Public Radio Music Day, WKAR has been checking in with various arts and cultural leaders to see how they and their organizations are doing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and many cancelled performances in Michigan and beyond. Mike reflected on some of the difficulties involved with coordinating many shifting schedules, but also looking forward to a bit of hope, by way of preparing to announce the upcoming 2020-21 Wharton Center season next month.


ASMF - Benjamin Ealovega

Monday night, superstar violinist Joshua Bell will be in East Lansing at the Wharton Center, bringing his London-based ensemble, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and his four-million-dollar Stradivarius. It’s part of a nationwide tour the group embarked upon this week starting in Florida. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley caught up with Joshua Bell on his way to the airport at the start of this tour.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Timothy Muffitt of the Lansing Symphony came to the WKAR Studios to speak with classical host Jamie Paisley about this weekend's "Masterworks 4" concert with the LSO and how it aims to transport us during our usual mid-January doldrums in mid-Michigan.


Monica Ellis and Mark Dover of Imani Winds photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

A Grammy Award-nominated chamber music group has spent the week in East Lansing, working with MSU College of Music students ahead of a Wharton Center concert tonight. WKAR’s Scott Pohl spent some time with two members of Imani Winds to discuss their work and their plans for tonight’s performance.


Jeffrey Seller, Hamilton
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The musical 'Hamilton' begins its 3-week run at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on May 14. The producer behind the mega-hit is a Michigan native, who spoke with WKAR about bringing his life's mission of inclusivity to the big stage.


Carlin Ma

Elliot Wuu is only a teenager and the Lansing Symphony has brought him to town to help close their concert season at the Wharton Center.


Courtesy: MSU College of Music

Michigan’s State’s College of Music is teaming up with MSU’s James Madison College to present a Symphony. But one with a lot of emotional weight to it. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with a bass-baritone and a Holocaust historian.


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