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All MasterWorks and Pops concerts are in Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Chamber concerts are in Molly Grove Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, and Jazz Band concerts are in Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre.

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Beethoven's 9th

11/4/2016 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Raquel Gonzales, Soprano
Jazimina MacNeil, Mezzo-Soprano
Dominic Armstrong, Tenor
Jonathan Beyer, Baritone
University Chorale, MSU Choral Union & State Singers

HANDEL - Zadok the Priest
CORIGLIANO - Gazebo Dances
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9

Beethoven’s grandiose and final symphony, Symphony No. 9, has a humanistic element which people all over the world find compelling. Joined by the MSU Choral Union, State Singers and University Chorale, experience the journey for yourself, with a final movement that will leave you breathless!




Contempus Quartet

11/13/2016 3:00 PM
Molly Grove Chapel

Ji Hyun Kim, Violin
Sarah Patterson, Violin
Christine Beamer, Viola
Jinhyun Kim, Cello

MOZART - Divertimento in F Major, K. 138
SCHUBERT -  String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, "Rosamunde"
GLASS - String Quartet No. 5




Holiday Pops

12/11/2016 3:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt
, Conductor
Matt Eldred, Vocalist
MSU Youth Chorale

‘Tis the season! Celebrate the holidays with an afternoon of timeless carols and festive tunes, brought to you by the Lansing Symphony and guests Matt Eldred and the MSU Youth Chorale. Join your friends and family, and capture the joyful spirit of the season for what has become a mid-Michigan community tradition!




Dvorak Cello Concerto

1/7/2017 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy MuffittConductor
Tanya Ell, Cello

STRAVINSKY - Symphony in C
DVORAK - Cello Concerto

Okemos native and Cleveland Orchestra musician, cellist Tanya Ell, returns home for a solo command performance of Dvořák’s beloved Cello Concerto, considered one of the greatest ever written. Complimented by a neoclassic composition that is both traditional and fresh, the first two movements of Symphony in C by Stravinsky were composed in Europe, and the second two in the United States. 




From Spain to the Americas

2/11/2017 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Sharon Isbin, Guitar

LECUONA - Malaguena
TENREIRO - Fuentes
RODRIGO - Concierto de Aranjuez
CHAVEZ - Symphony No. 2, "Sinfonia India"
GINASTERA - Four Dances from "Estancia"
MARQUEZ - Danzon No. 2

“The pre-eminent guitarist of our time” and multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin joins the Lansing Symphony for a flavorful evening of music with Rodrigo’s sultry Concierto de Aranjuez. Traveling musically from Spain to the Americas, prepare yourself for a splashy and energetic night, full of exotic rhythms and rich harmonies! 




Piano Quartet

2/26/2017 3:00 PM
Molly Grove Chapel

Seunghee Lee
, Violin
Roman Kosarev, Viola
Nathaniel Pierce, Cello
Zhihua Tang, Piano

SCHUMANN - Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47
BRAHMS - Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26




Music of Russia

3/4/2017 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Dmitri Berlinsky, Violin

SCHNITTKE - Suite from “The Dead Souls Register”
GLAZUNOV - Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 5

World-renowned violinist and Michigan State University professor Dmitri Berlinsky brings Glazunov’s Violin Concerto to life, lush and romantic in its entirety. Then, embark on an emotional ride that is Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, a work as spectacular as it is enigmatic.




Lansing Symphony Jazz Band

Big Band
3/12/2017 7:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Ron Newman
, Director

The LSO Jazz Band presents 17 of Michigan's finest jazz musicians playing selections ranging from the classics of the big band era to the most current and exciting contemporary pieces.




Star Wars & Beyond: Music of John Williams

4/22/2017 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Stuart Chafetz
Guest Conductor

What would a movie be without its powerful score? Composer John Williams brought movies like Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, Schindler’s List and Jaws to life with his remarkable ability to give films a musical voice. Celebrate the music of this Academy Award winner under the baton of guest pops conductor Stuart Chafetz, and don’t miss this extravaganza featuring the spectacular sounds of the Lansing Symphony.




ArtNova Project

4/30/2017 3:00 PM
Molly Grove Chapel

Tigran Shiganyan
, Violin
Samvel Arakelyan, Violin
Matt Pickart, Viola
Igor Cetkovic, Cello
Marina Stojanovska, Piano

FAURE - Quintet for Piano & Strings in D Minor, Op. 89
FRANCK - Quintet for Piano & Strings in F Minor




Rhythm in Blue, World Premiere

5/19/2017 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Lisa Pegher, Percussion

SMETANA - Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride”
DOOLEY - Percussion Concerto, World Premiere
TORKE - Bright Blue Music
TCHAIKOVSKY - Romeo & Juliet Fantasy

The season comes to a close with an exciting world premiere by Ann Arbor composer, Paul Dooley. His Percussion Concerto comes alive by the hands of talented musician, Lisa Pegher, described as “forcefully balletic” (Boston Globe) and “tremendous” (New York Times). Get whisked away to the bittersweet sounds of Tchaikovsky’s romantic Romeo & Juliet Fantasy, the poetic ending to a memorable season!