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Enigma Variations

3/7/2015 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Richard Sherman, Flute

MOZART- Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384
HELMS- Seven Ascents for Flute & Orchestra
ELGAR- Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma), Op. 36

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Join us for a program of intrigue, as mystery lies behind the identities represented in Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations. Mozart incorporated what was known as “Turkish music” into his opera, TheAbduction from the Seraglio, a sound and style that captivated many composers of the time. The Lansing Symphony’s very own Principal Flute, Richard Sherman, brings his exquisite artistry to Helms’ Seven Ascents for Flute & Orchestra. A founding faculty member of the MSU Community Music School, Helms has written choral, instrumental and orchestral works in addition to music for theatre.Along with the great music, this program also highlights some of the remarkable talent we have in the Lansing area!


4/19/2015 3:00 PM
Molly Grove Chapel
Bach Goldberg Variations for String Trio

Tigran Shiganyan, Violin
Irina Banova, Viola
Jinhyun Kim, Cello

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Spectrum: The Music of Motown

4/24/2015 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

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Spectrum is bringing the spirit of Motown and R&B to the Lansing Symphony, and you! This award-winning quartet will take you back through time into the heart and soul of Motown. Revisit the era that changed the face of music, featuring hits such as Just My Imagination, Stand By Me, My Girl and I Heard It Through The Grapevine. With a style of rhythm, blues and pop, this group will have you dancing in your seat!

Jazz Band

5/3/2015 7:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts


5/15/2015 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Aldridge World Premiere

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Melissa Marse, Piano

ROSSINI- Overture to William Tell
ALDRIDGE- Variations on a Folk Tune for Piano & Orchestra
RAVEL- Pavane for a Dead Princess
STRAVINSKY Stravinsky- The Firebird Suite

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Proven to be a musical treasure for all ages, the overture to his opera“William Tell” was Rossini’s most ambitious overture, as it combines picturesque imagery and rousing orchestration. From this we move to the World Premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Variations on a Folk Tune for Piano & Orchestra, performed by pianist Melissa Marse. Equally gifted, in 2012 Aldridge won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Composition,” and Marse has been heralded by The Times-Tribune as “a rare combination of clarity, warmth and technical mastery seldom seen.” First conceived as music for solo piano, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princesswas rescored eleven years later for the modern orchestra. Ravel was a prominent influence on the Russian composer Stravinsky, who wrote the popular and beloved “Firebird” Suite. An instant success, Stravinsky became an overnight sensation and remains a crowd favorite to this day.