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MasterWorks Concerts

MasterWorks 2

11/10/2017 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

David Rayl, Conductor
Sara MacKimmie, Soprano
Meg Bragle, Mezzo-Soprano
Steven Tharp, Tenor

University Chorale

MSU Choral Union

State Singers


BACH:                   Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

VIVALDI:            Gloria 

HANDEL:            Foundling Hospital Anthem


The three most-revered composers of the Baroque era are featured in this program of spirted choral and instrumental masterpieces. Joining the LSO for this program will be the voices of the University Chorale, MSU Choral Union and State Singers who are sure to take you on a heavenly ride. 

MasterWorks 3

1/6/2018 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
David Cooper, Horn

RAVEL:                Le Tombeau  de Couperin

GLIERE:              Horn Concerto

BEETHOVEN:   Symphony No. 2


Principal Horn of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic and Grand Ledge native, David Cooper, brings Gliere’s romantic Horn Concerto to life for his Lansing Symphony homecoming debut. Ravel's colorful yet melancholy homage to a musical ancestor, and Beethoven’s Second Symphony, a joyous work written during a time of great personal grief, round out this program.  

MasterWorks 4

2/10/2018 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Violin

MOZART                             The Marriage of Figaro Overture

MENDELSSOHN              Violin Concerto

KORNGOLD                       Symphony in F-sharp


"Absolutely phenomenal"... words used by the legendary Yehudi Menuhin to describe violinist Yi-Jia Hou.  Performing Mendelssohn’s masterful and beloved Violin Concerto, Hou is sure to leave the audience in awe. In his Symphony, Korngold brings to the concert stage the same sweeping and reminiscent musical style for which he was recognized by the film industry as among the first Academy Award Winning composers. 

MasterWorks 5

3/24/2018 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
Hong Hong, Cello

JAMES NIBLOCK:            Three American Dances

SAINT-SAENS:                  Cello Concerto No. 1

SIBELIUS:                           Symphony No. 3


In celebration of his 100th birthday, this program opens with a composition of James Niblock, former concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony. The Symphony also celebrates a current Principal player, Cellist Hong Hong, who takes centerstage to share his artistry in Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto.

MasterWorks 6

5/11/2018 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Timothy Muffitt, Conductor
​TBA - Gilmore Young Artist, Piano

ZHOU TIAN:                              Poem from a Vanished Time

RACHMANINOFF                      Piano Concerto No. 2

MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL:           Pictures at an Exhibition


Pictures at an Exhibition exquisitely captures the many characters found in Victor Hartmann’s artwork, from delicate movements to powerful statements such as the work's finale, The Great Gate of Kiev. This composition has secured Hartmann a place in history, and an unforgettable conclusion to this season!