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Wednesday, February 27,2013

A vote for the orchestra

Lansing Symphony Orchestra wants your advice on its summer concert

by Dylan Sowle
Will “Billie Jean” or “Angie” get a chance to waft down the Grand River in downtown Lansing? The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is getting a head start on its summer concert in the park this year by asking you to choose what music you want to hear. 

The orchestra opens public voting today to decide on the music for their Adado Riverfront Park concert on June 5, starting Lansing´s 20th annual free Concert In the Park series. The choices consist of songs by Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones or a medley of ‘80s tunes. Voting is unlimited and can be done at the orchestra´s website, lansingsymphony.org. 

Marketing director Rachel Santorelli said the symphony wanted to make a more interesting concert by giving the audience a crucial role in the show.

“If the majority of people want the hits of Michael Jackson, that´s what we´ll give them,” said Santorelli. “It´s nice to get the community involved in our performances.”

 The symphony will play alongside one of several outside groups, depending on which program is selcted.   which will be brought in to contribute vocals and additional instruments.  

The deadline is April 8. After that, you have to wait until summer to see if you’ll have to “Beat It” or if you’ll be “Waiting on a Friend.”

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