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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Keeper of the brick forest

Neogen CEO James Herbert honored for 30 years of restoration work on east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
You can’t put a finger on Neogen CEO James Herbert’s contribution to Lansing’s urban fabric. You need all your fingers and approximately three toes.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Two for one, times two

Soloist Ilya Kaler takes command in double gig with Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Symphony and its fans got at least two twofers when Russian-born violinist Ilya Kaler took the stage as soloist for Saturday’s MasterWorks concert. The most obvious double deal was getting to hear both of Sergei Prokofiev’s violin concertos in one night.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Prodigious pro probes Prokofiev

Ilya Kaler takes on two concertos Saturday with the Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Moscow-born violinist Ilya Kaler digs some heavy inspiration on his car CD player these days: Towering Wagner duets with legendary singers Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad. Kaler is king of his own instrument, but that'euro;'s not enough for him. He has to ride it like a Valkyrie.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Percussion and purity

Symphony serves up spectacle, breaks bread

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra had a stiff creak in it, like a pair of new shoes, at the beginning of Friday’s season opener, but it’s amazing what a little sweat can do.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Permanent 'Buzz'

Long-awaited Old Town sculpture honors Robert Busby

by Lawrence Cosentino
It didn’t take long after Robert Busby’s death in 2007 for people to call for a sculpture honoring Old Town’s guiding spirit. It took a lot longer to make it happen.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Riding high, flying home

Back at MSU, trumpeter Etienne Charles blasts into the Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Etienne Charles is on a “Creole Soul” roll. The Trinidad-born trumpeter/composer/bandleader and youngest of the MSU Professors of Jazz hits Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum Thursday for a back-to-school bash that celebrates Charles’ hot new CD.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Beauty from the beats

Percussionist Lisa Pegher wants to whack lyrical at Lansing Symphony opener

by Lawrence Cosentino
A bomb goes off in a fireworks factory. “Nothing to see here,” a cop barks to the onlookers as fireballs erupt behind him. That’s the paradox of Friday night’s explosive Lansing Symphony opener. (It’s also a scene from the classic ‘80s cop spoof “Police Squad.”) Athletic percussionist Lisa Pegher will join maestro Timothy Muffitt and the home team for a sensesshattering per- cussion concerto by Pulitzer Prizewinning composer Jennifer Higdon.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Appreciating the appreciators

Preservation Lansing award nominations recognize the city's best historic restoration jobs

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope and his partner, Bradly Rakowski, have lived in their 1926 Lansing home at 1402 N. Genesee St. in the West Side neighborhood for 10 years. How long have they been restoring it to original condition? Oh … 10 years. “It’ll be another 10 years at least,” Swope said. “We’re going out feet first,” Rakowski added.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Alley splat

REO Town's first gallery falls victim to early gentrification

by Lawrence Cosentino
The deluxe new sidewalks and bike lanes along South Washington Avenue are barely dry, but Lansing’s post-industrial center of cool has already lost a home for struggling local artists and musicians. Art Alley, the plucky brick REO Town gallery that fired the first volley of art in the resurgence of the old factory district three years ago, will close Monday.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Steamed up

New downtown mural creates deafening clash of symbols

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s big and colorful and science-y and it’s definitely trying to communicate to us. But what is the message? A new 36-foot-by-20-foot mural on the north face of the Impression 5 Science Center has a lot of people scratching their heads. Spoiler alert: If you want the satisfaction of figuring the puzzle out for yourself, don’t read beyond the next two sentences.
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