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Wednesday, May 15,2013

A hard night's work

Lansing Symphony, O'Riley rile up Rachmaninoff, kill off Juliet

by Lawrence Cosentino
Leo Tolstoy was quite a bastard — check out his wife's diary for some hair-raising stories — but he made a good point now and then. He once asked arch-Romantic composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, with typical cruelty, "Is such music needed by anyone?"
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

On a roll

Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt signs on for three more years

by Lawrence Cosentino
Audiences trust him. Musicians love to play for him. He digs the Lansing Lugnuts. Best of all, after seven years as Lansing Symphony music director, Timothy Muffitt has cans of symphonic whoop-ass he hasn't even opened yet.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

On and off the trail

A peek at the 2013-'14 season

by Lawrence Cosentino
Would you rather watch a Ken Burns video or be airdropped straight to Yosemite? Classical music's perennial favorites are a lot like the national parks. The crags of Brahms' Fourth Symphony, the mesas of Mozart's Requiem or the arches of the "Polovtsian Dances" are best experienced first hand. That's reason enough for the Lansing Symphony to bring them alive in 2013-'14.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

The case for Sergei marriage

Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev make for double Russian climax to symphony season

by Lawrence Cosentino
As far as anybody knows, these two guys don't compare tattoos, but there's a palpable rapport between Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt and Christopher O'Riley, the guest soloist for the Lansing Symphony season finale.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Xanadu at Medovue

English Inn tour peels back secrets of a 1927 country estate

by Lawrence Cosentino
When choosing her jewelry for the night, the lady of the house could reach under the vanity and press a hidden button, revealing a secret panel in the bathroom. It was probably also used to hide hooch during Prohibition.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Burn after reading

All-star '8' brings gay marriage debate to Lansing, hoping to end it

by Lawrence Cosentino
A timeless saga of the human spirit that will inspire generations to come? Screw that. “Our hope is that this play will be obsolete in two years,” Chad Badgero declared. On Friday, Badgero directs a star-studded, one-time-only staged reading of “8,” a mult...
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Wednesday, May 1,2013

Get on my lawn!

Front-yard gardeners kill the turf and woo the world with food and flowers

by Lawrence Cosentino
Everybody wants to brag about his garden, right? Maybe get it into the newspaper? "I'm not interested," an 80-ish woman in her bathrobe said curtly at the curb. "Not interested."
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Blue-sky run

Pain, politeness and pride at the 2013 Lansing Marathon

by Lawrence Cosentino
The quick hustled past the dead at Mile 9 of the 2013 Lansing Marathon early Sunday morning, as hundreds of runners streamed down the slope of northbound Aurelius Road and rounded the hills of Mt. Hope Cemetery, dotted with headstones and mausoleums, for the return loop downtown.
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Growing the pie

Big lineup announced for East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
While other jazz festivals shrivel, a three-way alliance among the City of East Lansing, the Wharton Center and the Michigan State University College of Music has led to more depth and breadth than ever for Greater Lansing's early summer jazz fix, June 21-22.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Uvulas, Yuri, Yo-Yo and you

Wharton Center's classical and jazz lineup bring big names, big orchestras, top singers

by Lawrence Cosentino
There aren't a lot of classical and jazz dates on the Wharton Center's 2013-14 schedule, but what's there is "cherce," as Tracy once said of Hepburn. Marquee names like Russia's St. Petersburg Philharmonic, star cellist Yo-Yo Ma and top-selling jazz singer Diana Krall head the lineup for 2013-14, announced Monday night.
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