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Thursday, January 31,2013

Depot gets new shot at history

BWL gives REO Town's Grand Trunk railroad station $2.8 million makeover

by Lawrence Cosentino
A strangely lopsided, unlikely architectural tableau has opened to view on South Washington Avenue in Lansing's REO Town. Deep in the south shadow of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's mountainous new co-generation power plant, nearing completion and set to go on line in July, sparkles a storybook-castle Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot, newly restored by the BWL to its 1903 glory.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

The next riff

$1 million gift to MSU Jazz Studies program is a 'game-changer'

by Lawrence Cosentino
As seductive in college as it was in the clubs, jazz has long had the power to coax open a well-placed wallet, but a recent gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union to Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program is in a class by itself.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Music for a fading empire

BBC Orchestra, Keith Lockhart brings high British melancholy to Wharton

by Lawrence Cosentino
Forget FDR and Churchill, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl or fond nods from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. The "special relationship" between Britain and America was really cinched in 2002 when Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart was named music director of the very British BBC Concert Orchestra.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Leaning on love

MSU's annual musical King tribute stretches a big tent bigger

by Lawrence Cosentino
Michigan State University's annual musical and spoken word tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is still known by its original name, "Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest" — a big tent to begin with — but MSU Jazz Studies chief Rodney Whitaker keeps stretching it bigger and bigger.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

The sweet smell of failure

At 50, MSU grad Rose Cooper brings hope to slackers everywhere

by Lawrence Cosentino
Inspiration can be a drag. Take the guilt-inducing paragons who taunt us on the interstate: "Climbed Everest. Blind." Desmond Tutu, Steve Jobs, Jackie Robinson. Sure, we can relate. Thank God, millions of mortal screw-ups have Lansing's Rose Jangmi Cooper, the singing motorcycle dreadlock woman, to look up to.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Wooed, wowed and overwhelmed

Lansing Symphony, violinist Philippe Quint go for the jugular in first concert of 2012

by Lawrence Cosentino
Imagine two contrasting romantic scenes. In the first, a beautiful person comes into sudden view, coils around you and bite-kisses your lower lip without mercy for about 17 minutes. In the second, you spot a breathtaking beauty under a waterfall in the woods, sit down and swoon quietly on a crag for an hour, unobserved.
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Thursday, January 3,2013

And in this corner…

The opening bell rings on 5th annual top of the town slugfest

by Lawrence Cosentino
Scene: the refrigerated dressing room of Kid California, a fighting piece of sushi past his prime. It's after midnight. Kid's trainer, Salm Salmon, is rubbing him down.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Of movies and monuments

'Red Violin,' Brahms anchor first LSO concert of 2013

by Lawrence Cosentino
The birches are bare and solace is scarce in mid-Michigan, but the Lansing Symphony's first concert of 2013 promises a pore-clearing steam bath of epic proportions.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Pieces of Marta

Cellist's CD project has global spin

by Lawrence Cosentino
When 24-year-old Okemos cellist Marta Bagratuni thought about making a debut CD, she dreaded soldiering through a "normal" recital of well-worn classics. Instead, she came up with "Pieces of the World," an adventurous array of music by composers from Italy, Estonia, Armenia, Poland, Austria, China, Ukraine, and the United States.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Ten Who Died in 2012

by Lawrence Cosentino
It wasn't hard to gather 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2012 into this year-end bouquet. Only three rules were needed.
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