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Wednesday, February 16,2011

'It's time to follow through on the dreams I've had'

Fresh from her triumph at the Grammys, Dee Dee Bridgewater brings Lady Day to Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Suddenly, it seemed absurd to do anything normal, but she had to. Her Friday gig at East Lansing’s Wharton Center, and the usual promotional interviews were scheduled before the Grammy dropped..
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Noises Off

Lansing Civic Players close the curtain, change the set and wait for the next act

by Lawrence Cosentino
A new artistic director, Michael Stewart, was installed last month and is already planning the 2011-12 season. This spring, a new board of directors with business savvy will take over the theater, replacing the old membership guild system. Fundraising, day-to-day business and promotion will be kept separate from the artistic side of the operation.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

'Up South' stories

Rodney Whitaker premieres jazz suite at Creole Gallery

by Lawrence Cosentino
Crafting a fivepart mosaic of the great emigration of Southern blacks to the industrial cities of the north, composer/bassist Rodney Whitaker had to dive into cross-currents of racism, hope, self-destruction and forbidden love..
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Body in question

A cold murder case reheats in a MSU forensics lab

by Lawrence Cosentino
The saga of the “mild-mannered murderer” climaxed with a low-speed chase more spectacular than Simpson’s flight in the Bronco.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Between notes

Musical duo blurs East/West boundaries

by Lawrence Cosentino
Kelly plays a Glissentar, a guitar that snakes through the bendy notes and semitones of Indian music ' or Delta blues, depending on his mood. Bringi thrums his fingers and palms on the mridangam, a cylindrical drum with a face on each end, like a hammerhead shark.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Carrying a giant on his shoulder

MSU professor helps reggae legend Isaacs get a last Grammy nod

by Lawrence Cosentino
Right to the end, Isaac Kalumbu called Gregory Isaacs “Mr. Isaacs.”Growing up in Zimbabwe, Kalumbu never imagined he would meet his musical idol, dubbed “ruler of reggae” by The New York Times — let alone hang with him in Jamaica, record with him, and help him get a fourth Grammy nomination.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Smoothies — with a kick

Kondonassis, LSO mix show and substance

by Lawrence Cosentino
Over the past five years, Muffitt has excelled at keeping butts in seats while stretching the brains above them. With each subscription concert, he has found a way to expand Lansing’s classical music experience without sending the squeamish into the streets screaming for Andre Rieu.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Calluses and clouds

Kondonassis brings hard-core harp music to Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
No wonder there’s so much work for Yolanda Kondonassis, the guest soloist at Lansing Symphony’ Orchestra’s Saturday concert Kondonassis has spent the last 20 years demonstrating the harp’s staggering range, from Baroque rigor to Latin fire to French languor and way beyond.
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Napoleon's latest romp

Guitarist bounces into Creole Gallery with ‘little tiny big band’

by Lawrence Cosentino
The duo’s breakout recalls the 1950 Hollywood melodrama “Young Man With a Horn,” in which a hot-headed trumpeter chafes under his bandleader’s predictable, cornball arrangements. As soon as the bandleader’s back is turned, he calls an impromptu jam session with his buddies and swings like mad.
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Thursday, December 23,2010

Polar Disorder

A Christmas story

by Lawrence Cosentino
Albert hated the smell of wet beard. And when Santa took his boots off — talk about climate change. But Santa’s chief of staff was a team player. Albert stood quietly, breathing through his mouth, waiting for Big Red to break the silence.Backsides to the fire, they looked at the ice outside the window. “It’s coming back — no question,” Santa said. “The last two years, especially.” Albert cleared his throat. “Not long term. Experts say, no more summer ice in the Arctic by 2020, maybe sooner.” “Ach…”
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