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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Absolute Music ventures into the night Friday

by Lawrence Cosentino
But the most attractive part of Absolute Music is the chance to get close and personal with an A-Team of Michigan State University and Lansing Symphony musicians, including pianists Deborah Moriarty and Derek Polischuk, Richard Sherman on flute, and Yuri Gandelsman on viola.
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Wednesday, March 9,2011

Out of the maw of Minnesota

Globetrotting St. John’s Chorus makes a stop in Lansing during national spring tour

by Lawrence Cosentino
When the 46-voice St. John’s University Men’s Chorus rattles the apses and naves of Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Saturday, local music lovers will have a chance to witness one of America’s regional wonders without hitting the interstate..
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

The green and the black

Coal-fired MSU moves toward energy transition

by Lawrence Cosentino
Holding hand-made valentines with slogans like “clean energy = true love,” a series of student speakers pushed MSU’s “Be Spartan Green” slogan up against the reality of its T.B. Simon Power Plant, the largest on-campus coal-burning power plant in the nation and one of the largest 500 coal plants in the nation.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Brohn’s ’Alhambra’ premieres Saturday

Double concerto was inspired by Washington Irving

by Lawrence Cosentino
Master orchestrator and arranger (and Michigan State University alum) William Brohn has crafted many award-winning sonic canvases, from Broadway’s "Miss Saigon," "Wicked" and "Ragtime" (for which he won a Tony for best orchestrations) to intense new takes on Prokofiev’s "Ivan the Terrible" and "Alexander Nevsky.
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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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