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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Long arms of Orchestrion

Guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny extends his reach

by Lawrence Cosentino
There’s a good reason Pat Metheny will lug hundreds of pounds of acoustic instruments and state-of-the-art gadgetry to MSU’s Wharton Center Friday. He’s going back to the basics. Metheny, a lifelong plugger-in of exotic guitar enhancements, has turned his han- kering for tinkering to acoustic ends.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Movements and moves

Cirque de la Symphonie serves up flying bodies and soaring music

by Lawrence Cosentino
It sounds like a three-ring circus, but Allen stressed that the show doesn’t call for more than two artists to be on stage at a time. “They’re not there to be a distraction from the orchestra, but to enhance the whole concert experience,” Allen said..
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Stealth health

Sparrow Hospital sneaks healthy food through the back door

by Lawrence Cosentino
On a recent Wednesday, shiny tomatoes and cheery flowers perked up a yellowish, institutional-looking hallway in the basement of Sparrow Hospital’s gigantic Lansing campus.Misha Keenan, an O.R. nurse, stumbled upon a strategically placed stand of locally grown fruits and veggies from Lansing’s Urbandale Farms on her way to the cafeteria.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

The sound of muzhik

Gurt, Lansing Symphony roll out Russian revelry

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Russians have a proverb: The only tool you really need is an ax. Michael Gurt, a brilliant pianist with a bearish frame, untucked shirt and savage glee in his eyes, kicked through classical decorum to hew, hack and finesse his way through Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto Friday night with maestro Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

Staying power

Sarah Chang continues a lifelong journey at Wharton

by Lawrence Cosentino
To get into Sarah Chang, you have to get over Sarah Chang. It seems she has. Chang, 29, can’t believe her 20th anniversary disc is due next year. “That’s kind of shocking, actually,” the violinist said when reached by phone at a gig in Hong Kong. At first, people marveled at her, as if she came to Earth from Alpha Centauri’s accelerated conservatory of music. Since then, amazement had turned into involvement. The prodigy of prodigies has taken her listeners on a passionate, lifelong exploration of sound.
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Thursday, September 30,2010

‘It’s a profession that rotates in your brain’

Uncensored talk from Hollywood legend Tony Curtis

by Lawrence Cosentino
The diction of a thug, the soul of a poet and a complete lack of inhibition were three of the most charming things about actor Tony Curtis, who died Thursday. Back in 2002, Curtis came to East Lansing to perform in a musical version of his classic film, “Some Like it Hot.” The extrovert’s extrovert, Curtis said way more than we could fit into the story at the time, but now his passing Thursday at age 85 seems like a good time to uncork some heady Hollywood hooch.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Body and soul

Tierney Sutton Band pleases flesh, spirit

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Here I am, I’m a performer, I go out there and sing. I try to get on the treadmill so I look OK. Why doesn’t anybody hit on me?” But that’s how the sultry, silken-tressed singer wants it. Oh, it’s OK to lust after Sutton, but try to keep your libido metaphorical, in accordance with the writings of 13th-century Muslim Sufi mystic Rumi.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Taking a classic to court

Taking a classic to court Mark Twain testifies at ’Trial of Tom Sawyer’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Would modern DNA forensics have saved Tom from being smacked upside the head by Aunt Polly for the sugar bowl broken by his brother, Sid? Aunt Polly, though well-meaning, has a disturbing penchant for corporal punishment, leaving her open to several serious battery charges.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

’Door’ to discovery

’Door’ to discovery Williamston drama examines racial identity

by Lawrence Cosentino
Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam Rd., Williamston Sept. 23-Oct. 17 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 3 p.m. matinees Sat., Oct. 2 and Thurs., Oct. 16 Pay-What-You-Can Thursday, Sept. 23 Preview performances $15 (through Sept. 30); beginning Oct.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Two for the history books

Ralph Votapek and Walter Verdehr renew a 42-year-old partnership

by Lawrence Cosentino
The two stalwart “V”s of MSU instrumental music will carry on a 42-year tradition of annual duo concerts when they take the stage together at the MSU Music Building Auditorium. They’ll wade into a typically hefty program of Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok, with a cinnamon swirl of Spanish composer Joaquin Turina for dessert.
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