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Wednesday, April 21,2010

More sizzle for your Solstice

Lovano, Somi headline East Lansing jazz festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
Summer jazz forecast for East Lansing: Increased blue notes, with an upswing in swing. Bebop will also be boppier. National headliners Joe Lovano and Somi, quadrupled tent space and a third day of festivities will twist the ratchet another few notches for the 14th Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, set for June 18-20 in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Haas on fire

Pianist brings a swirl of styles to Creole Gallery

by Lawrence Cosentino
Haas’s searching, swinging jazz, swirled with ethnic spice and classical grandeur, is meant to shatter musical walls. Haas gave the Creole Gallery three of its most memorable nights of the last decade. This Friday, the Traverse City pianist-composer will come back for the first time in three years, with a new sextet and a renewed mission.
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Wednesday, April 7,2010

Knapp's wakes up

Sleek Lansing landmark will come back to life

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Knapp’s building, Lansing’s most spectacular but conspicuously vacant downtown landmark, will be restored to its 1930s Art Deco glory for a new life as a high-end retail, office and residential complex, city officials and developers announced Tuesday.
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Wednesday, April 7,2010

Absolute success

New Chamber series wraps up first season

by Lawrence Cosentino
As principal stick man for the Lansing Symphony, Sherman is a conspicuous presence ' look for the silver glint and heaving shoulders ' but the subject of this encounter was Absolute Music, the star-studded classical concert series Sherman launched last fall in Old Town’s Absolute Gallery.
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Tuesday, April 6,2010

Knapp’s wakes up

Sleek Lansing landmark will come back to life

by Lawrence Cosentino
(For an interview with Bob Johnson, director of theLansing Planning and Neighborhood Development Department on this week’s “CityPulse on the Air” radio show, , click here or go www.lansingcitypulse.com.) The Knapp’s building, Lansing’s most...
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Local, vocal, plural

Partnerships, singers dominate Wharton’s upcoming season

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts has to live up to the big “s” on its new glass fa'ade, but it’s not easy. Even the biggest classical, jazz, world and dance acts are usually less lucrative than Broadway shows, and some are downright loss leaders.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

The stillness of Stowell

Visiting guitarist a quiet treasure

by Lawrence Cosentino
Stowell is striking before he plays a note. He holds the guitar at a loving 75-degree angle, like a baby, or a dance partner. It makes the listener feel a bit like a voyeur, but that’s how he gets his fingers around the dense, piano-like harmonies he loves.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Deep in the moment

Violinist Schmidt connects with LSO in rare communion

by Lawrence Cosentino
The vehicle for this rare communion was American Samuel Barber’s 1939 Violin Concerto. It’s music from a time of hope and dread much like ours. Barber’s mix of unabashed yearning and modern turbulence perfectly suited Muffitt, Schmidt and Lansing’s young orchestra.
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Saturday, March 27,2010

Lopsided love

MSU opera has high Juliettitude, low Romeosity

by Lawrence Cosentino
An insidious thought came to me during MSU Opera Theatre’s energetic “Miami Vice” remake of Charles Gounod’s 1867 Shakespearean opera “Romeo et Juliette.” I could flee the hall at halftime — that’s March madness for entr’acte — and walk away whistling the happy marriage duet that ends the opera’s first half. By the time stabbed and poisoned bodies started to pile up on stage, I could have been sipping a latte at Biggby’s while catching up on Kyle Melinn’s column. Even the opera’s doomed lovers agreed to this in principle: Better to slip out of the bedchamber while the nightingale is still singing, before the lark summons the cruel dawn. But I didn’t, and I’m glad. I would have missed the best part of the show.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Laughter, tears and pepperoni

MSU’s Artificial Language Lab celebrates 35 years.

by Lawrence Cosentino
Photos Lawrence Cosentino/City Pulse In 1974, Donald Sherman, disabled by a facial paralysis called Moebius syndrome, became the first person to use a computer voice to order a pizza. Last week he watched a tape of the event in the office of John Eulenberg, director of MSU’s Artificial Language Lab.
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