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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Hey, elk, look up

Symphony, guest cellist bring great outdoors to Wharton concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
For all the fiddlers, fandooglers and foom-boomers crowding the stage at Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert, two distinct figures linger in my mind. I’ll start with the obvious one: Soloist Bion Tsang. For better or worse, in motion or stasis, through reverie and hysteria, the evening’s guest cellist made it impossible to take your eyes off of him. Not that he was showing off. He seemed determined to take a seemingly cornball piece of music, Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” and wring maximum meaning and drama from every bit. He was all business, ear cocked for every cue from the orchestra and maestro Timothy Muffitt.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

‘The Voice’ by proxy

Cellist Bion Tsang sings with a cello at Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
Austin-based cellist Bion Tsang, guest soloist for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert, coaches youth football, loves to roughhouse with his three young kids and has a great laugh. He sounds like a guy most people can relate to. Yes and no.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

A cup from the river of life

10 who died in 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
At the end of every year, I drop a dented dipper into the river of life and look at the lives of 10 people from the Lansing area who died in the past year. They are not all famous or accomplished, but they are worth remembering.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

My heart bleeds

Jesse Jackson, Lansing area mourners remember Rev. Michael Murphy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Shocked at the death Sunday of longtime Lansing political and pastoral leader the Rev. Michael Murphy, friends are finding solace in the memory of a principled public figure and empathic friend. "Itīs an overwhelming sadness. My heart bleeds," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a phone interview Monday. "I knew him as a very conscientious freedom fighter who sought racial justice and reconciliation."
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Year of the Long Pinch

Unforgettable jazz and classical moments of 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you love jazz and classical music and you live in the Lansing area, you only needed six words in your vocabulary to describe this year’s schedule: “Pinch me. I must be dreaming.” A relentless run of top-drawer musical experiences, most of them related in some way to the stellar MSU College of Music, made 2014 the Year of the Long Pinch.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Their final battle

Auction of female action figures will benefit The Women's Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nancy Lombardi vigorously shook a heavy crystal globe with Wonder Woman inside, fists akimbo. The fluid swirled with sparkly pain from freshly punched enemies. Or maybe it was Amazon magic. "Isnīt that cool?" Lombardi, 68, had to summon up super strength to lift the globeīs base, as massive as the Temple of Minerva, let alone shake it. She admitted to ordering it by mistake from a nowdefunct comic store on Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Slide on in, the jazz is fine

Trombonist Robin Eubanks barnstorms for a week with MSU’s Jazz Orchestra

by Lawrence Cosentino
Robin Eubanks is one of the top trombonist-composer-arrangers in jazz, but “genius” talk isn’t his style. The latest international jazz star to take part in MSU’s Jazz Studies residency series doesn’t hide behind the mystique of improvisation, no matter how miraculous it might seem to outsiders.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

When parallels meet

MSU’s jazz and classical armies rendezvous and conquer

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are risks to putting jazz and classical musicians together. When Duke Ellington unleashed his first big jazz-symphony hybrid, “A Tone Parallel to Harlem,” in 1951, photographers swarmed the stage. (Ellington made news taking a bath, let alone blending a symphony orchestra with his big band.) A flash bulb exploded and fell on the balding head of a string-bass player, according to a review the next day.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Silent servants

Lansingīs Victim Advocate Program needs help comforting families and friends of trauma victims

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are certain things you should never say to someone who has suddenly lost a loved one: “Sheīs in a better place,” or “It’s God’s will,” or “you can have more kids.” Thatīs a small part of the training for Lansing’s Victim Advocate Program, an all-volunteer force that speeds to trauma scenes alongside police to help grieving survivors.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Little mermaid, big message

Author packs transgender girl's be-yourself-ness into vibrant children's book

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Pretending I was a boy felt like telling a lie.” “I Am Jazz” touches piano keys no other children’s book touches, but the last chord has a familiar ring: Be yourself. A mermaid-loving Florida girl, 14-yearold Jazz Jennings is swimming into mainstream culture to become the smiling face of transgender youth. In her wake, a brightly hued book about her life is darting upstream into schools, libraries and stores.
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