Yo-Yo Ma is a curious man. His Wharton Center concert Monday is sold out, but he agreed to a phone interview with City Pulse anyway. That never happens, let alone with the world’s most famous classical musician. What is more, Ma did some research on his obscure Lansing interviewer so he could have a real conversation with me. That never happens, either.
Back in the Oldsmobile days, the annual swarming of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra with the three MSU choral groups was a bit of a slog, even if you weren’t related to one of the 400-odd performers on stage. (And who wasn’t?)
Nordic musicians don’t fool around. They conjure up a universe and dare you to bask in it while it’s still steaming. Take a sauna and an icy dip with soaring Finnish symphonist Jean Sibelius, elemental Icelandic goddess Bj'rk or ecstatic Estonian composer Arvo P'rt, and you’re scoured from the inside out.
Alison Gass, the Broad Museum’s curator since it opened in November 2012, was named the museum’s new deputy director over the weekend. She will remain curator as well. Before coming to the Broad, Gass, 36, was assistant curator of painting and sculpture at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.
Wednesday, Nov. 6 — People who are tempted to come 10 minutes late to Saturday’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert to avoid nine minutes of exposure to 12-tone music need to spend five minutes with music director Timothy Muffitt.