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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Up and down the escalator

THE RISE AND FALL OF KNAPPīS DEPARTMENT STORE

by Lawrence Cosentino
Today, shoppers shamble, zombie-like, through harshly lit megastores with selfcheckouts and few flesh-and-blood points of contact. The sight of the refurbished Knappīs Centre in late October 2014, lit up and looking ready for another Christmas rush, left Auburn Hills-based architect Bruce Kopytek with one wish. Kopytek is the author of a book on Jacobsonīs Department Store and a Knappīs buff.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Vegan eagle

SYMPHONY REVIEW: Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ soars benignly at LSO choral blowout

by Lawrence Cosentino
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 —'Conductor David Rayl had a grand design for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra choral extravaganza. He wanted listeners to gear up for Bruckner’s towering “Te Deum,” rarely performed live in these parts, by hearing the music of three composers who influenced him. The climb was a little arduous but worthwhile, and the mountain view was glorious when we got there.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Adrenaline and High C

Symphony unleashes Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ in massive choral program

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody reads the arts section to find more things to worry about, but here’s one anyway. Let’s say you go to Saturday’s annual Lansing Symphony choral blowout. Overwhelmed by the sight of some 200 massed choristers and musicians from the MSU Choral Union, State Singers, University Chorale and the full orchestra, you drop your program under the seat. The lights go down.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

The art of absorption

‘Future Returns’ brings panorama of modern Chinese life to Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Making love to history

Preservation Lansing awards recognize projects large and small

by Lawrence Cosentino
The categories have always seemed clear-cut in the annual Preservation Lansing awards, given each year to outstanding historical preservation projects large and small. But one nominee blurred the lines a bit this year. The newly repaired and cleaned mausoleum where auto pioneer Ran...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Bittersweet symphony

Classical tracks to bring on a drinking spree

by Lawrence Cosentino
City Pulse’s Lansing Symphony reviewer offers up a few selections to load up your iPod for a kicking’ bar crawl — old school.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Icarus falling — and rising

Lansing Symphony falters with Kernis, flies with Mendelssohn

by Lawrence Cosentino
The days begin with tender beams of light, but few evenings behave that way. Thanks to Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt’s taste for substantial, unusual curtain-raisers, Saturday night’s opener felt like a celestial wake-up call.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Sock of the new

Young soloist, new music spice up Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
A young piano soloist and a baby-fresh piece of music (by classical standards, at least) promise to liven up Saturday’s Lansing Symphony slate. But Maestro Timothy Muffitt is not rolling the dice. Neither are unproven quantities. In fall 2012, Muffitt brought Colton Peltier (pronounced “pell-tee-air”) in to solo with the Baton Rouge Symphony, which Muffitt also leads. Audience feedback was so positive that Peltier came back a year later to open the 2013-‘14 season.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Extra bass hit

Christian McBride digs in for MSU residency, big band concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
Christian McBride, one of the greatest bassists in jazz history and a veteran of over 300 recordings, has played with Sonny Rollins, James Brown and Sting. He’s traded licks with Philadelphia rappers, Egyptian oud players and opera diva Renée Fleming. He doesn’t believe in saying “no.”
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Still tuned to Heaven

Historic landmark St. Paulīs Episcopal Church turns 100

by Lawrence Cosentino
A century of storms and lulls havenīt put much of a dent in St. Paulīs Episcopal Church in downtown Lansing. The arched mass of stained glass embedded in the churchīs south wall, facing the state Capitol on Ottawa Street — the glorious Te Deum Laudamus window — still makes the church look like a giant vintage radio, tuned to Heaven.
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