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College of Music presents inaugural non-stop showcase, collage of sound Sept. 28

Premiere Music Event Celebrating MSU’s Year of Arts and Culture 2007-08

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Join in the excitement as the MSU College of Music presents its first Collage Concert, a non-stop whirlwind of musical genres on Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m. at Wharton Center.

With an array of performers filling the stage, balcony, and even popping out of alcoves, this energetic showcase will take full advantage of the space in Wharton's Cobb Great Hall and will offer a potpourri of music, featuring the best of the best of the College of Music. The concert will feature a great variety of non-stop short musical performances with a pause only at intermission.

“This is our way of marking the beginning of MSU’s Year of Arts and Culture,” says James Forger, dean of the college. “It will deliver great entertainment while showcasing the breadth and depth of music making in the college.”

The concert will feature student and faculty soloists, including cellist Suren Bagratuni, with the Symphony Orchestra; saxophonist Joseph Lulloff, with the Wind Symphony; and tubist Philip Sinder, with Musique 21, contemporary music ensemble. The rapid pace of the production, boasting nearly 500 performers ranging from soloists to a 110-member orchestra and segments lasting from one-and-a-half to six minutes, leaves no time for applause during this musical extravaganza.

College of Music ensembles performing include:
Wind Symphony
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Choral Ensembles
Musique 21
Symphony Orchestra
Trombone Choir
Jazz Orchestra I (the Be-Bop Spartans)

The production is being orchestrated by Kevin Sedatole, director of Michigan State University bands. “We want to introduce the community to a concert that covers many genres and musical periods and represents cultures from all around the world,” says Sedatole.

“With a fast-paced, highly produced concert like this, there is something for everyone,” says Forger. “If one selection is not your favorite, give it a minute and you’ll be delighted with the next. It promises to offer a thrilling palette of tonal colors.”

Tickets for the concert are general admission prices – $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and free for students and those under 18 – and can be purchased at the door, at the College of Music Office (room 102 Music Building, West Circle Drive), or at Wharton Center’s Box Office. For more information, call the College of Music Office at (517) 432-5253.

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