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Michigan State University to hold ‘thank you’ concert for West Michigan

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Michigan State University College of Music will travel to Grand Rapids on Monday, April 21, to offer a free concert for the West Michigan community. MSU’s Evening of Celebration and Appreciation for West Michigan will begin at 7 p.m. at the DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave.

The fast-paced concert, featuring many different musical groups, was planned by the university to thank the residents of West Michigan for their ongoing support of MSU and for partnering with Michigan State on important projects in the region.

"Michigan State University's many extraordinary partners in West Michigan are helping to transform promising ideas in the region into opportunities and solutions that will benefit the entire state,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “The concert by the Michigan State University College of Music is in appreciation for all of the individuals and organizations whose efforts are making the MSU vision in West Michigan a reality."

MSU’s College of Music will showcase a talented arrangement of musicians, ensembles and soloists. Performances from students and faculty will include the MSU Wind Symphony Brass and Percussion, the H2 Saxophone Quartet, a rendition of Gershwin’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” a piano/tenor duet of Liszt’s “Tre sonetti di Petrarca,” music from Leonard Bernstein’s comic opera “Candide,” and movements from “The Pines of Rome” performed by the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

“The College of Music is delighted to be part of MSU’s ‘thank you’ to the West Michigan community,” said Jim Forger, dean of the College of Music. “The concert will present a wide variety of music that should have broad audience appeal and will represent the exceptional depth of student talent the college currently enjoys.”

The concert will follow groundbreaking ceremonies, which will be held earlier in the day, for the Secchia Center, the future home of the MSU College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids. When completed in 2010, the seven-story, 180,000-square-foot facility will include teaching laboratories, classrooms, offices and student areas, and will be home to nearly 350 medical students.

Those planning to attend the concert are asked to visit the Web at to confirm their attendance for the event.

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