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MSU College of Music presents annual non-stop showcase

Monday, September 8, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich. – MSU College of Music will kick off its fall season with the second annual COLLAGE CONCERT, an evening filled with performances by premiere student ensembles, groups, and faculty soloists. The concert, which will take place on Friday, September 19, at 8 p.m. at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, promises to offer a fast-paced, whirlwind of musical genres and surprises.

In this first concert of four in the MSU Showcase Series at Wharton Center, performers range from small groups to the College of Music’s top ensembles with three artist faculty soloists taking the stage. Yuri Gandelsman, a new College of Music faculty member and former principal violist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform as a soloist with the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Other faculty soloists include soprano Melanie Helton, associate professor of voice, who will also be soloing with the Symphony Orchestra, and Justin O’Dell, new assistant professor of clarinet, who will be playing with the Wind Symphony.

“This highly produced, non-stop concert without applause features the best of the best,” says James Forger, dean of the college. “We are thrilled to present the Collage Concert, where the audience can expect spectacular performances across the board. With more than 500 musicians on stage, the evening will offer something for everyone.”

Repertoire includes:

  • Gershwin Overture to Let ‘Em Eat Cake
  • Berlioz Marche Hongroise from La Damnation de Faust
  • Strauss Fest Musik der Stadt Wien
  • Bernstein Chichester Psalms
  • McAllister Black Dog
  • Vivaldi Concerto No. 4 in F minor “Winter”
  • Jones Little Pixie II

College of Music ensembles performing include:

  • Chorale and State Singers
  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Jazz Orchestra I
  • Musique 21
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Other groups in this talent-filled evening include:

  • International Chamber Players
  • piano soloists
  • short operatic scenes
  • graduate trumpet ensemble
  • bassoon quartet
  • saxophone soloist

Tickets for the concert range from $15-$25 and are only available from Wharton Center Box Office. Wharton Center Box Office can be reached at (517) 432-2000 or (800) WHARTON. For more information, call the College of Music Office at (517) 432-5253.

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