MSU Music features special guests during ensemble week

Posted at 9:47 AM, Nov 12, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — An exciting week of performances is coming up, and the walls of the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall and MSU Auditorium’s Fairchild Theatre will resound with the performances of the MSU Concert Band, Campus Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Spartan Youth Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. The MSU College of Music is pleased to welcome distinguished guest artists arx duo percussion and Lindsay Kesselman, soprano during the week.

The full schedule includes:

11/19 Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Concert Band/Campus Band
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center
Arris Golden, conductor

O’Toole – Electrons Dancing
Giroux - Our Cast Aways
Ellerby - Paris Sketches
Sousa –The Corcoran Cadets

11/21 Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Wind Symphony
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center
Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor

arx duo, guest percussionists
Lindsay Kesselman, guest soprano

Alford – The Army of the Nile
Schoenberg – Theme and Variations, Op. 43a
Hearne – In Thrall
Mackey – Places We Can No Longer Go

11/24 Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Symphony Band & Spartan Youth Wind Symphony
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center
David Thornton, Arris Golden, conductors

Symphony Band
Alford – The Purple Carnival
Lauridsen/Reynolds – O Magnum Mysterium
Orff/Krance – Carmina Burana

Spartan Youth Wind Symphony
Van der Roost – Mercury Concert March
Danyew – Into the Silent Land
Susato/Dunnigan – Suite from the Danserye

11/26 Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Symphony Orchestra
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Kevin Noe, conductor
Lindsay Kesselman, soprano

Jalbert – Les Espaces Infinis
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 “Classical”
Mackey – Songs from the End of the World (world premiere of orchestra version)

Arx duo percussionists Mari Yoshinaga and MSU alumnus Garrett Arney share a goal to expand the repertoire and versatility of percussion music. Hailed by critics for their “musicianship, intelligence and superb performance,” arx duo travels the country educating young musicians and working with composers to premiere new works for percussion.

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, vocalist Lindsay Kesselman is no stranger to East Lansing. Recently she was featured as a soloist on Antique Violences: the Music of John Mackey, recorded by the MSU Wind Page 2 -endSymphony. Kesselman is a passionate advocate for contemporary music and served eight seasons as resident soprano for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Highlighting the MSU Symphony Orchestra performance are a world premiere of an orchestral version of John Mackey’s Songs from the End of the World, plus an ethereal work written to reflect the timeless and spacious nature of the universe, Les Espaces Infinis (The Infinite Spaces), a melodic meditation of falling chords and musical stillness.

General admission seating: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, free for students and those under 18 with valid ID, and are available from the College of Music box office—in person at the Music Building, Room 102, 333 W. Circle Drive or over the phone at (517) 353-5340—online at, or at the door one hour before the show.

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