New Season of Music, Full of Celebrations

Posted at 1:48 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 15:21:10-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are invited to join the MSU College of Music for a year of celebrations as several musical anniversaries align with the dedication of the college’s state-of-the-art music pavilion and building expansion.

The 2019-2020 “A Season of Celebrations” will showcase milestones for some of the College’s most recognizable series and programs. Notable anniversaries include the 10th annual Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series, the 20th annual Ken and Sandy Beall Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival, and the 5th annual Taylor Johnston Early Music Series. The 40th annual Jazz Spectacularwill close the jazz season in the spring. Special symphonic, wind symphony, and concert bands performances will resound across campus in the fall and spring as the college celebrates 150 years of university bands. The dedication and ribbon cutting of the Billman Music Pavilion and 35,000-square foot addition on April 17 will further energize the season, symbolizing new directions and opportunity for the college and community.

“We’re inviting everyone to celebrate with us and experience the wide array of music the College has to offer by joining us at one or more events during this spectacular season,” said James Forger, dean of the College of Music. “Music lovers, patrons and sponsors in our community have partnered with us through all these years to make our high quality musical productions both possible and meaningful. Recently renovated spaces with acoustical excellence and comfort in venues like Fairchild Theatre, Cook Recital Hall, and now, the rehearsal and performance halls in the Billman Music Pavilion, make attending our performances even more enjoyable. It’s our turn to say thank you—again, and again, and again.”

“A Season of Celebrations” runs September through April and will feature a rich variety of superb classical and jazz performances by excellent artists including faculty, students, acclaimed visiting musicians and cutting-edge new music groups. Audiences will also be awed by two fully-staged operas, new and early music ensembles, jazz performances through the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program, and fan-favorite seasonal events.
In addition to the series events, audiences can enjoy numerous general admission recitals and performances by MSU orchestras, bands, jazz and choral ensembles, and the Artist-faculty Recital Series sponsored by WKAR. College of Music events take place at Fairchild Theatre, the Cobb Great Hall in Wharton Center, Cook Recital Hall and Demonstration Hall.

Tickets to this full season of events are available to the public and go on sale starting August 20.

Dates for events series and special celebrations are listed on the next page. For more information about “A Season of Celebrations,” visit the website [].

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