Summer outdoor concerts at MSU

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 09:48:06-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University College of Music brightens up the summer with two outdoor music series that are free and open to the public.

Once per month from June through September, the Music in the Garden Concert Series brings a variety of musical styles to one of the most beautiful places on campus. In partnership with the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, this series presents four high quality music performances followed by interesting and informative garden tours.

Themed garden tours this year include Weeds You Can Eat or Not, Plants Toxic to People and Pets, Medicinal Plants, and Toxic Plants and Their Roles in the Insect World. Concerts happen rain or shine with the rain location set in the lower gym of the IM Circle, 308 West Circle Dr., adjacent to the garden (excluding 9/5).

The Music in the Garden Concert Series 2019 schedule includes:

Spartan Student Jazz Ensemble

Tues., 6/25, 7-8 pm; garden tour immediately follows

Always entertaining, a select group of MSU Jazz Studies students will perform soul, swing, blues and straight ahead jazz sure to get your toes tapping.

Piano and Voice

Thur., 7/11, 7-8 pm; garden tour immediately follows

Mezzo-Soprano Christine Roberts, baritone Peter Boylan, and pianist Ling Lo present an evening of vocal show stoppers and hidden gems featuring jazz, opera, art song and Broadway standards.

Harpist Belle Coty

Thur., 8/15, 7-8 pm; garden tour immediately follows

MSU harp student Belle Coty brings to life calm summer themes like flowing water, children playing in the fields, and dancing among the flowers.

Modum Percussion Duo

Thur., 9/5, 6-7 p.m.; garden tour immediately follows

Take a musical journey of rhythmic intrigue, exploring rhythm in numerous ways with music influenced by pop, Brazilian, minimalist, classical, and other contemporary percussion genres.

A perfect way to enjoy a relaxing summer evening, the Music in the Garden series is enhanced even more by the Eat at State Food Truck and MSU Dairy Store who provide the tasty treats.

In addition to the garden series, the MSU College of Music presents the 23rd Annual Muelder Carillon Series featuring excellent carilloneurs from around the world and right here in Greater Lansing. The bells of Beaumont Tower will be ringing throughout July when Bernard Winsemius of Amsterdam, Netherlands (July 3), Gijsbert Kok of The Hague, Netherlands (July 10), Steven Karp of Vancouver, British Columbia (July 17), MSU carillonneur Ray McLellan (July 24), and Sally Harwood of Williamston, Michigan (July 31) share their artistry. All concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.

So pull up a lawn chair, lounge on a picnic blanket, bask in the beauty of two amazing spots on campus, and enjoy the music. Your soul will thank you. Learn more about upcoming events at

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