Lansing Symphony Orchestra Announces 85th Season

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Announces 85th Season

By FOX 47 News . CREATED May 14, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce their 85th season, continuing under Music Director and Conductor, Timothy Muffitt. This season will bring in world-renowned guest artists, feature classic works as well as contemporary pieces, and highlight Lansing’s own talented musicians. In addition to a high-quality MasterWorks and Pops Series, the season will offer additional opportunities where patrons can enjoy both music and the people behind the music. Subscriptions are now on sale, and new subscribers save 25% by calling the LSO box office at 517-487-5001. Subscribers benefit from discounts, access to the best seats and the opportunity to keep their seats, plus flexibility in exchanges and cancellations. More information online at

The MasterWorks Series includes music that spans the ages and continents, which includes guest artists from around the world, talent in the Lansing community, and a World Premiere. The season opens with a performance by violinist Yevgeny Kutik performing Bruch’s concert-hall favorite, “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.” Pulling from the remarkable talent in the Lansing area, LSO’s Principal Flutist Richard Sherman will be performing Marjan Helms’ “Seven Ascents for Flute & Orchestra.” Helms is a founding member of the MSU Community Music School as well as an award-winning pianist and composer. Other guest artists include Michigan native and Grammy nominated cellist, Bion Tsang, playing Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello & Orchestra,” and 20-year-old pianist Colton Peltier performing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.” The season also includes crowd favorites such as, Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor,” “The Firebird Suite” by Stravinsky, and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Major,” which was featured in Disney’s 1940 “Fantasia.” Another highlight is the World Premiere of Robert Aldridge’s “Variations on a Folk Tune for Piano & Orchestra,” which is included on the program for the season finale. In 2012, Aldridge won the Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.”

The 2014-2015 Pops Series kicks off with the traditional afternoon Holiday Pops concert, featuring the MSU Youth Chorale and Side-by-Side Student Orchestra. “Wicked Divas: Broadway & Beyond” features Elphaba and Glinda from the Broadway production of “Wicked,” singing selections from beloved Broadway productions. This three-part series ends with a command performance by “Spectrum: The Music of Motown,” an award-winning quartet that will bring the spirit of Motown and R&B to Lansing.

Artistic Director of the Chamber Series, Richard Sherman, has set up four diverse concerts, each combining brilliant musicians with a wide assortment of music. Director Ron Newman will lead the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band in two performances, presenting Michigan’s finest jazz musicians. Special events include “Behind the Scenes” in January, where patrons join musicians on stage during an entire rehearsal, enjoy a dinner beforehand with Maestro Timothy Muffitt, board members and musicians, and gain valuable insight into LSO’s operations and mission. The annual Reverse Raffle fundraising event is scheduled in November, and the formal Black & White Ball will be in May. Continuing in the tradition and mission of the Lansing Symphony, education and community engagements occur throughout the season, of which more information can be found online.