Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest Concert

Venue: Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

MSU Jazz

Photo: Jazz Orchestra 2 conducted by Michael Dease on stage at Fairchild Theatre.
Jazz Orchestra II, conducted by Michael Dease.


A commemorative concert celebrating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., features MSU Jazz Orchestras and special guests.

Two performances, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please note, the 3:00 p.m. is SOLD OUT.

This event is part of the week-long 40th Anniversary celebration January 18–24 coordinated by MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. This year’s celebratory theme, “Still I Rise,” a poem by Maya Angelou, highlights the accomplishments of and equal rights given to women in America.

Michael Dease will conduct MSU Jazz Orchestra II for the concert. Featured guests in the program will include speaker A. Van Jordan, American poet and professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan;­ Tiffany Gridiron, vocals; Robyn Smith, trombone; and Nicole Glover, tenor saxophone. Jazz compositions arranged by Gina Benalcazar, Christopher Glassman and Jordyn Davis. 

Tickets are required for admission

Call 517-353-5340 or pick-up from the College of Music main office, Music Building, Room 102 (333 W. Circle Drive) M-F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed 12–1 p.m. 12/16–1/3). Closed full days 12/24–25 and 12/31–1/1. Remaining tickets made available at the door. Please note: Unclaimed will call tickets will be released 10 minutes prior to the event. 

Generously sponsored by Patrick McPharlin.

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