Music in the Garden: Slavistar

Venue: W. J. Beal Botanical Garden
Rain Location: Dem Hall Ballroom

Trumpeter Matthew Kay and trombonist Willie Wang, MSU students, are joined by MSU Alum Jonathan Evans, as well as Jonah Magar and Phil Nagar.

Pull up a blanket or chair at the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and enjoy the ambience of music and garden flora during MSU’s free outdoor concert series featuring MSU College of Music chamber groups. Free tours of the garden will begin immediately after the concert, at 8 PM.

Rain location is the Demonstration Hall Ballroom (229 Dem Hall Rd).


Slavistar will perform a mix of music from the Balkans and the United States. The program will include music from Goran Bregović’s soundtrack to the movie, Underground, traditional folk songs from Serbia, Romani-style arrangements of jazz and popular tunes, and New-Orleans style brass music. Dancing is encouraged.

Slavistar was founded in 2013 by a group of students at MSU. Slavistar is inspired by the music of the Romani people from the Eastern European countries of Serbia, Macedonia and Romania. Founding member, Matthew Kay, traveled to Serbia to study the music and work learn from the Romani musicians there. Blending both traditional folk styles with rock, soul and funk influences, Slavistar seeks to entertain and engage communities, while sharing about the culture of where the music comes from.

Garden Tour: Plants Toxic to Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Join Beal Botanical Garden curator Peter Carrington in a tour of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden to look at the plants we want to control for the good of our animal companions. It is so much easier to deal with these plants before they cause an injury or emergency amongst our quadruped loved ones. Garden tours will take place immediately following the concert.

The MSU Food Truck and Dairy Store ice cream will be on site for the audience to enjoy.

For more information about the Beal Botanical Gardens, including tours call (517) 884-8486 or vist their website.

This event is free and open to the public.


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