An Extraordinary Season in Reinvented Venues

Exceptional talent plus exceptional spaces makes for an extraordinary season of performances from the MSU College of Music.

From chamber and classical to Latin and swinging jazz, listeners of all musical persuasions will find something to like in the 2014-15 season that runs September through May. Patrons, too, will enjoy the added bonus of attending events in Cook Recital Hall and Fairchild Theatre—both recently reinvented to augment sound quality, comfort, and views.

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To mark the first full concert year of the renovated Fairchild Theatre, the College will kick-off the musical season with Fairchild Fanfare. Part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series, this fast-paced montage features ensembles and soloists who call Fairchild home—including choirs, jazz groups, faculty artists, chamber music groups, new music ensembles, and opera.

"This concert showcases the extraordinary talents of our students and faculty artists whom we are privileged to host at Fairchild Theatre," says James Forger, dean of the College of Music. "We're proud to offer such exciting and diverse programming, and we are grateful for the generosity and support of our donors, our university, and the community." 

Familiar and joyful favorites fill the season, including holiday events like A Jazzy Little Christmas and MSU's Home for the Holidays. Other popular concerts include Piano Monsteran exhilarating event that features MSU piano faculty performing arrangements for eight hands on four grand pianos. 

The MSU Opera Theatre will awe audiences with two fully staged and costumed operas at Fairchild, including Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in November, and Handel's Xerxes in March. The Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series also returns for its fifth year to celebrate the great works of master composers like Vivaldi, Schubert, Mozart, and Ravel in October, November, January and March. And for one week in April, acclaimed faculty and internationally renowned guest artists will headline the 15th annual Stanley and Selma Hollander Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival.

Throughout the season, Best of the Best recitals by up to 26 faculty and 23 guest artists will feature works that have inspired audiences throughout the world. And no musical season at MSU would be complete without the numerous performances by the talented graduate and undergraduate students comprising the MSU Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Wind Symphony and Choral Ensembles, led by acclaimed MSU conductors.

"Their passion for music shines through their performances," says Conductor Kevin Noe of the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

"Our talented musicians are equipped to play on both the local and national stages," says Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor of the Wind Symphony and director of bands. "We will be presenting some world premieres and featuring guest composers who will be on campus offering their personal insight to our ensemble members."

"They marry their voice together to create a perfect harmony," says David Rayl, director of choral programs and associate dean for graduate programs.

"As faculty, we teach our students to conduct themselves with their own artistic expression to become the next generation of musicians," says Rodney Whitaker, director of jazz studies.

For a complete schedule of the more than 100 recitals and concerts presented by the College of Music, see our listing online.

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