MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series

Featuring the musical depth and breadth of excellence at MSU through an eclectic range of performances. Enjoy a collage of music variety, the holiday classics, a vocal arts showcase, and a contemporary classical chamber group from New York City. Both the renovated Fairchild Theatre and the Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center play host to this series.

2018/2019 Season Performances


A Fairchild Fanfare
9/15 Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

A fast-paced montage showcasing a fabulous array of musical talent featuring ensembles and artists who perform in Fairchild Theatre: Jazz, chamber music, new music, and opera by MSU artists.

Generously sponsored by Drs. Lou A. and Roy J. Simon.


Peace, Joy & Songs of the Season
12/8 Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, East Lansing

Bring home the magic and wonder of the holidays with the uplifting sounds of 200 singers and instrumentalists from Choral Union, University Chorale and the MSU Symphony Orchestra as they perform selections from Messiah by George Frideric Handel, Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Christmas Day by Gustav Holst. David Rayl, conductor (General admission seating)

Generously sponsored by an anonymous donor family.


A Jazzy Little Christmas
12/15 Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

Celebrate the season with the MSU Professors of Jazz and friends as they present their festive favorites—a perfect way to swing into the holidays.

Generously sponsored by Wolverine Development Corporation, Joseph Maguire, and Brenda Sternquist.


Eighth Blackbird
4/10 Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. 
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium 

Launched by a group of entrepreneurs from the Oberlin Conservatory in 1996, this Chicago-based super-group has earned its status as “a brand-name—defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality—known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press).

Eighth Blackbird is a guest ensemble made possible through the MSU Federal Credit Union’s Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence Program. This concert is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Crane Group.


Piano Monster
4/20 Saturday, 8:00 p.m. 
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium 

A resounding wall of sound from four grand pianos. The collective virtuosity and artistry of the College of Music “Piano Monsters” fills Fairchild Theatre with a beautiful musical experience you will never forget. 

Generously sponsored by Doug and Brenda Jewell.