March 12 2014
Cello Plus is an unpretentious name for an ambitious series of chamber music concerts, but that’s just part of its Spartan appeal. For the past 14 years, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni has quietly...
March 5 2014
The arched windows of Lansing’s Eastern High School are webbed with fine tracery that reads like cursive script on a ruled tablet of limestone and brick
Feb. 26 2014
Anyone who spent Michigan’s sub-zero week from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 in the green hills of Trinidad is bound to get envious looks
Feb. 19 2014
When I last talked with larger-than-life Chef Carl Davis, he was in no mood to swap stories about his most storied gig, at the Jambalaya’s on Round Lake in Laingsburg. It was 2006, Jambalaya’s...
Feb. 19 2014
Russia is big, bewitching and infuriating. Yuri Temirkanov, music director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, brings the whole troika to the Wharton Center Monday
Feb. 12 2014
Sergei Kvitko claims to be “clueless” about sports — he can’t tell the Super Bowl from the Rose Bowl — but he has good reason to follow the politics of the 2014 Winter Olympics...
Feb. 12 2014
Carnegie Hall has a big weekend coming up. On Friday, Feb. 21, the Philadelphia Orchestra plays Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony; that Sunday, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax take...
Feb. 5 2014
She’s a jazz singer with a lemony voice and feathersharp control. He’s a composer, pianist and professor of music theory at Michigan State University. She struts to the sparkling sobriquet...
Jan. 29 2014
The most underhanded political ad in the history of the universe is quietly tucked into “Lansing Votes,” the new pop-up exhibit from the Historical Society of Greater Lansing
Jan. 29 2014
Montana composer David Maslanka, now a grey eminence in the music world at 70, was still searching for his musical voice in the 1970s when he came to Michigan State University. His life changed when he...
Jan. 22 2014
MLK ‘Women in Jazz’ concert was earthy, eminent and oh-so-stylish It’s hard to believe that “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest,” MSU’s annual Martin Luther King...
Jan. 9 2014
Cellists are the corvids — the crows and ravens — of the classical aviary. They excel at thoughtful communication, don’t preen much and look good in black
Jan. 9 2014
Early Saturday afternoon, a shy but mischievous-looking lad walked into Jerry’s Hairport on Lansing’s north side sporting a fedora. He sat down and waited for a haircut. “Look out, it’s...
Jan. 2 2014
The big freeze of 2013 began with a cannonade of falling limbs and orange flashes. A softer music filled the streets the following Saturday, as bits of melting ice tinkled from tree limbs to the ground....
Jan. 2 2014
A live chorus of “Happy Birthday” drowned out the “Entertainment Tonight” theme in the TV lounge at Lansing’s Trinity Church on Dunckel Road last Thursday, five days after...
Jan. 2 2014
The parade of citizens at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s customer service center Friday afternoon was beyond even Norman Rockwell’s power to paint. They came in pajama bottoms, business...
Dec. 26 2013
The Lansing jazz and classical music scene created a lot of memorable moments in 2013. I chose these six favorites strictly from the gut. Science and reason fail when music this powerful takes over
Dec. 26 2013
Again this year we celebrate the lives of departed friends and neighbors. What follows are their stories and the memories that framed their lives
Dec. 4 2013
On the day before Thanksgiving, Brian Jeffries prowled the aisles at Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, gathering stuff for the 17 pies he planned to bake on Thanksgiving Day. The longtime Lansing City Councilman...
Dec. 4 2013
Sunday afternoon’s tribute to the 100th birthday of Karl Haas, the urbane host of Detroit-based “Adventures in Good Music” who died in 2005, is no stiff retrospective. The Haas story,...