Oct. 27 2010 12:00 AM

MSU College of Music launches new series

Michigan State University’s College of Music honors Chopin Thursday in the first of eight concerts dedicated to famous composers.

“Two Hundred Years of Chopin” will showcase the West Circle Players — made up of award-winning pianists Panayis Lyras, Deborah Moriarty, Alan Nathan, Derek Polischuk, Minsoo Sohn, George Vatchnadze and Ralph Votapek — who will perform as soloists and as part of mixed chamber groups. A lecture by Carol Hess will precede the concert at 6:45 p.m.

Other upcoming events in the series include “Schumann Celebration” on Nov. 11, “Happy Birthday Mozart” on Jan. 27 and “Everything Beethoven” on Feb. 24.

“We’re starting a tradition," said James Forger, dean of the College of Music at MSU. "One common thing in all of these concerts is that there are multiple performers with a great variety. While it highlights partly the composers, it also brings a wide variety of artists.”