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MSU Symphony opens season with challenging works

Sep 26, 2013
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The first MSU Symphony Orchestra concert of the season is Friday night at Wharton Center. Featured works include Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and a clarinet concerto by John Corigliano.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe
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The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday at Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copeland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. Adams has described the piece as an “out take” from his opera, “Nixon in China.” WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the music.

MSU Symphony conductor Leon Gregorian has been on research leave this semester. He'll be back to conduct the MSU Symphony Orchestra next semester, and then plans to retire in April. He'll be conducting the upcoming "Home for the Holidays" concert, and WKAR's Melissa Benmark recently spoke with him, asking him first about his time off.

EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - MSU Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras designate Kevin Noe speaks with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the next MSU Symphony concert at Wharton Center, beginning with a piece by American composer Pierre Jalbert.