EAST LANSING – To many in the Greater Lansing community, Michigan State University’s Fairchild Theatre is an acoustic gem that’s discovered and then loved because of its performances. Now, those fans can rejoice that the newest event lineups have been announced with the release of the upcoming 2018-19 season.
It will run from September through April, featuring a wide variety of classical and jazz performances. Handel, Mozart, Bernstein and a Strauss opera are all to be expected, and the college is gearing up to kick-off the musical season with “Fairchild Fanfare” on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m.
Event organizers said that a “highlight of this series will be Chicago-based super-group Eighth Blackbird,” scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Their music has been “defined as adventurous, vibrant and known for performing from memory, employing choreography and more.” Eighth Blackbird is part of the Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence program sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union.
In addition, organizers are excited that two “fan-favorite series will return this season, the Taylor Johnston Early Music Series and the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program.”
Both series feature guest artists who include jazz pros Mimi Jones and Melissa Aldana and House of Time, an early music ensemble hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as “musically suave … volatile and beguiling.”
The concert season will also host a variety of events in spaces throughout campus as well, including the Cobb Great Hall in Wharton Center, Cook Recital Hall and Demonstration Hall.
Reserved-seat events will first be for sale to existing patrons in June, then available to the public in August, including all general admission events. For more information about the new season, visit the website http://music.msu.edu/newseason.