Act I: Blank canvas sparks fiery debate in Riverwalk comedy
What exactly is art? It’s a question that people have debated ever since prehistoric folk began covering cave walls with pictures of their hunting prowess. Mix in contemporary art forms and the arguments grow even more heated.
Riverwalk Theatre—which is home not just to two stages for its shows, but a gallery of rotating art in their lobby—is opening Yasmina Reza’s “Art” on April 21. It will run Thursdays through Sundays until May 1.
This comedy centers around three friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan and is set in Paris. Serge invites his friends over because he wants to show off his latest art acquisition—one that cost a pretty penny. After the big reveal, it is immediately apparent that the trio cannot agree on its artistic value. Then, as art discussions do, the argument turns from the purely theoretical to the personal.
Directed by Scott Pohl, the cast features Andrew Stewart, Alan Greenberg and Joe Clark.
Act II: Spring musical performances bloom around mid-Michigan
Whether your tastes are instrumental or vocal, there is a veritable buffet of options on which you can feed your musical soul in the next two weeks.
The Lange Choral Ensemble invites audiences to its spring concert on Sunday, April 24. Entitled “Songs of Wonder, Love and Praise,” it features the music of Palestrina, Bernstein, Clausen, Hailstork, Runested, Forrest, Tichell and Lange. The ensemble focuses on early and contemporary sacred music.
The choir will be accompanied by Stephanie Gewirtz and Hae Won Jang on organ, Deidreanna Potter on harp, Tim Wright on Friench horn and Catherine Lee on percussion. Soloists are Ian Broughton, Tim Gates, Alex Wassom, Victoria Walker, Barooke Broughton, L. Harrison Brown, Larry Clark, Larissa Clark, Melanie Walker and Deb McMarti-Finkel.
They’ll be performing in a new location for them—St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa Street in downtown Lansing. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. Masks are required.
This weekend, the MSU College of Music will host a Wagner chamber music competition. Rising chamber music stars from the college will compete in the second annual Barbara Wagner Chamber Music Showcase on Friday and Saturday at the Fairchild Theatre and over the College’s Livestream channel.
Six groups are vying for the prize including chamber musicians in strings, winds, brass and piano. The finalists were selected by a panel of first-round judges. Prizes include cash awards, performance opportunities, specially commissioned works and marketing and promotional support.
“We are all so proud of our six finalists who have persevered through challenging times to prepare for the next step in their careers. They are all wonderful, young musicians who are dedicated to sharing their artistry,” said Yvonne Lam, assistant professor of violin and viola and coordinator of chamber music at MSU. “We are particularly grateful to Barbara Wagner whose vision and generosity made this competition possible. We also want to thank our distinguished panel of external jurors who represent the chamber music community so well.”
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students.
At another of mid-Michigan’s colleges, the Lansing Community College Jazz Band will take the stage on April 20 to showcase this year’s talents with a special focus on John “Dizzy” Gillespie..
The show, led by Jon Gewirtz, starts at 7 p.m. and is being held at Williamston High School. The LCC Jazz Band is made up of community members, high school students and LCC students. This concert is a joint concert with the Williamston High School jazz band.
Tickets are free.
Other area musical events include:
● Michigan Madness Concert, April 17, Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, music from four of Michigan’s top rappers. Tickets $60 and up.
● MSU College of Music Concert and Campus Band, April 19, Cobb Great Hall, $12 adults, $10 seniors, students free.
● Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble, April 20, Cobb Great Hall, tickets from $26.
● Lansing Symphony Orchestra presents “The Music of ABBA: Mamma Mia and More” as part of their pop concert series, Cobb Great Hall, tickets are $20 to $55.
● MSU College of Music Concert Orchestra presents “Of War and Peace, Struggle and Hope,” April 26, Cobb Great Hall, tickets are $12, seniors $10, students free.
● MSU College of Music brings together the Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union, State Singers and University Chorale to sing “Messa da Requiem,” April 28, Cobb Great Hall, tickets are $12, seniors $10, students free.
● MSU Department of Theatre’s season of gender-related plays are nearing an end. From April 21-24, they’ll present “Monsieur D’eon is a Woman” by Mark Brownell and directed by Deric McNish. The show is based on a true story of Charles d’Eon de Beaumont, an 18th century spy, soldier, intellectual, Freemason and diplomat who defied gender restrictions and moved fluidly between them. Performances are at the Pasant Theatre with tickets $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and faculty.
● The Lebowsky Center for the Performing Arts opens “Clue on Stage” on April 22 and it runs through May 1. The show, based on the movie and the board game will be held at the Lebowsky Center in Owosso.