Lansing Symphony musicians head to intimate Robin Theatre with contemporary works

Posted on: March 7, 2022

“The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s … first-ever pair of concerts at the intimate Robin Theatre in REO Town will feature high-energy modern and contemporary music” on March 3 and April 7, writes Lawrence Cosentino in Wednesday’s (3/2) City Pulse (Lansing, MI). Robin Theatre is a community performing arts center and listening room housed in a century-old converted storefront. “LSO maestro Timothy Muffitt [hopes that] ‘People that maybe didn’t have any background in classical music … would come away thinking, “That was amazing.” ’ … Six … A few weeks ago, LSO executive director Courtney Millbrook contacted Robin Theatre owners Jeana-Dee Allen and Dylan Rogers to arrange a tour with Muffitt…. ‘It’s the perfect venue for this,’ Muffitt said….  Both concerts will draw from Michigan’s strong hand of living, working composers [including] ‘Viaje,’ by Michigan State University composition professor Zhou Tian … ‘Staying the Night,’ … for flute and clarinet by MSU composition professor David Biedenbender [and] a stunning solo viola work by Oberlin College composer and sound designer Jesse Jones…. The evening’s anchor is a set of three dances by African American composer Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork III, a 1971 MSU grad.” Also planned are works by Bartók and Piazzolla.