They tried to have a season last year, but the pandemic was too unpredictable. This group has not performed much since January of 2020. But they have kept busy and did some online recitals along with distanced outdoor concerts with smaller groups of musicians.

They plan on easing back into their performances with a medium sized orchestra which would allow social distancing while performing at the Wharton Center if conditions require it. They have also timed the sets to have no intermissions, with thoughts of bringing them back next spring.

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The season’s only explicit nod to the pandemic will be the second work on the Oct. 8 program, “Gathering Together,” by American composer Roger Briggs. Maestro Timothy Muffitt gave the piece a compliment Briggs surely didn’t foresee when he wrote it in 1985: “It’s the perfect piece for bringing an audience back into a concert hall after a global pandemic.” Based on a poem by Patricia Goedicke, the music’s dream-like pulsations will give listeners a luminous 20 minutes in which to let the enormity of the past year, and the joy of getting back together, sink in.

Orchestras across the country are coming back with full capacity audiences, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra board and musicians are still working out their safety protocols. Some venues are doing masks, those decisions have yet to be made. They are just excited to be bringing the Symphony back. Their November 12 concert features violinist Lucia Micarelli who also sings and acts. She’s performing Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.

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For more information on their complete schedule for the 2021-2022 season visit this link. Live performances of every kind are returning to entertain us, and this is certainly a welcome return for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.


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