Lansing Symphony Orchestra announces 2021-22 season

LANSING, Michigan – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce its 2021-2022 season starting October 9th. This is the 92nd season of LSO and it’s a festival that brings the joy and healing power of music back to the stage.

“We are very excited to be back,” said LSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt. “Nothing can replace the experience of playing music for a live audience that is actually in the same room with us! We are very proud of the digital concert experiences that we shared with our sponsors under immensely difficult circumstances last season, but this year we will be back in person and we are thrilled. We have an amazing line-up that we know our audiences will love, and we can’t wait to share it with them in person! “

The LSO’s 2021-2022 season includes five concerts in the MasterWorks Series, three in the Pops Series, four in the Chamber Series and two in the Jazz Band Series. The best way to get tickets is to become an LSO Seasonal Subscriber and receive up to 10 percent off the total price of your package. There are five different subscription options. The VIP package includes all 14 concerts in all four rows and a parking permit. Further options are six concerts and a 10 percent discount or four concerts and a five percent discount. The Chamber Series consists of four chamber concerts for $ 80 and the Jazz Band Series includes two jazz concerts for $ 40. For full details, visit or call the LSO office at 517-487-5001.

The MasterWorks Series begins on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall with a celebration featuring pianist Michael Brown, named by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composer ” is celebrated. The program includes Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town: Three Dance Episodes, a lavish, high-energy fun, and Roger Briggs: Gathering Together, based on a poem by Patricia Goedicke, which celebrates the beauty of coming together. The program also includes some of the most famous classical pieces of music ever written, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1.

The MasterWorks Concert on Friday, November 12th, 2021, will present the violinist Lucia Micarelli, one of the most versatile musicians in the industry, as a guest artist. In addition to being a world-class concert violinist, she is also an actress and singer, and perhaps best known for her role as Annie Talarico on the TV series Treme. Collaborations outside of the classical style included tours with Josh Groban, Chris Botti and the classic rock band Jethro Tull, Micarelli will accompany this LSO on this program in Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto. Also on the program are music by the American composer Jessie Montgomery and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

The MasterWorks concert on Friday, January 14th, 2022, features the world-famous cellist Suren Bagratuni from Michigan. This is the first time that Bagratuni will play with the LSO with Maestro Muffitt, who calls him “one of the greatest cellists in the world”. The program by Dmitri Shostakovich includes: Cello Concerto No. 1, Dvořák Symphony No. 6 and a piece by LSO Composer-in-Residence Patrick Harlin to be determined.

On Saturday, March 19, 2022, the pianist and composer Conrad Tao will take part in the MasterWorks concert, which the New York Times described as a musician “of inquiring intellect and open-hearted vision”. Tao has garnered a steady stream of awards and critical acclaim, including being named a prestigious Gilmore Young Artist. He conducts and plays the Piano Concerto in C minor KV 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program also includes the upbeat, bubbly Suite Francais by Francis Poulenc, written for wind instruments and percussion, as well as the symphony No. 90 by the prolific composer Joseph Haydn.

At the final MasterWorks concert on Friday, May 13th, 2022, an as yet undisclosed Gilmore Young Artist will play a piano concerto along with Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 and Humanity. Music by composer-in-residence Patrick Harlin will also be on the program. “The Brahms is a wonderful work to end a MasterWorks series for celebrating and reconnecting. The warmth and richness of this work touch the listener in a way that only Brahms can and is an extraordinary testimony to the power of great music. “

LSO Pops kicks off on Sunday, December 19, 2021 with Lansing’s own tenor, Travis Leon (a Waverly graduate) performing a diverse mix of holiday favorites everyone is sure to enjoy at the annual Holiday Pops Concert. Then on Saturday, February 12th, 2022, it’s a Broadway celebration with Bravo Broadway! Experience some of Broadway’s greatest hits sung by popular Broadway artists. On Sunday, April 23rd, 2022, The Music of Abba: Mamma Mia! And More will amaze you when guest singers Jeans’n Classics sing along to some of Abba’s most popular songs.

Join a handful of LSO musicians in the up close Chamber Series at the Molly Grove Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Lansing starting Sunday, October 17, 2021. LSO’s principal flutist Richard Sherman will perform repertoire by Carlos Damas, Madeleine Dring, Alberto Ginastera and Georg Philipp Telemann together with principal oboist Stephanie Shapiro and principal keyboardist Patrick Johnson.

On Sunday, December 5, 2021, the string quartet ConTempus will play repertoire by LSO composer-in-residence Patrick Harlin and a selection by Florence Price. The musicians also surprise the audience with a Mozart piece that amazes music lovers.

Join LSO Principal Percussionist Matthew Beck and friends for an afternoon of drum chamber music on Sunday, January 30th, 2022 to greet the New Year with a smile.

April 10, 2022, join the ArtNova project’s piano quintet, which performs the music of the Romantic composer Ernst von Dohnányi, which goes perfectly with Johannes Brahms.

The Lansing Symphony Jazz Band, led by Ron Newman, is proud to present two evenings of wonderful jazz played by some of Michigan’s finest jazz musicians. The concerts will take place on November 21, 2021 and February 27, 2022.


MasterWorks series
MW1, October 9, 2021
Michael Brown, piano
Leonard Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance EpisodesRoger Briggs: Gathering Together
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

MW2, November 12, 2021
Lucia Micarelli, violin
Jessie Montgomery: Strum
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4

MW3, January 14, 2022
Suras Bagratuni, cello
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Dvořák Symphony No. 6

MW4, March 19, 2022
Conrad Tao, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in C minor KV 491
Francis Poulenc: French Suite
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 90

MW5, May 13, 2022
Gilmore Young Artist
TBA: Piano ConcertoJohannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Pops series

Holiday Pops, December 19, 2021 Travis Leon, tenor

Bravo Broadway !, February 12, 2022

Broadway singer

The music of Abba: Mama Mia! & more, April 23, 2022

Jeans’n Classics, guest singer

Chamber series

Music for flute, oboe and piano
October 17, 2021
Damas, Dring, Ginastera, Telemann

The element of surprise with the ConTempus Quartet
December 5, 2021
Harlin, Price, Mozart

Chamber music with drums
January 30, 2022

Piano quintet with the ArtNova project
April 10, 2022
Dohnányi and Brahms

Jazz band series
Autumn Jazz Concert, November 21, 2021

Spring Jazz Concert, February 27, 2022

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