Carnegie Hall Recap
Posted by Pat Donohue | March 03, 2014
In an extraordinary display of virtuosity, the Michigan State University Wind Symphony dazzled a nearly sold-out Carnegie Hall for its February 22 appearance. The program of contemporary music featured John Corigliano’s peripatatic Eighth Symphony, “Circus Maximus, ” a performance that showcased the ensemble’s entire range of musical talent. The concert closed as the enthusiastically appreciative audience was treated to a rousing version of the MSU “Fight Song.” MSU Alumni Club of Greater New York scholarship holder Kathryn Veiter played in the Wind Symphony’s clarinet section.
During a post-concert reception, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, who led a large contingent from East Lansing, called the evening a “Rose Bowl moment” for the Wind Symphony. College of Music Dean Jim Forger said that such a continued high level of support would bring more music from MSU to the New York City Area. Conductor and Director of Bands at MSU Kevin Sedatole lauded his musicians and said they are typical of students all across campus.
Before the concert, Board members Pat Donohue, Bob Kobel, Jason Merritt, and Roni O’Connor and their spouses represented the local alumni club at a dinner hosted by MSU’s Kim Kittleman at McHale’s Bar & Grill on W. 51st St. Kim thanked the Board for its effective support of MSU.