Tuesday, October 28, 2008

American, Mexican, etc.

This Saturday November 1, 2008 provides a variety of musical options, from different parts of the world. The MSU Choral Union under the direction of David Rayl will be performing with the Lansing Symphony at the Wharton Center on Michigan State University's campus. This all-American program includes songs from Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein's, "Chichester Psalms". I've sung for 40 years, in America, and have never sung any Copland or Bernstein. H-m-m-m. I will this Saturday night at 8pm. See some of you there!
MasterWorks 3: American Journey 11/1/2008 8:00 PM
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
David Rayl, Guest Conductor
MSU Choral Union, Chorale & State Singers
Rod Nelman, Baritone - Abhijit Raj Das, Treble
SCHUMAN - New England Triptych
COPLAND - Old American Songs
BERNSTEIN - Chichester Psalms


Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican cultural tradition honoring loved ones who have died. The festival includes a variety of food, music and special altar created by the participants. You can enjoying this festival for FREE this Saturday, November 1 from 6pm to 9pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, Michigan. The festival will have free Mexican food provided by local retailer, Los Tres Amigos, a live mariachi band, a salsa dance group and an altar with items donated by those who come. You can bring a photo of a loved one or a favorite item of theirs and place it there.

The program will also include Calaveras, poems designed to mock death...sometimes reverently. It will be a wonderful community event. You can also bring a canned good to be doanted to Cristo Rey's Community Center.