Bring Music to your Holidays

Experience a fabulous array of performances this season

the MSU College of Music delivers an outstanding variety of popular concerts and recitals throughout the season. From the finest chamber music and fully staged operas, to major choral productions, large ensemble concerts, award-winning jazz, and our distinguished artist-faculty recital series. See our full listing of upcoming events or click on a music category on the left.

The Elixir of Love

MSU Opera Theatre
November 16–18, 20, Wednesday–Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 3:00 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

One of the most performed operas in the world today, Donizetti’s romp tells the story of Nemorino, a poor bumpkin who loves the wealthy and imperious Adina. When Adina is courted by the puffed-up Sergeant Belcore, Nemorino goes in search of a love potion. Armed with liquid courage, he suddenly becomes popular and Adina realizes she actually does love him. Featuring the world famous tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima” and a host of other great melodies, this opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. [tickets & more info]

2016-17 opera season is underwritten by the Worthington Family Foundation.

Nutcracker, Suite & Swing

MSU’s Jazz and Symphony Orchestras and the Capital Ballet Theatre
Monday, November 21, 7:30 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

This program is a collaborative venture between the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra 1, and the Capital Ballet Theatre, Gregory George, director. It’s Ellington, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Nutcracker dancers all together to put you in the Holiday spirit! [tickets & more info]

Prokofiev, A Russian Giant

Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series
Monday, November 28, 7:30 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

The leading Soviet musician of his time, Sergei Prokofiev was a brilliant melodist and outstanding pianist. Hear his compositions that broke from the Romantic tradition and opened a path to a new kind of music. Works include Flute Sonata, Overture on Hebrew Themes, and Peter and the Wolf. [tickets & more info]

Generously sponsored by Beth and the late Dr. Milton Muelder.

Brooklyn Rider

MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series
Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings Magazine), this lively string quartet presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Works include Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” by Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer” by Leoš Janáček, “BTT” for String Quartet by Colin Jacobsen, and Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95​ by Ludwig van Beethoven. [tickets & more info]

Generously sponsored by the Belle and Julius Harris Visiting Artist Fund established by Lauren Julius Harris.


MSU’s Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Campus Choir
Sunday, December 4, 7:00 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

Conducted by Sandra Snow, Zach Coles, and Amy Hall. Works include Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, The Snow by Edward Elgar, Two Eastern Pictures by Gustav Holst  ii. Summer, The Nightingale by Thomas Weelkes, Rejoice! Rejoice! by William Byrd. [tickets & more info]

Rufus Reid, Jazz Bass

With MSU Jazz Orchestras. MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence
Friday, December 9, 8:00 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

Jazz Bassist Rufus Reid, who will be at MSU from Dec. 5-11, will mentor students through the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program. Reid will instruct, perform and tour with student musicians in the Jazz Studies program over a seven-day period packed with workshops and campus concerts. The exceptional artist, educator and composer will also take to the road with the MSU Jazz Orchestra I to visit music and jazz programs at public schools and academies in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and Detroit. [tickets & more info]

Handel’s Messiah

MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series
Saturday, December 10, 8:00 p.m., Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center

Composed 275 years ago, Messiah, which includes the famous Hallelujah Chorus, continues to be one of the world’s most popular works. Choral Union, University Chorale, and State Singers share the stage with the MSU Symphony Orchestra to continue this powerful holiday tradition. Jonathan Reed, conductor. [tickets & more info]

Generously sponsored by Jeff D. Williams

Jazzy Little Christmas

MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series
Saturday, December 17, 8:00 p.m., Fairchild Theatre

Celebrate the season with the MSU Professors of Jazz and friends as they present their festive favorites – a perfect way to swing into the holidays. Seven-piece ensemble includes Etienne Charles, trumpet; Randy Gelispie drums; Diego Rivera, tenor saxophone; Xavier Davis, piano; Randy Napoleon, jazz guitar; Michael Dease, trombone; and Rodney Whitaker, bass. [tickets & more info]

Generously sponsored by Craig and Lisa Murray; Wolverine Development Corporation, and Joesph Maguire