Performance Series

MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series (SS)

Featuring a variety of musical depth and excellence through an eclectic range of performances. Enjoy an exciting collage concert featuring MSU artists and ensembles, two holiday classics, a vocal arts showcase, and a contemporary classical chamber group from New York City. Both the Cobb Great Hall of Wharton Center and the Fairchild Theatre of the MSU Auditorium play host to this series.

(SS-1) Saturday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. 
Fairchild Fanfare
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
A fast-paced montage showcasing a fabulous array of musical talent featuring ensembles and artists who perform in Fairchild Theatre: jazz, faculty artists, chamber music, new music, opera


(SS-2) Saturday, December 9, 8:00 p.m
Handel’s Messiah 

Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center
Composed 277 years ago, Messiah, with its famous Hallelujah Chorus, continues to be one of the world’s most popular works. Choral Union, University Chorale, and State Singers share the stage to perform this powerful holiday tradition. Conducted by Sandra Snow. Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center

(SS-3) Saturday, December 16, 8:00 p.m.
A Jazzy Little Christmas 
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
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. 

(SS-4) Saturday, February 3, 8:00 p.m.
A Night in Vienna

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
MSU voice faculty, assisted by a chorus of students from MSU Opera Theatre, present an evening of vocal works from and aboutVienna—the fabled city of music. 

(SS-5) Friday, April 6, 8:00 p.m.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
A group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators-from Bon Iver to José Gonzalez. Their most recent album, First (music by Son Lux), was released Feb 2017

Regular ticket prices: $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; $10 for students 

Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series (WC)

Join us for the eighth annual West Circle Series featuring the many musical faces of some of the world’s most important composers. 

(WC-1) Monday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Music of the Holocaust
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Music of and inspired by the atrocities of the Holocaust illustrating a “victory through art of humanity over inhumanity.” 

(WC-2) Monday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Carnival of the Animals, Music of Camille Saint-Saëns

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Composing in every genre, Saint-Saëns was a brilliant pianist and one of the most remarkable child prodigies in history. 

(WC-3) Monday January 22, 7:30 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Mozart!

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
West Circle Series invites you to our eighth annual celebration of Mozart’s birthday. Join the celebration with a concert and birthday goodies! 

(WC-4) Monday April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Mack the Knife, Music of Kurt Weill

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
A composer whose music blurred the boundaries between classical, jazz and popular music. 

Regular ticket prices: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students

Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival (CP)

The 18th annual Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival, three amazing concerts slated for April 11, 13 and 15, 2018 at Fairchild Theatre, presents chamber music favorites with acclaimed artist-faculty and well-known international guest artists. 

(CP-1) Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Principal string players from Detroit Symphony present music of Brahms. 

(CP-2) Friday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.
Strings and Choir
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Camerata MIchigan, faculty and guest artists, and University Chorale present music from the Baroque era to modern. 

(CP-3) Sunday, April 15, 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Gems
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Popular classical works performed by renowned musicians.

Regular ticket prices: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students

Taylor Johnston Early Music Series (EM)

Experience high-quality performances of Renaissance and Baroque
music played by guest artists from around the world. Fairchild Theatre.

(EM-1) Thursday, September 21, 7:30 p.m. 
Harmonious Blacksmith
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Baroque chamber music by Bach, Telemann and Rameau played by four extraordinary musicians from the U.S. and the Netherlands.

(EM-2) Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m. 
Flanders Recorder Quartet
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
This world-class ensemble marks its 30th year and “farewell” tour with a mostly Baroque program, entitled “The Final Chapter,” including works by Bach, Telemann, Praetorius, and Schein.

(EM-3) Sunday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. 
Tallis Scholars
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble presents “War and Peace,” a program commemorating those who lost their lives in World War I. Works from the Renaissance by Josquin, Palestrina, Victoria, Guerrero, and Mouton and by contemporary composers Arvo Pärt and John Taverner. 

Regular ticket prices: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; students free

MSU Opera Theatre (OT)

(OT-1) November 15–17, 19

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m.
(Note: No Saturday performance)
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
A beautiful version of the familiar fairy tale with folk music-inspired themes, this production is a wonderful first time opera experience. Remains an everlasting masterpiece.

(OT-2) March 21, 23–25
Street Scene by Kurt Weill

Librettist: Langston Hughes
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Kurt Weill’s Broadway-inspired operatic masterpiece, filled with sparkling tunes and soaring arias, depicts the daily life of a diverse mid-century New York neighborhood with its triumphs and tragedies. 

Regular ticket prices: $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; $5 for students.

Jazz Favorites (JF)

​MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artists in Residence- This series brings some of the world’s leading jazz musicians to campus. Enjoy MSU Jazz Orchestras and Octets, artist-faculty, and these extraordinary guests for memorable evenings filled with jazz. 

(JF-1) Friday, October 13, 8:00 p.m. 
Michael Philip Mossman, trumpet, with MSU Jazz Orchestras. 
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium.

(JF-2) Friday, December 8, 8:00 p.m. 
Harvey Mason, drums, with MSU Jazz Orchestras. 
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium. 

(JF-3) Friday, February 9, 8:00 p.m. 
Helen Sung, piano, with MSU Jazz Octets.

Demonstration Hall Ballroom
(Note: General Admission Seating)

(JF-4) Thursday, March 22,  7:30 p.m. 
Steve Wilson, saxophone, with MSU Jazz Orchestras.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium.

MSUFUC Jazz Artists in Residence regular ticket prices: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students. 

(JF-5) Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
37th Annual Jazz Spectacular Finale Concert 

MSU Jazz Orchestra I performs with the MSU Professors of Jazz, Ron Carter, bass, and other special guests.
Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

Jazz Spectacular regular ticket prices: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students.​