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Oct. 20, 2022

Exhilarating performances on tap by MSU Music’s large ensembles

College symphonies, bands, and guests bring five opportunities to hear a wide variety of music.

Large ensembles in the MSU College of Music will pair with innovative guest artists as well as faculty and contemporary European composers in inspired performances open to the public in a ten-day span from Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.

Fans will enjoy a variety of concerts and events that stretch their imaginations. Event highlights include performances by Nois, a saxophone quartet on campus as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence Program. Nois (pronounced noise) is a group of saxophonists known for contemporary classical music and improvisation. They have earned top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the M-Prize International Arts Competition.

Established in 2019, The MSU College of Music Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence Program, supported by the MSU Federal Credit Union, focuses on entrepreneurship in the musical arts and provides students and the community the opportunity to learn from and network with successful, progressive artists. Nois will perform with MSU wind and new music ensembles, as well as engage with MSU student composers and conceptual artists in residency activities that are open to the public.

The MSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Band, under the direction of conductors Kevin L. Sedatole and David Thornton, will perform on at 8 p.m., Oct. 28 in Cobb Great Hall of Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The concert will feature Nois, and performances included "Commando March" by Samuel Barber, "Severance" (concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble) by MSU’s own David Biedenbender, "Symphony No. 6, Op. 69" by Vincent Persichetti, "Tunbridge Fair" by Walter Piston, and "New England Triptych" by William Schuman.

Nois will also perform with the MSU new music ensemble Musique 21 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31 in Fairchild Theatre in a program that features a performance of "I Tell You Me" by Annika Socolofsky, conducted by Kevin L. Sedatole. As part of the entrepreneurial residency, the concert is also sponsored by Sam and Mary Austin with additional support from MSU Bands.

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