Although baton brandishing and wavy hand flourishes are associated with the concert hall, conductors can be hired out for other events, such as checkbook balancing or the christening of a new riding mower. Find a musical master in their natural setting with this GrouponLive deal to see the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band at Dart Auditorium, located on the Lansing Community College campus. For $15, you get two general-admission tickets for Sunday, October 14, at 3 p.m. (up to a $35 value). Doors open at 2 p.m.
The feel-good sounds roll from the horn and rhythm sections of the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band. Michigan State University Professor of Music Theory Ron Newman, directs the band of 17 jazz musicians as it lays a foundation of piano keys and thumping bass lines to support the brassy bellows of trombones, trumpets, and saxophones. The ensemble plays classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cole Porter, and other greats from the big-band era, as well as tunes from contemporary purveyors of jazz music, which is as distinctly American as a bald eagle wearing a baseball cap.
While the Lansing Symphony Orchestra offers discounted tickets for students, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra
A mid-Michigan institution since 1929, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs for more than 20,000 visitors every year. Music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt currently leads its roster of professional musicians in concerts that explore a variety of musical styles, including classical MasterWorks, a Pops and Chamber Series, and brassy Jazz Band concerts and educational programming.