Opening New Doors to Classical Music with the Lansing Symphony

By Daniel Rayzel

On Sunday, October 19th, the Lansing Symphony will continue its chamber music series with its second installment, “Cornucopia.” The concert will feature music by classical composers Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms with performances by Janine Gaboury, Stephen Foster, and Valerie Sly on French horns, Kathryn Votapek on violin, and Sangmi Lim on piano. The show will take place at 3pm at Molly Grove Chapel in Downtown Lansing.

The concert will begin with Joseph Haydn’s “Konzert Es-dur,” followed by multiple pieces by Johannes Brahms, including “Trio for Klavier, Violine und Waldhorn, Op. 40.”

Janine Gaboury, the principal horn player for Lansing Symphony and one of the concert’s featured artists, spoke with us about Sunday’s concert.

Janine noted that this performance would be an opportunity for newcomers to the Lansing Symphony to get a taste of classical music. She stated that Sunday’s concert will be a “great place to start because I’ll talk to the audience about the music and it will be shorter than some other concerts.”

Though she has worked with multiple other groups, including countless Broadway shows and pop artists such as Joni Mitchell, Three Dog Night, and Diana Ross, Janine still has her heart with Lansing Symphony. “The thing I love coming back to Lansing for is the musical intensity that comes off when we get to the performance night.”

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