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Thursday October 30, 2014  
7:30 pm Eisenhower Dance: The Light Show
Back by popular demand after the sensational Red, Hot and Blue, and fun-filled Motown in Motion, Eisenhower Dance returns with a visually stunning co-commission by Wharton Center and the Detroit Opera House. The Light Show matches choreographers with lighting designers for four cleverly electrifying pieces incorporating lasers, light, and innovative dance. One of the finest contemporary dance ensembles today, Michigan’s acclaimed Eisenhower Dance combines remarkable technique with inventive choreography. “Dance that touches the soul.” – Detroit Free Press Tickets from $20; MSU Student Tickets available for $15 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Sunday November 9, 2014  
7:00 pm Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra is acclaimed as one of the world’s great orchestras. Now under the renowned leadership of Music Director and Chief Conductor Pavel Kogan, they will be joined by one of the leading names in music, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Known for her passionate, edge-of-your-seat performances, she will perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto in D major. This special all-Tchaikovsky night includes the composer’s Symphony No. 4 and Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. Tickets from $27. (more)

Wharton Center for Performing Arts (750 E Shaw Ln East Lansing, MI)
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Wednesday November 12, 2014  
7:30 pm Dance Theatre of Harlem
The internationally acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating over 45 years of creating vivid and ingenious forms of expression and bringing a contemporary flair to the ballet repertoire and to diverse international audiences. Arthur Mitchell, the first African-American male principal dancer in a major U.S. ballet company, and the late Karel Shook founded the company as a response to the growing need for more artistic opportunities for children, especially those living in Harlem. Since then, this multicultural dance ensemble has achieved extraordinary success with powerful messages of self-reliance, artistic relevance, and individual responsibility. This is a rare chance to see a hugely talented ensemble perform works from its lauded repertoire! This event is part of MSU’s year-long Project 60/50, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Tickets starting at $25; MSU Student tickets available for $15. (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Friday November 14, 2014  
8:00 pm Arturo Sandoval
One of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, Arturo Sandoval is one of the most prodigious trumpeters of our time, and his spot in the jazz pantheon is assured. More than anything, the nine-time Grammy-winning, crowd- pleasing artist has forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles. Dizzy Gillespie helped spread Sandoval’s reputation by showcasing his chops in the United Nations Orchestra. Tickets from $25 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Saturday November 15, 2014  
8:00 pm Dancing Pros Live
The world’s finest dancers will battle it out on stage in Dancing Pros: Live!, and the audience will choose the winner! Starring Edyta Sliwinska, from “Dancing with the Stars,” and Chelsie Hightower, from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” this unforgettable live dancing competition is hosted by Alan Thicke, star of the hit TV show “Growing Pains.” Tickets from $32 (more)

Wharton Center for Performing Arts (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Sunday November 16, 2014  
7:00 pm Julian Sands In: A Celebration of Harold Pinter
“You feel the playwright’s presence...” – The New York Times Directed by John Malkovich, Julian Sands brings to life the poems and prose of literary genius, Harold Pinter, the director, actor, political activist, and Nobel Prize-winner. Sands has a rare insight into Pinter’s personality, life, and works. As noted by Variety, the performance “captures the pugnacity, precision, and a little of the dry humor of an exacting writer.” Sands has been seen on stage, on television, in the Academy Award-nominated film, The Killing Fields, as well as Leaving Las Vegas, A Room With A View, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Don’t miss a remarkable evening with an extraordinary actor. Tickets $45; MSU student tickets available for $15 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Wednesday December 3, 2014  
7:30 am Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Tickets from $40 (more)

Wharton Center for Performing Arts (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Friday January 23, 2015  
7:30 pm Harlem Globetrotters 2015 World Tour
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters. The Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that’s sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. Tickets starting at $21.50, available at breslincenter.com or through the Wharton Center Ticket Office. (more)

Breslin Center (534 Birch Rd. East Lansing, MI)
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Tuesday January 27, 2015  
7:30 pm Pippin
Join us for this magical, unforgettable production The New York Times declared Astonishing! A Pippin for the 21st Century. Pippin is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. It won the Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival! With a beloved score by Tony® nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Times vary by show date Tickets from $34 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Wednesday February 11, 2015  
7:30 pm Walnut Street Theatre
‘‘Mr. Mamet has written – in gentle ridicule; in jokes, broad and tiny; and in comedy, high and low – a love letter to the theatre. It is quite a feat, and he has pulled it off.’’ –The New Yorker A funny, touching, behind-the-scenes peek at actors battling to share the spotlight and a dressing room, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre follows older, experienced Robert and newcomer John. Tickets: $40 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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