Lansing’s Hidden Gems Commemorate 90 Years of Success

In the heart of Lansing sit two hidden gems that symbolize and celebrate nearly a century of success. The Lansing Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the University Club of Michigan State University (MSU) have joined forces to commemorate 90 years of serving the Greater Lansing area. 

A night of music, community, and casual elegance on Sept. 21 will celebrate the two institutions’ anniversaries. Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal at the University Club and be transported by luxury coaches to a performance at the Wharton Center by Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Audra McDonald together with the LSO. McDonald will perform a selection of songs from the Great American Songbook. To cap off the evening, guests will return to the University Club for an afterglow reception with dessert, coffee and a cash bar. 

“The U-Club and the Symphony have enjoyed a long and wonderful relationship,” said CEO and General Manager of the University Club Karen Grannemann. “It’s the perfect partnership for a joint celebration, and we invite everyone to join us for an exquisite evening.”

Although the University Club is a private member club, the 90th celebration for LSO and the University Club is open to the community. Both organizations were founded at the inception of the Great Depression, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for area residents.  Both have flourished over nine decades to become vital and cherished components of the Lansing community. 

The LSO began as a community orchestra, expanding to a professional orchestra of more than 70 accomplished musicians. The LSO serves over 20,000 mid-Michigan residents by providing both concerts and educational programs. The LSO is the only professional orchestra in the area and to this date stands as the oldest arts organization in Lansing. Known for entertaining with a variety of concerts and symphonies throughout the year, the LSO also provides many educational and outreach programs and community engagement activities for the area. 

The State College Club was founded for the then all-male faculty to convene outside the classroom and share ideas. The club opened its doors to community members in the ‘30s, and women were welcomed in the late ‘60s. The club has greatly expanded its services and scope to become a full-service private social and recreational club serving over 1,400 area families with everything from cherished holiday traditions to a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa; the latest addition features a spectacular pool and recreational area. Members value the Club as a place where cherished memories and life long connections are made.

The joint celebration is a testament to the organizations’ ability to advance, transform and progress with the times over the last 90 years. If interested in joining in on the festivities, ticket packages can be purchased online at lansingsymphony.org/events/evening-audra-mcdonald. 

Both organizations provide a high-quality experience for mid-Michigan residents through exceptional cultural, social, and recreational offerings. The University Club and the LSO attribute their success to outstanding support from the community and will continue to serve the region with a focus on enhancing the quality of life for area residents. 

To learn more about the LSO, please visit lansingsymphony.org. For more information on the University Club, please visit universityclubofmsu.org. 

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