Football Player is Guest Conductor for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 8, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State tailback Sedrick Irvin and Lupe Izzo, wife of the Spartans' men's head basketball coach, took turns as guest conductors for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in its Direct from the Heart program, a benefit concert for the American Heart Association, Sunday at the Wharton Center.
Irvin, the only player in Michigan State football history to rush for over 1,000 yards as both a true freshman and a sophomore, led the Lansing Symphony Orchestra through John Phillip Sousais "Washington Post March."
"It was a great thrill to conduct the Lansing Symphony Orchestra," Irvin said. "I was more than happy to donate some time on a Sunday night to help the American Heart Association. I do feel there is an additional responsibility that goes along with wearing a Michigan State football uniform. I hope my participation in this special event helped increase people's awareness of the dangers of heart disease and stroke. Until it hits close to home, many of us don't think about heart disease."
Mrs. Izzo directed the Lansing Symphony Orchestra through a popular '60s love song, "More."
"I was truly honored to conduct the Lansing Symphony Orchestra," she said. "I like being involved in community projects like this fundraiser for the American Heart Association. I certainly don't consider myself a celebrity conductor but I hope I added to this worthwhile event."
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