Laker Life briefs 3/29/18

| 3/29/18 3:23am

Operetta presentation to be held Friday, March 30

Grand Valley State University professor Lisa Feurzeig, who teaches music history, literature and world music, is set to report on research she conducted while on a Fulbright grant in Austria, focusing on different styles of performance in Austria, Hungary and Germany. She will give her presentation Friday, March 30, in the Cook-DeWitt Center from noon to 1 p.m.

Operetta is a type of musical performance pre-dating the modern musical, and the performers are typically trained in operatic performance. During the presentation, Feurzeig will show video examples to illustrate the different performance styles found in the European countries she studied.

For more information, contact Feurzeig at

World Cup Gala dance set for Friday, March 30

The Grand Valley State University Latino Student Union (LSU) will host its annual winter dance, which will have the theme of a World Cup Gala, on Friday, March 30, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.

The World Cup, which is set to be held over the summer, is an international soccer competition that facilitates unity, community and celebration. Taking its cue from the event, the LSU is hoping to recreate the positive atmosphere for its own dance event, which will feature performances by various other GVSU student groups. All are invited to attend.

For more information, contact the LSU at

Percussion duo to perform Monday, April 2

Two veterans of the Grand Rapids music community, Greg Secor and Josh Dreyer, will perform for a night of contemporary percussion pieces at Grand Valley State University on Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Haas Center for Performing Arts’ Composition Studio, Room 2757.

This is set to be the inaugural performance for the duo, called the Sightlines Percussion Duo, and the performance event is free to the public.

For more information, contact Bill Ryan at

Human rights movie set for Tuesday, April 3

The Grand Valley State University human rights program is set to host a movie and pizza night on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2263. The film being shown is “Witness.”

"Witness" tells the story of a young Amish woman and her son after they get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent. Following the murder, their safety is the responsibility of John Book, played by Harrison Ford, a Philadelphia detective. The film is a story highlighting contemporary cultural tensions and a forbidden love story.

For more information, visit the human rights program's website at

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