Where some musicians rely on cutthroat competition to propel to the top, the trombone collegiate community of Michigan relies, instead, on cooperation – this being culminated in a joint recital, held yesterday in the Cook-Dewitt Center on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus.
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The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra performs annually at Grand Valley State University in the “Arts at Noon” series, and as of last year, selected students are getting experience playing with the orchestra – something many musicians find is the most valuable teacher when it comes to playing professionally.
Director, composer, professor, producer – Bill Ryan is a busy man. And the Grand Valley State University associate professor is soon to be even busier.
Leave all the evening wear at home Feb. 2 because Billband’s CD release concert is not the place for it. The performance, featuring music off their newest album, “Towards Daybreak,” will show a more relaxed side of classical music, which rarely sees the light of day.
While developing the jazz combo program at Grand Valley State University, Mike Drost, associate professor of jazz guitar, set out to make sure his students had the same opportunities he had as an undergrad at Western Michigan University. Now, student musicians have the opportunity to experience a professional recording session, ending with a product that is free and usable in their professional careers.
Ensemble Caprice specializes in interpreting Baroque music. Renowned by The New York Times as “a group that encourages listeners to rehear the world,” the Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice will be making their Grand Valley State University debut Feb.
There’s nothing quite like the Grand Rapids, Mich. music scene. From country to hip-hop, local artists are making music across the genre spectrum for everyone to enjoy.
Now in it’s third year, Gilda’s LaughFest brings more than just headlining names — such as Wayne Brady and Joel McHale – it provides laughs to thousands of comedy fans while raising money to give back to the Grand Rapids community.
Noted by critics for her ability to make music come alive, pianist Frances Renzi will be sharing her talent at Grand Valley State University.
Nate Bliton is known as the man behind Grand Valley State University’s equipment and stage management for all of the music and dance departments, but that wasn’t his original career choice.
Baroque, which was composed around 1600 to 1750, and contemporary music aren’t really that different.
Each semester, the Grand Valley State University dance department seniors put on a concert showcasing the four years of intense training they’ve gone through to get their degree. The concert fulfills their capstone class requirements for graduation, and is completely produced by the students.
For the first time, the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra will be going to London on April 29 for a weeklong performance tour across England to showcase their hard work and collaboration with faculty members.
After yet another successful year, Grand Valley State University’s Laker Dance Team has finished the semester off strong. The team recently celebrated a victory at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Dance Competition, an event that took place April 11-12 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
This year marks the 44th annual Festival of the Arts, and Grand Valley State University is represented in a big way.
Get ready to go blonde—Legally Blonde the Musical opens May 31 at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and will run through June 16. This is the first time the musical will run on the Civic’s stage and, even better, features three Grand Valley State University students in prominent roles.
Finally, a music festival that’s all about, well, the music. July 1-6 marks the first year for a brand new festival in Muskegon—the Coast West Music Festival.
Multi-faceted musicians make up a multi-faceted band. Hailing from a variety of genres—everything from classical to metal to jazz—Brad Fritcher trois has taken off in the past few months, finding an enormous amount of success in a short amount of time.
Planning a night out in Beer City, USA, almost always leads to the inevitable question: who is going to drive home? Your Chauffeur, an on-call designated driving service, proposes a possible answer.
When you think ‘open mic night,’ the first image that might come to mind is that of sensitive hipsters playing Oasis songs on the acoustic guitar. Spotlight Productions hopes to broaden that perspective with its edition of GVSU-based open mic nights.
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