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Blackbear to perform at GVSU for Spring Conert

Matthew Musto, better known by his stage name “blackbear”, has been booked to perform at Grand Valley State University’s spring concert on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Fieldhouse Arena.  The R&B artist/rapper received the most votes in a survey sent out in fall 2018 by the Campus Activities Board regarding who students would like to see this April. Kalie Tomlinson, who was in charge of planning the show, cited this as making him the clear top-choice for both the community and the board.

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Renowned pianist Jonathan Bass to perform at GV

Grand Valley State University is constantly curating concerts, and the recitals of the Baum series are no exception. The William Baum Endowment Fund, named in honor of GVSU political science professor known for his passion for the arts, allows the school to host recitals featuring a multitude of talented musicians. 

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GV Film Academy holds first annual film festival

Student filmmakers at Grand Valley State University caught their chance to share their work on the big screen at the first annual Grand Valley Film Festival. Hosted by the Grand Valley Film Academy, the festival began on March 15 and ends March 21. Students of all majors were asked to submit their best work from the last two years for the festival. Submitted films went through a moderation process, which consisted of a stoplight system created by head moderator Mitchel Dinsmoor. Films with discrimination, bias or slander were given the red light and were not allowed in the festival. The films that passed moderation were accepted into the festival and are eligible to be voted on by the panel of judges.  


Vault of Midnight offers networking opportunities for art students

Nestled in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Vault of Midnight offers shelves upon shelves of comic books, manga and graphic novels. Unique figurines, pins, apparel, board games and toys accompany the books and draw in both avid and occasional comic book readers alike. As a local comic store, Vault of Midnight collaborates with art students to get their work out there. As part of this goal to help young artists, Vault of Midnight holds their Illustration Roadshow event each winter, allowing Grand Valley State University students to organize tables to sell their work, including art, comics, pins and zines.

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GV piano students challenged with 'Carnival of the Animals'

While most Grand Valley State University students spent their time studying for midterms and preparing for spring break, students in piano professor Sookkyung Cho’s Piano Studio rehearsed for their Feb. 25 performance of “Carnival of the Animals.” Composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1886, “Carnival of the Animals” is a popular, playful piece that uses music to encapsulate various animals, from the tortoise to the kangaroo.

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GV Symphonic Band features student trombone soloist

Junior trombonist John Tesner earned the opportunity to perform a solo in the concert, which was conducted by Kevin Tutt. After winning GVSU’s 2018 Concerto Competition in which student pianists, vocalists, string and wind instrumentalists competed, Tesner was granted the honor of performing a solo, which was accompanied by the band in the performance of Bert Appermont’s "Colors." Tesner said his director refers to the piece as “Epcot music,” suggesting the happy and fun tone of the music. 

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GV ensembles showcased at choral concert

On Feb. 20, Grand Valley State University’s University Arts Chorale and Cantate Chamber Ensemble performed several vocal arrangements as part of a choral concert. Associate Professor of Music Ellen Pool directed the ensembles on Wednesday night.  With 40 years of experience directing GVSU’s University Arts Chorale, Pool stated that this performance was “a very successful concert.”