Ben Awrey of Young Pioneer. Courtesy / Young Pioneer youtube

Spotlight Productions brings Ben Awrey of Young Pioneer to campus

Vocalist Ben Awrey of Michigan band Young Pioneer performed an acoustic concert for Grand Valley State University at the Cook-Dewitt Center in Allendale at 9 p.m. The show was held on Nov. 15 and was sponsored by GVSU's Spotlight Productions.   Junior Kalie Tomlinson is the Concert Chair of Spotlight Productions and in charge of coordinating concerts for the organization’s events on campus. Tomlinson and Awrey connected at a previous concert, which led to Awrey’s collaboration with Spotlight Productions. She expressed her excitement about bringing Awrey and his music to GVSU’s campus. In past years, she said Spotlight Production used to host a coffee shop series, and since she said she loves music—this concert was her way of bringing it back. 

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Dr. Chia-Ying Chan playing piano. Courtesy / Community Center for the Arts

Renowned pianist Dr. Chia-Ying Chan hosts guest masterclass

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance welcomed Dr. Chia-Ying Chan to Grand Valley State University. Chan is an active soloist and chamber pianist who has given solo performances and recitals across the globe.  Dr. Chia-Ying Chan, originally from Taiwan, is known to bring passion, creativity and vibrancy in her performances, as she’s performed in Europe, Spain, the Carnegie Weill Hall (New York), and has recently been invited to perform at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

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GV opera and visual arts students collaborate for audiovisual performance

"Masquerade" was a production born out of a collaboration between the GVSU Early Music Ensemble and Department of Visual and Media Arts as well as the Junior Company of the Grand Rapids Ballet School. Headed by GVSU Opera Theatre director Dale Schriemer and Julie Goldstein, assistant professor of film video production, the performance combines music from composers such as George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell with layered 3D projections. The performance took place three times during the weekend of Nov. 9. 

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Haas Center for Performing Arts to host performance of “The Jungle Book”

The Haas Center for Performing Arts, located on GVSU's Allendale campus, will be hosting several performances of "The Jungle Book" throughout November. These performances will be put on by students within the the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.  The performances will be held at the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, located on GVSU’s Allendale Campus at The Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

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Grand Rapids welcomes third annual Comic-Con convention

Celebrities, artists and experts on all things pop-culture flocked to Grand Rapids this during the weekend of Nov. 9 for the third annual Comic-Con. Comic-Con is a national convention that showcases multi-genre entertainment as well as everything from the gaming and comic realms.  Comic-Con returned to the DeVos Place on Friday, Nov. 9 and continued through Sunday, Nov. 11. Fans were lined out the door, bearing Grand Rapids' first snowfall of the season as they waited in anticipation to enter. The guests who attended were fans with a passion for superheroes, anime, collectible merchandise, gaming and comics. 

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Grand Valley art gallery hosts party to celebrate Mars exhibit

Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the exhibit brought together several Martian-themed elements including approximately 40 photographs, movie posters and book covers, as well as drawings and video projections spotlighting Mars. One of the highlighting components of the exhibit included a showcase of Martian-themed toys and collectibles from a private collection based out of Chicago. 

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UICA hosts exhibition of work from Michigan artists

Kendall College’s Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) has consistently been one of Grand Rapids’ most important museums due to its deep connection to Michigan culture, diversity, social issues and cutting edge artistic ideas. One of the Institute’s most recent exhibitions is "Coming Home," a collection of work from four different artists with deep roots in Michigan. 

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Grand Rapids celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions were kept alive through multiple celebrations held throughout the Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids community. GVSU held an event on the Allendale campus at the Frederik Meijer Honors College, as did several businesses around Grand Rapids. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, students gathered around an ofrenda (offering/alter) to learn the history and cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos’ music, food and traditions. This information was presented by the Coordinator for the Latin American Studies Program, David Stark, along with the featured artists of the event. Singer Gabriel Estrada brought the traditional sound of Dia de los Muertos to campus as he explained and performed Mariachi music to the audience. 

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