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GV works with famous choral conductor to produce holiday concert

One of the definitive traits of the holiday season is festive and joyful Christmas music which can be heard everywhere from the supermarket to concert hall. In keeping with this tradition, the Department of Music at Grand Valley State University will present a collaborative holiday concert featuring Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas,” and this will conclude the events of the 2018 Fall Arts Celebration.

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Grand Valley professors co-direct seasonal jazz concert

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Grand Valley State University professors Michael Drost and Tim Froncek organized a jazz concert that took place at the Louis Armstrong Theatre located in the Haas Center of Performing Arts on the Allendale Campus.   The performance contained both a jazz orchestra and smaller-scale jazz combo performances, directed by Froncek and Drost. In order to organize the concert, the two combined their many years of experience with their respective directorial positions to help assist with directing, teaching and performing in every aspect of the event.

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Grand Rapids mayor declares Nov. 21 “Bob Seger Day”

In the world of classic rock, few Michigan musicians hold the same fame and regard as Bob Seger. Hailing from Detroit, Seger has led an illustrious career, entertaining millions of fans around the world. Seger, through the Detroit Free Press, said “you can’t cheat Father Time forever” and announced that his most recent tour will be his last. Seger, who is in the midst of said tour, still stands as one of the most iconic rock musicians to come out of Michigan. His distinct ties to his hometown Detroit and the State of Michigan as a whole are highly prevalent in his music, so it makes perfect sense that he began his final trip around the country in Grand Rapids on Nov. 21.

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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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Rolena Adorno speaking about what Columbus day means for us today and why Hispanic heritage month matters.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Celebrating Hispanic and Indigenous culture through the sounds of Detroit

Ojibwe and Chicano artist Sacramento Knoxx provided an interactive storytelling experience for the Grand Valley State University community, though his multimedia performance of music was influenced by his Detroit roots. The concert, held at the Cook-Dewitt Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, was brought on by the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a part of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.  

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Top Jazz Pianist in the World to visit Grand Rapids

For all the jazz lovers out there, the St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) in downtown Grand Rapids will be featuring a very special treat on Thursday, Nov. 1.  The 11-time Grammy Award nominated Kenny Barron Quintet will be performing the second of four jazz series concerts for the 2018-19 music season.  Among his several nominations, Barron has several points of success throughout his career. He has been honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 jazz-master and has been inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as being awarded the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and becoming initiated into the American Jazz Hall of Fame. 

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