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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Calling all students: Grand Rapids Symphony offers $5 student-tickets for this year's lineup

To kick off the Grand Rapids Symphony 2018-19 orchestra season this year, the symphony opens with classical blockbusters and world-class soloists as well as Broadway's biggest hits, cinematic special events and salutes to legends such as Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra.  Established in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony showcases a nine-concert series through a diverse range of music and performance styles resulting in approximately 400 performances per year, attracting Grand Rapids residents, most of which are students. 

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Octubafest: A celebration of brass instruments

For the last several years, Octubafest has showcased Grand Valley State University's Tuba and Euphonium studio’s brass instrument performance. The event, which is specifically centered on tubas, consisted of two main series of performances.  One series was on Wednesday, Oct. 17 followed by the second series on Saturday, Oct. 20. Both series of performances took place in the Sherman Van Solkema Hall. 

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Arts at Noon features faculty member’s saxophone quartet

The Donald Sinta Quartet incorporated the historical and fresh sounds of the saxophone during their performance at the Cook-Dewitt Center on the Grand Valley State University Allendale campus. The concert was held on Oct. 10 as a part of GVSU’s Arts at Noon program.   The quartet is comprised of GVSU Saxophone Professor Dan Graser, as well as Joe Girard, Danny Hawthorne-Foss and Zach Stern. The saxophonists were united as students at the University of Michigan in November 2010 when they were chosen as the featured saxophone quartet on the Michigan Symphony’s tour of China. The choice of featuring a saxophone quartet on the tour was prompted by the 50-year anniversary of the Michigan Symphony’s tour of The Soviet Union, which featured Donald Sinta, the quartet’s professor and namesake. 

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The Tesla Quartet joins faculty members on a musical journey through Italy

The Tesla Quartet will bring a taste of Italy to the Cook-DeWitt Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. as they perform Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 ‘Souvenir de Florence,’” following their performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1.” The program is part of the university’s 16th annual Fall Arts Celebration, which is free and open to the public.   

Performers taking a bow at French and Friends.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV presents collaborative performance of French chamber music

Grand Valley State University is considered a haven for the fine arts - especially music - and consistently presents a wide variety of concerts and performances for the public to enjoy. The most recent of the university’s offerings was Sunday’s collaborative performance of French chamber music, featuring a number of musicians from other schools in the area.