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'The Voice' contestant Jordy Searcy performs at GV

No matter the time of year, Grand Valley State University is constantly hosting a variety of events that are free for anyone to attend and enjoy. In particular, live music is everywhere at GVSU and concert plans are always in the works. To beat the winter blues, GVSU hosted guitarist and singer-songwriter Jordy Searcy, who played at a coffee house-themed event in Kirkhof Center.

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GV professors perform duets for viola, piano

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Grand Valley State University professors Paul Swantek and Robert Byrens performed a concert comprised of works from 20th century American and British composers. The concert took place at the Sherman Van Solkema Hall in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. This is one of many faculty showcases that GVSU’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance have organized throughout the year.

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GV's Euphoria performs at ninth annual A Capell-Off

The ninth annual A Capell-Off, a competition between university a capella groups in west Michigan, was organized by Sigma Alpha Iota as a fundraiser for Allendale Public Schools’ music department. The competition, held at Allendale High School in the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, featured Euphoria, one of Grand Valley State University’s award-winning a capella groups. 

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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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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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