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GV professor releases album with band Silverstiles

Grand Rapids-based band Silverstiles have released their second studio album, Slow to Burn, led by Grand Valley State University adjunct professor John Bruni. Recorded at Goon Lagoon studio and released March 1, the album captures images of American life through vivid imagery. Bruni teaches communication studies at GVSU, where he has taught for nine years and specializes in communication theory. He is the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Silverstiles. He said that his interest in music began in junior high when he started playing guitar, continuing on to play with different bands. Slow to Burn is Bruni’s first record on vocals, which he said made the songs feel more “emotionally-direct.”

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Rapper and R&B artist Blackbear performed a sold-out show at Fieldhouse Arena on April 4 for the annual spring concert, arranged by the Campus Activities Board. DJ Andre Power opened the concert by playing popular songs to warm concertgoers up before Blackbear’s performance, which event organizer Kalie Tomlinson said students enjoyed. 

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GVL / Dan Goubert - GVSU GrooVe hosts a concert inside the Cook-DeWitt on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

GV a cappella group GrooVe celebrates 10 years

In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, one of Grand Valley State University’s a cappella groups, GrooVe, put on their “GrooVy Decade Concert” on March 30 in the Cook-DeWitt Center. The show included performances of popular hits like Paramore’s “Misery Business” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”  Throughout the concert, members took turns soloing and providing backup vocals to both pop and classic songs. The performers danced, gestured and interacted onstage, giving the audience an energetic performance. 

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'Mélodies' brings a celebration of French culture to GV

On March 20, the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures put on Mélodies, described by the department as being “An evening of French song, music and poetry performed by GVSU students, faculty and special guests from the community.” French professor Isabelle Cata has been the coordinator of Mélodies since 2012. In regards to the event, she said that, “It's an evening of song and poetry, and students, professors and members of the community perform poems, songs, French musical pieces and sometimes excerpts of plays.” 

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Grand Valley’s Orchestra performing February 19 in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of Henry Duitman.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV professors showcased in faculty concert

While Grand Valley State University music students often undergo juries and recitals, professors got to take their turn on Feb. 19 with the Faculty with Strings concert. The performance featured music faculty with the GVSU Chamber Orchestra, directed by conducting professor Henry Duitman. Three professors were showcased as soloists: voice professors Alexander Hahn and Jennifer Sung and clarinet professor Gary June.

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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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