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GVSU dance and marching band prepare for ArtPrize opening ceremony

Grand Valley’s very own marching band and dance department will be performing at the opening ceremonies for this year’s ArtPrize on Wednesday. They will be performing two pieces: “Hernando’s Hideaway,” from the musical The Pajama Game, and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”  The groups will begin their performance at 6:30 p.m. at the Eberhard Center before marching over to Rosa Parks Circle at 7 p.m. to perform the rest of the opening ceremonies. This marks the tenth year for ArtPrize, and the eighth year Grand Valley will perform at the opening ceremonies.  

Silent Disco on Friday, September 7th, 2018.  GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GV alumnus DJ performs at Silent Disco

Wisdom is a GVSU alumnus and DJ with years of experience and a true passion for his craft. He frequently travels and performs at weddings, parties and other events, but many GVSU students have seen him at events in and around campus, such as Welcome Week parties and the Silent Disco. Throughout the years, B-Wiz said he always loves to come back to DJ at Grand Valley. 

Filling the room with sound, the Mirror Visions Ensemble tell musical stories through song. The ensemble will be the first group to perform at Arts at Noon concert series, which begins Wednesday at noon.  Courtesy  / Matthew Makowski

Arts at Noon series provides bite-sized performances, award-winning musicians

While many students are busy scurrying to class amid the school day, they may catch escaping rhythms and melodies from the Cook-DeWitt Center. As they rush around campus, others are surrounding themselves with sound through the Arts at Noon concert series which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 12. Described as a break in the day and an opportunity to hear award-winning musicians, this year’s season of Arts at Noon features a variety of recognized musicians, ranging from local to international. Each concert lasts 50 minutes, which is designed to make concerts easy to consume, often a rarity for the musicians involved.

Courtesy / WhiteLakeMusic.org

Music professors showcase talents at pair of recitals

Pablo Mahave-Veglia and Lee Copenhaven, two of Grand Valley State University’s Music professors, are showcasing their talents in the musical arts to the Grand Valley community with a pair of recitals. Copenhaven performed his recital Sunday, and Mahave-Veglia’s recital still to come this week Mahave-Veglia said that recitals are typically a ‘Buffet of Sound,’ as most recitals focus on several styles and base their performances around those styles. For Mahave-Veglia’s recital, he said it’s more unique because it focuses on a singular work, but also features related pieces.

Scarber Author Jeffrey Chang speaks about his book about race in America today October 9, 2017.   GVL / Spencer

2018 Fall Arts Celebration to offer art, music, poetry to GV students

For years, the Grand Valley State University Fall Arts Celebration has been a massive annual series of art in all forms. With events such as art exhibitions, concerts and lectures, the celebration has steadily provided enriching cultural experiences to anyone attending. The 2018 series is no exception, as the upcoming events aim to offer a variety of fantastic experiences to anyone interested.

The clock tower on GVSU's Allendale campus has a 44 bell carillon. GVSU has two of the 14 carillons in the state of Michigan.

GVSU rings in 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series

Behind the walls of the Cook and Beckering Family Carillon Towers is far more than just clockwork. Forty-eight intricately crafted bells fill the carillons on each of Grand Valley’s campuses – bells that fill the surrounding areas with sound throughout GVSU’s 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series.  The series, organized by University Carilloneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, spans from July 1 through Aug. 19 between both of GVSU’s carillons. Vanden Wyngaard said that the series provides audiences with access to a style of performance that’s unique to the carillon.

A high school student conducts his fellow campers at GVSU's Servant Leadership in Music camp on June 20. 
Courtesy / Caitlin Cusack

New Servant Leadership in Music Camp creates inspiring, musical leaders

As young instrumentalists begin their musical education in school, the bulk of their learning involves understanding how to read and perform music. Once they approach a level where they want to become leaders in their band or ensemble, their education begins to incorporate inspiring musical leadership, the focus of Grand Valley’s Servant Leadership in Music Camp on Tuesday. 

Isaac Norris performs at the GRandJazzFest 2018 Lineup Reveal Party at The BOB in Grand Rapids.  Courtesy / GRand Jazz Fest Facebook 

GRandJazzFest reveals 2018 performer lineup

Jazz music is a widely enjoyed form of art, whether the person listening is a die-hard musician or a casual listener. For those interested in enjoying a weekend of jazz, the seventh annual GRandJazzFest will be taking place in downtown Grand Rapids on Aug. 18 and 19. The event is a free music festival for the entire family that includes variety of activities for all ages.  On April 30, festival organizers unveiled the lineup of performers for this year’s festival. The festival will include musicians such as keyboardist Oli Silk, Western Michigan University student band Lushh and headliner Euge Groove, an accomplished saxophonist with a distinct history in the jazz top 40 charts. A total of ten musicians will be performing across the weekend.