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Winter Concert - Sinfonia + Concert Orchestra

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School

1/14/2023
January
14
5:00 pm

Join us for this winter concert featuring SCMC's beginning string ensemble, Sinfonia, and intermediate string ensemble, Concert Orchestra.

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Winter Concert - Philharmonic + Concerto Competition Winner

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School

1/14/2023
January
14
7:30 pm

Join us for this winter concert featuring SCMC's top youth orchestra ensemble, Philharmonic. The winner's of this year's Piano Concerto Competition will also be featured in this performance.

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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Magical Schubert

Chamber

1/19/2023
January
19
7:30 pm

Bridging the Classical and Romantic music eras, the prolific Franz Schubert gave the world an astonishing wealth of compositions during his very short 31 years of life. In this program, CMS celebrates Schubert’s magical genius, barely recognized during his lifetime, with three of his most significant chamber music works: the lighthearted fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, his splendid piano trio in B-flat major, No. 1, Op. 99, and his greatest piano duet, the Fantasie in F minor, a tragically beautiful farewell written during the final months of his life.

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Patty Griffin

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Folk

1/29/2023
January
29
7:30 pm

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the 2x GRAMMY® Award winner – and 7x nominee – has crafted a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for “[writing] cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…[her] songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”

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Chris Thile

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Folk

2/5/2023
February
5
7:30 pm

Chris Thile’s Laysongs is his first truly solo album: It’s just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on a set of nine new tracks, combining original songs with three wisely chosen covers that contextualize and banter with his ideas.

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Jazz

2/16/2023
February
16
7:30 pm

"Together they revealed a shared intensity and suggested something alluring and new. The group’s debut release, ‘ARTEMIS’ delivers on that promise… The real headline here is this ensemble’s cohesion, its ability to move gracefully through various styles and moods and to sound, by turns, authoritative and playful, locked-in or loose-limbed. In the tradition of drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, ARTEMIS crafts an identifiable band sound rooted in sturdy yet flexible rhythms… ARTEMIS means to upend expectations, gently and yet with force. Its music comes off like a nuanced argument for a fresh point of view" - Wall Street Journal

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Coffee Classics – Beethoven’s First

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Community

2/24/2023
February
24
10:00 am

In the Double Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba, the composer emphasizes the difference in sound and technique between the two keyboard percussion instruments. You’ll hear lush sustained chords, and even a bit of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chick Corea!

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Chamber Series – Beethoven’s First

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Community

2/24/2023
February
24
8:00 pm

In the Double Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba, the composer emphasizes the difference in sound and technique between the two keyboard percussion instruments. You’ll hear lush sustained chords, and even a bit of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chick Corea!

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Josh Ritter

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Folk

3/2/2023
March
2
7:30 pm

As I listen, I find myself singing along, laughing, entered into a shared place of joy. This is secular church music, because it unifies us, bonds us, brings us together in a search for love, peace, understanding and an escape from the earthly cruelty all around us.

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Emmet Cohen Trio

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Jazz

3/9/2023
March
9
7:30 pm

Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. He leads his namesake ensemble, the “Emmet Cohen Trio,” is a vibrant solo performer, and is in constant demand as a sideman. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

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Sam Bush

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Folk

3/10/2023
March
10
7:30 pm

There was only one prize-winning teenager carrying stones big enough to say thanks, but no thanks to Roy Acuff. Only one son of Kentucky finding a light of inspiration from Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and catching a fire from Bob Marley and The Wailers. Only one progressive hippie allying with like-minded conspirators, rolling out the New Grass revolution, and then leaving the genre’s torch-bearing band behind as it reached its commercial peak.

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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Delight & Drama

Chamber

3/23/2023
March
23
7:30 pm

Four-hand piano pieces bring musicians as close as they can get to the ultimate in collegial music-making. The piano trio, with just one additional musician, generates all the excitement and passion of an entire orchestra. Romantics Brahms and Arensky mine the full range of these two genres to bring listeners an evening that begins with the wonder of childhood and ends with Brahms at the height of his dramatic powers.

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Eat. Drink. Be Merry!

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Special

4/22/2023
April
22
6:00 pm

With tastings on the main and upper level of SCMC's historic building, you'll have the chance to choose from over 100 varietals and enjoy delicious food from Martha's Catering. There will be a lot of great silent auctions items to bid on, too. All proceeds benefit St. Cecilia Music Center's mission-based programming in the community. The event runs from 6:00-9:00pm.

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Joshua Davis

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Folk

4/27/2023
April
27
7:30 pm

An upbringing residing in the city of Detroit while spending summers on the southern tip of Lake Superior in Marquette, MI brings into view the backdrop of Davis’ latest works. The Way Back Home follows a series of singular recordings (Fool Rooster, Magnolia Belles, A Miracle of Birds) by the prolific songwriter who has shared the stage with a “Who’s Who” of American folk music icons such as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Greg Brown, and Abigail Washburn. Recorded in East Lansing, MI by legendary engineer Glenn Brown, The Way Back Home highlights Davis’ longtime collaboration with Jack White’s bassist Dominic John Davis, pianist Mike Lynch (Willie Nelson, Leon Russell), and drummer Mike Shimmin (The Olllam).

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Honoring Mary Goodwillie Nelson

Special

4/29/2023
April
29
5:30 pm

Each year, SCMC honors a woman who has helped to expand and enrich the cultural life of our community. This year, we are pleased to announced Mary Goodwillie Nelson as the fourth recipient of the Legacy Award. As a past board member of Opera Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Grand Rapids Ballet, for which she also served as Board President, and a long-time supporter of St. Cecilia Music Center, Mary has shown a firm commitment to supporting the arts in Grand Rapids for decades.

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St. Cecilia Music Center is centrally located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. On the corner of Fulton Street and Ransom Avenue, SCMC is easily accessible to most locations in Grand Rapids and the nearby communities.

SCMC’s parking lot offers 50 parking spaces on a first-come, first-served basis for our events. If our lot is full when you arrive, many additional options are within walking distance to St. Cecilia Music Center.

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Parking

  1. Park Congregational Church, 10 E Park Place NE
    Entrance located directly across from the SCMC lot. Rate and availability may vary.
  2. Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE
    For up-to-date parking information, please visit the Grand Rapids Public Library website.
  3. GRCC Parking Ramp, 140 Bostwick Ave NE
    Entrances both on Ransom Street and at the corner of Bostwick Ave and Fountain Street. For up-to-date parking information, please visit the Grand Rapids Community College website.
  4. Most city meters are free after 6pm and on the weekend. For up-to-date parking information, please visit the Grand Rapids City website.