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GRCC Music Department

GRCC Honor Band 2023

Community

1/28/2023
January
28
10:00 am
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First Annual Grand Rapids Community College Honor Band Festival

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Patty Griffin

Folk

1/29/2023
January
29
7:30 pm
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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

Folk

2/5/2023
February
5
7:30 pm
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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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Artemis

Jazz

2/16/2023
February
16
7:30 pm
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"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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Kent Philharmonic Orchestra

Nordic Winter

Community

2/17/2023
February
17
7:30 pm
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Enjoy the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra performing in SCMC's Royce Auditorium.

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Coffee Classics

Beethoven's First

Community

2/24/2023
February
24
10:00 am
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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

Community

2/24/2023
February
24
8:00 pm
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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

Folk

3/2/2023
March
2
7:30 pm
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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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Pianists Series

The Pianists with Andrew von Oeyen

Community

3/5/2023
March
5
4:30 pm
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Don’t miss the second and final concert in our inaugural series, The Pianists, featuring The Gilmore Young Artist Award winner Andrew von Oeyen.

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Emmet Cohen Trio

Jazz

3/9/2023
March
9
7:30 pm
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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

Folk

3/10/2023
March
10
7:30 pm
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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

Delight & Drama

Chamber

3/23/2023
March
23
7:30 pm
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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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The Golden Gals Live!

Community

4/4/2023
April
4
8:00 pm
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The award winning cast and crew are heading to the Beer City! This all new, original show written and directed by Ginger Minj is sure to have you laughing from beginning to end! Joining Ginger Minj as Blanche is Gidget Galore as Rose, MR MS Adrien as Sophia and the incredible Divine Grace as Dorothy!

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Coffee Classics

Haydn's London

Community

4/14/2023
April
14
10:00 am
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Commissioned by a London impresario to captivate English audiences, Haydn’s Symphony No. 93 was written during the composer’s first stay in England. Join us for Haydn’s London and you’ll be captivated as well!

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Chamber Series

Haydn's London

Community

4/14/2023
April
14
8:00 pm
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Commissioned by a London impresario to captivate English audiences, Haydn’s Symphony No. 93 was written during the composer’s first stay in England. Join us for Haydn’s London and you’ll be captivated as well!

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Eat. Drink. Be Merry!

Special

4/22/2023
April
22
6:00 pm
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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

Folk

4/27/2023
April
27
7:30 pm
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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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Legacy Award Gala

Honoring Mary Goodwillie Nelson

Special

4/29/2023
April
29
5:30 pm
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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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Kent Philharmonic Orchestra

Summer Romance

Community

5/5/2023
May
5
7:30 pm
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Enjoy the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra performing in SCMC's Royce Auditorium with guest conductor David Lockington.

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Leo Kottke

Folk

5/16/2023
May
16
7:30 pm
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Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

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Driving Directions

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.