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Jazz Great, Christian McBride, Performs at St. Cecilia Music Center in February

Jazz returns to St. Cecilia Music Center in February with the Christian McBride Trio. They'll be here on February 19, at 7:30 p.m. The trio is formed around premier bassist Christian McBride, along with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

One of the most dynamic bassist of his generation, 41 year-old Christian McBride creates a jazz tour de force with Sands and Owens, both younger emerging artists. They have been performing as a trio for about three years. In 2014, Christian McBride released his fifth recording “Out Here” on Mack Avenue Records featuring the trio.

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Artistic Director Robert Lyall Leaving Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids’ Artistic Director Robert Lyall announced he will resign following next month’s production of Britten’s “Noah’s Flood” after a 26-year tenure. Lyall was named General and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) in December of 1998, and he has since retained positions with both NOOA and Opera Grand Rapids. Upon his departure, Lyall will devote his energy to further plans and aspirations for NOOA’s forthcoming seasons.

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Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Returns to Grand Rapids

Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE in downtown Grand Rapids, always presents an eclectic brand of theater. It welcomes back Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company this month with the classic "All's Well That Ends Well."

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Up Close and Personal With Artist, Artwork and Collectors at the UICA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is holding three events in the upcoming weeks to bring visitors closer to the artwork, the artists, and the collectors associated with their current exhibitions, Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection, and Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman.

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Grand Rapids Ballet Premieres New ‘Nutcracker;’ an 8-Year-Old Reviews

The Grand Rapids Ballet's new version of The Nutcracker made it's public debut at DeVos Performance Hall on Friday night.

Read our review of what to expect and get an 8-year-old's perspective.

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Found Footage Festival Returning to the UICA

Next Thursday, December 18, the much anticipated "Found Footage Festival" returns to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts at 7:30 pm. Volume 7 of the live comedy and screening event features unusual and humorous clips from VHS videotapes gathered from thrift stores, garage sales, warehouses, and dumpsters throughout the United States.

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Ballet “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at St. Cecilia Music Center Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble, a local non-profit ballet company, is gearing up to perform for its 22nd season, the beloved ballet story “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

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All Broadway Grand Rapids 2014-15 Shows Will be On Sale Monday

Today is your chance to see the best of Broadway. All remaining shows on the Broadway Grand Rapids 2014-15 season will be on sale to the public today,Monday, November 17th at 10am. Shows include Kinky Boots, I Love Lucy®, Live on Stage, Dancing Pros Live, and RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. Of course, shows already on sale to the public include Elf the Musical and Annie.

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Peter Wege Gun Collection on Display at Grand Rapids Art Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) has been collecting for 160 years and prides itself on being the community’s institution of collective memory – where people, their stories and things are gathered together and meaning is shared. The Museum is pleased to announce a recent addition to the collection, the Peter M. Wege Gun Collection, which is now on public display in the “Be Curious” gallery for a limited time. The Wege Gun Collection includes a variety of firearms and knives Mr. Wege collected throughout his lifetime.

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Acoustic Cafe Series Concert is Tonight at St. Cecilia Music Center

Tonight is the night! The Acoustic Café Series Concert at St. Cecilia Music Center with
Ralston Bowles and an all-star cast of musicians from Austin, Texas; Nashville; Traverse City; Lansing; Marquette; and Grand Rapids.

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ArtPrize 2014: St. Cecilia Music Center Announces Five Music Prize Winners

ArtPrize 2014 is now in our rear view mirror. Another successful year with the world's largest art competition. Congratulations to the winners, announced Friday evening, in all the visual arts.  However, there also was a music component of ArtPrize, sponsored in part by St. Celilia Music Center, and I offer a large CONGRATULATIONS to those music winners.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On October 12

ArtPrize 2014, Grand Rapids' sixth annual public art extravaganza, wraps up today.

So, head to downtown Grand Rapids to check out the winners and revisit your favorites before ArtPrize closes at 6 p.m.

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