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St. Cecilia Music Center Expands ArtPrize programming with New Critics’ Choice Music Awards & A Benefit Concert

During ArtPrize 2015, St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) will once again serve as the music hub, exhibiting 78 musical entries at 20 listening stations during the three weeks of ArtPrize. In addition to hosting the musical entries of ArtPrize, SCMC will award $10,000 in music prizes in five different genre categories. St Cecilia Music Center will also coordinate over 200 busking performances throughout the city and will present an ArtPrize Onstage performance on October 4 that will serve as a benefit concert for SCMC to help support music in ArtPrize.

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Courtesy St. Cecilia Music Center
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St. Cecilia Music Center’s Great Artist Gala and Concert Tickets are on Sale

St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2015 / 2016 Single Tickets go on are on sale now for the Great Artist Gala and all concerts in their new upcoming season.

Quick information about St. Cecilia Music Center’s new season is available on Facebook. More information and online tickets are available at www.scmc-online.org and can also be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224.

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Courtesy GRandJazzFest
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GRandJazzFest Announces Fabulous Lineup for Fourth Annual Festival This August

Jazz is alive and well in Grand Rapids! GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation announced their lineup for the fourth annual festival being held Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 16, at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

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St. Cecilia Jazz Series Presents Christian McBride Trio This Thursday

 

St. Cecilia Music Center proudly presents the Christian McBride Trio this Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. featuring one of the most dynamic bassists of his generation, Christian McBride. In concert, McBride combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience—a warm showmanship that transforms his own passion into infectious joy.

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Courtesy GRandJazzFest
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GRandJazzFest Returning to Downtown Grand Rapids in August [Video]

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Aug. 15 and 16, the fourth consecutive year for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

The two-day festival will again be free thanks to presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids and other sponsoring organizations and individuals.

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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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Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 to Perform on ‘A Very Grammy Christmas Special’ on CBS

For the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special revealing the Grammy Awards' nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.

This year, however, the network is changing things up with a Christmas special featuring Grammy artists and nominations instead.

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Tony Bennett’s, Lady Gaga’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 [Video]

Tony Bennett's and Lady Gaga's duet album, "Cheek To Cheek," debuted at no. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The album also hit No. 1 on the jazz and traditional album charts. Released Sept. 23 on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records, "Cheek To Cheek" features classic jazz standards sung by Gaga and Bennett in vocal duets and solo performances.

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Jazz Great Chick Corea at St. Cecilia This Fall [Video]

For 131 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. Today, St. Cecilia Music Center is known by audiences and artists alike as one of the finest establishments to hear and see world-renowned musicians.

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photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
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St. Cecilia Jazz Series Hosts Three Grand Rapids Born International Jazz Greats

The new year in Grand Rapids will really be kicked off in grand style at St. Cecilia Music Center.  Their Jazz Series on January 23, 2014 begins the season with a unique gathering of three musicians with Grand Rapids roots who have made it big in the international jazz world.

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Grand Rapids Jazz Fest sets Lineup

It's never too late to think about good Jazz.  And, even thought it's months away, some good Jazz will be here again during the GRandJazzFest, August 17 and 18, downtown at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Molly Ringwald Sings “The Breakfast Club”

‘The Breakfast Club’ princess Claire Standish may be a snob, but she’s not without her talents.  After all, she can sing!

Molly Ringwald, who, of course, played Claire in The Breakfast Club, has a new jazz album, and she tackles ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me),’ originally recorded by Simple Minds in 1985 for the cult-classic coming-of-age movie.

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