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More than 30 young musicians featured in Debut Strings concert

Muskegon, Michigan, March 18, 2019—Music from Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber will be featured by the 30-plus young musicians of Debut Strings, performing in concert at The Block in downtown Muskegon this Sunday afternoon.  A program of West Michigan Symphony and The Block, Debut Strings is a student orchestra for beginning and intermediate level players.  […]

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Harpeth Rising presents unique blend of folk, newgrass and classical in return engagement at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan February 26, 2018 — Unapologetic genre-benders, the trio Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into a sound that is organically unique. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical aspect. Featuring Maria Di Meglio on cello, Michelle Younger on banjo, and Jordana Greenberg […]

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First Season of Movies+Music series concludes with Searching for Sugar Man

Muskegon, MI, February 12, 2019 — Movies+Music, the Wednesday night series at The Block that premiered this winter, concludes at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 with Searching for Sugar Man. This documentary highlights the strange career of Detroit folksinger Sixto Rodriguez, whose low profile in the U.S. was in sharp contrast to his status in […]

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Emmet Cohen Trio performs at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan February 10, 2018 — Emmet Cohen is making waves in the New York City jazz scene and across the globe. The rising star piano phenom comes to West Michigan for a performance at The Block at 7:30pm Saturday, March 2. Joining him will be Russell Hall on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums. […]

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Movies + Music series continues with Once

Muskegon, MI, January 5, 2019—Movies+Music is the name of the new Wednesday night series at The Block exploring the relationship between movies and music through screenings of acclaimed films. The series continues at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 with Once, a poignant “guy meets girl” story of a budding Dublin songwriter. “Join us at The […]

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Groundbreaking string quintet Sybarite 5 comes to The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, January 7, 2018—With an eclectic repertoire from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad, the crossover string quintet Sybarite 5—dubbed the “Millenial Kronos”—is turning heads throughout the music world and forever changing the perception of chamber music. “Their rock star status is well deserved,” enthused the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “Their classically honed technique […]

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Pianist Alessio Bax performs solo program at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, January 4, 2018 –Audiophile Audition hailed his “imagination and technical prowess.” Gramophone placed him “among the most remarkable young pianists.”  The New Yorker declared him “the most elegant of today’s pianists.” Wherever he performs, Alessio Bax evokes superlative praise. The dashing Italian returns to Muskegon in early February—just days after his exciting Boston […]

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“Dueling” grand pianos and percussion featured in unusual Block program

Muskegon, Michigan, December 17, 2018 – The Block is known for featuring the piano, in part due to the exquisite quality of its restored 1970 Steinway B grand. But an upcoming concert will pair two pianos—along with a large battery of percussion instruments—as Principal Percussionist Matthew Beck and several colleagues present Bela Bartók’s groundbreaking Sonata […]

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New series explores the connection of music and film

Muskegon, MI, November 16, 2018—Music has inspired filmmakers for generations, from the first “talkie” in 1927’s The Jazz Singer to the iconic 1970 rockumentary Woodstock—and more recently, the Academy Award darling La La Land featuring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Movies+Music, a Wednesday night series at The Block debuting this winter, will explore the relationship […]

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Paul Langford Quartet presents music by great songwriters at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, November 12, 2018—Paul Langford will bring his quartet to the Block at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 for an evening of jazz standards and pop favorites. The set list includes songs by Michael Bublé, Diane Krall, James Taylor and George Benson mixed with Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau, the Gershwins, Gino […]

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