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“Seriously Talented” Robin Connell and Paul Brewer to perform Jazz and the American Songbook at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, March 26, 2018 – Jazz singer/pianist Robin Connell and her husband, trombonist Paul Brewer, love nothing better than the opportunity to share The Great American Songbook with audiences. On Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. the Grand Rapids-based duo will bring their marvelous rhythm section—featuring bassist Chris Kjorness and celebrated drummer Tim Froncek—for […]

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More than 40 young musicians featured in Debut Strings concert

Muskegon, Michigan, March 21, 2018 — Music from Bach to The Beatles will be featured by the 40-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 […]

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Indie Folk at its finest comes to The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, March 7, 2018 – Frances Luke Accord, the acclaimed modern folk duo from Chicago—called “Indie folk at its finest” by Milk Crater—will appear in concert at The Block at 7:30pm Friday, March 23. Multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, this Chicago-based duo features gorgeous, buttery harmonies and modern folk music that interweaves Americana, jazz, soul […]

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Music by women composers featured in groundbreaking program by Gaudete Brass Quintet at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, February 16, 2018 — Beethoven. Mozart. Sibelius. Tchaikovsky. What do all these great composers have in common? Hint: they were all men. Ask your average listener to name a prominent woman composer from the classical music world, and most will be stymied. Last month, when the West Michigan Symphony included a work by […]

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World music and jazz featured in Block concert with cellist Ian Maksin and guitarist Gabriel Datcu

Muskegon, Michigan, January 29, 2018 – Cellist and composer Ian Maksin returns to The Block with guitarist Gabriel Datcu for a concert of jazz and world music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 10. Maksin—who describes his playing as “a continuation of my own body and soul… much deeper than strings vibrating on a piece […]

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West Michigan Symphony and vocalist Cathie Ryan to bring a Celtic Christmas to Muskegon

Muskegon, Michigan, Nov. 7, 2017 – Muskegon’s West Michigan Symphony takes a fresh look at holiday programming with their Dec. 15 Celtic Christmas concert featuring Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan and her band. WMS music director Scott Speck and the orchestra will join Ryan for the world premiere of a brand-new seasonal program that reflects her […]

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West Michigan Symphony selects Executive Director

Muskegon, Michigan, Nov. 6, 2017 – Muskegon’s West Michigan Symphony (WMS) will have a new executive director at the helm come the new year. After nearly a decade with Symphony Tacoma in Washington State, Andy Buelow has notified stakeholders that he will be joining the West Michigan Symphony in January as its new Executive Director […]

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West Michigan Symphony’s November concert features the return of former principal timpanist, Andrew Spencer

Muskegon, Michigan, Oct 10, 2017 – Percussionist and faculty of Central Michigan University’s school of music, Andrew Spencer, comes to Muskegon for two consecutive evenings of performances. Friday Nov. 10, he performs in West Michigan Symphony’s (WMS) “Enigma Variations” at the Frauenthal Theater and the following evening, Sat. Nov. 11, Spencer performs a percussion concert at […]

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Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic brings Shoreline Jazz Festival preview concert to The Block

Thursday, Aug. 24, Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic brings a group of jazz musicians to join him for a concert at The Block in downtown Muskegon, one day prior to the start of the fourth annual Shoreline Jazz Festival. Alexander Zonjic is a gifted jazz flutist, known across the country for his cool jazz grooves and […]

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Rodney Whitaker and his band present an evening of jazz favorites at The Block

Internationally-renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker and his band will present an evening of swinging jazz favorites at The Block in downtown Muskegon, Friday, Oct. 28. Described as one of the hardest working and swinging bass players on the scene, Whitaker has an undeniably distinctive “bear- sized” bass tone and is considered […]

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