The Block

2021-2022 Season of The Block opens to live audiences with crossover group TAKE3

Proof of vaccine required for admission, along with masks while county remains at substantial or high risk per CDC Muskegon, Michigan, September 17, 2021—On Friday, October 1 at 7:30 pm The Block will reopen to live audiences with the genre-defying string trio TAKE3. With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the group combines top […]

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Mannheim Steamroller percussionist Tom Sharpe featured in Virtual Block performance

Muskegon, Michigan, June 8, 2021 — Tom Sharpe’s music is a percussive symphony–a sonic and visual feast for the senses. Best known as the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller, Sharpe blends a classical background with world music instrumentation that invites the listener into the heart of the performance. Sharpe will be featured in a program of […]

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Detroit sax legend Alex Harding and Organ Nation offer blues and funk in Virtual Block performance

Muskegon, Michigan, May 24, 2021 – Legendary sax man Alex Harding will team up with drummer Djallo Djakate and jazz organist Jim Alfredson—collectively known as “Organ Nation”—for an unforgettable video concert premiering at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 in the Virtual Block. The dynamic trio explores all facets of African-American music from the deepest blues […]

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Internationally acclaimed violinist Tessa Lark performs Michigan premiere of new bluegrass crossover work

Virtual concerts offered Friday with WMS at the Frauenthal and Saturday solo at The Block Muskegon, March 31, 2021—One of the country’s most dynamic young violinists will take the Frauenthal stage with Music Director Scott Speck and the West Michigan Symphony for a virtual concert to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23.  A budding […]

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Updated Winter-Spring concert schedule for The Block unveiled

Muskegon, Michigan, January 20, 2021—Today The Block’s management unveiled its updated Winter-Spring concert schedule—including welcome news: the venue is projected to reopen by late May to reduced, physically distanced in-person audiences. Concerts at The Block—Muskegon’s listening room for the musically curious—have been indefinitely suspended since the COVID-19 pandemic rendered large indoor public gatherings unsafe 10 […]

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provides support for The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, November 9, 2020—The Block has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of more than 500 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 funding. Organizations receiving a MCACA […]

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Internationally acclaimed young pianist Claire Huangci to make West Michigan debut in Beethoven’s famed “Emperor” concerto

Friday evening virtual concert with Symphony at the Frauenthal will be followed on Saturday night with a solo virtual performance from The Block Muskegon, October 20, 2020—Continuing its fall series of virtual concerts, West Michigan Symphony will present young American pianist Claire Huangci in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5—the famous “Emperor” concerto—in a webstreamed performance […]

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Debut Strings to Rehearse at Farmers Market this Fall

Grant from Wheeler Fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County provides private lessons for financially challenged students Muskegon, Michigan, August 4, 2020—The West Michigan Symphony Debut Strings program—which normally meets weekly in The Block throughout the school year—will hold its rehearsals at the Muskegon Farmers Market this fall, beginning September 14 and continuing until […]

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First event in The Block since February will feature violinist Chee-Yun in video concert

Muskegon, Michigan, July 8, 2020 – The first concert in The Block after a five-month hiatus will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18 featuring violinist Chee-Yun. Originally slated for mid-May, the concert was postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Even now, The Block remains closed to the public; the acclaimed Korean violinist will […]

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provides support for physical improvements at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, September 19, 2019—West Michigan Symphony has been awarded a capital grant of $6,088 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant will help to fund structural improvements at WMS’s subsidiary venue, The Block, that will provide a better concert environment through abatement of street and other ambient […]

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