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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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Six Muskegon county arts organizations to receive MCACA grant awards

Muskegon, Michigan – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced the approval of 477 grants totaling $10,677,184 in awards across the state with over $200,000 of those funds going to organizations in Muskegon county. Overall, grants were awarded to organizations in 56 Michigan counties of which Muskegon County garnered seven. MCACA stated […]

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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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Audivi acapella ensemble to perform at The Block Saturday Oct. 15

The Block in downtown Muskegon will present Audivi, a Detroit-based professional acapella ensemble, Sat. Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Audivi focuses on presenting rarely heard Renaissance masterpieces and premiering new works by modern composers, as well as choral music from all eras. Audivi harkens back to a time when unaccompanied singing was considered the highest […]

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Harpeth Rising at The Block this Sat, Sept 10

MUSKEGON – Saturday, Sept. 8, The Block in downtown Muskegon brings the trio Harpeth Rising to the stage. Using the term “chamberfolk” to describe their particular brand of music, the three classically trained musicians play original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition and wrapped in three-part vocal […]

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