Archive for the ‘Performing Arts’ category

Arts Outreach students perform today

June 6, 2014

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Suzuki Strings performance today, June 6 at 1:00pm! Performance will be held on Calder Stage, downtown GR. Violinists ages 6-14 will perform as a group variety of repertoire, from Classical Martini’s “Gavotte” to folk songs, finishing the concert with a festive arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Suzuki Strings ensemble performed outreach performances for Pilgrim Manor, Lacks Cancer Center, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Meijer Heart Center, and DeVos Children’s Hospital as well as a number of area inner city schools.

GRCC Arts Outreach is a community music school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and affiliated with the GRCC Music Department. This accreditation holds the program to a high standard of excellence in music education. Music faculty provide individual and group instruction on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano, offering both traditional and Suzuki instruction on select instruments. Courses are available from beginner to advanced levels of study and students of all ages are welcomed. The program employs twelve highly qualified instructors and serves over 100 students from the Greater Grand Rapids area. For more information about the program, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach.

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Arts Outreach students to perform at Festival of the Arts

June 5, 2014

Students in GRCC Arts Outreach’s Suzuki Strings will perform at 1 p.m. Friday on the Calder Stage as part of Grand Rapids’ Festival of the Arts.

The students, ranging in age from 6 to 14,  will perform under the direction of Professor Yelena Wells.

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The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: Musical Moods, board meeting, Core Construction graduation

May 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

GRCC In the News, 5-22-14

May 22, 2014

After slow start to education, Belding senior turns life around

May 21, 2014; The Greenville Daily News

BELDING — His heart racing quickly, sweat dripping from his brow, Gio Vanni Delgado suddenly found himself at the center of the world standing on the turf of Rudness Field.

… Delgado says he plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years before hopefully transferring to Grand Valley State University.

Actors’ Theatre to Present GREY GARDENS, 6/5-6/14

May 21, 2014; broadwayworld.com

On June 5, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids completes its 33rd season with the opening of Grey Gardens, the musical. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning on June 5, 2014 and closing on June 14, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back discussing the history of the Bouvier family, the focus of the musical, will follow the performance on Friday June 6th.

Congratulations to Christian and Keriann Poquette

May 20, 2014
Alistair Laurence Poquette

Alistair Laurence Poquette

Alistair Laurence Poquette was welcomed on Thursday, May 15! Dad Christian (Technical Director at Spectrum Theater) and mom Keriann were so happy to get their sweet little Jedi home this weekend! Much love and congratulations to the Poquette family.

GRCC In the News, 5-16-14

May 16, 2014

GRCC hosting summer camps for grandparents, grandchildren

May 15, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a series of camps this summer for grandparents from throughout West Michigan who are looking to spend time with their grandchildren.

GRCC’s first-ever musical dives right into the dark depths of family, murder, and morals

May 9, 2014; MLive

When you think of Broadway these days, there are very few dark musicals. Musicals may be sad (such as Miss Saigon) or cover difficult subjects (like Hair or Rent), but these are the exceptions. Most of the classic musicals from the Great White Way end fairly happily. But even the light needs to be balanced with the dark. That’s what makes a musical like The Hatpin, premiering this month at Spectrum Theater, so fascinating.

Forum discusses future of the urban workforce

May 14, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend a candid forum tomorrow night on how urban workers in the region can make a living in the future.

The Future of the Michigan Workforce will be held Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Calkins Science Center auditorium, at 143 Bostwick Avenue NE.

Arts Outreach presents spring concert

April 30, 2014

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Suzuki Strings Spring Concert on Thursday, May 1 at 6:00pm! Performance will be held at First (Park) Congregational Church Sanctuary. Admission is free. Reception to follow. Violinists ages 4-14 will perform as a group variety of repertoire, from Classical Martini’s “Gavotte” to folk songs, finishing the concert with a festive arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Suzuki Strings ensemble performed outreach performances for Pilgrim Manor, Lacks Cancer Center, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Meijer Heart Center, and DeVos Children’s Hospital as well as a number of area inner city schools.

GRCC Arts Outreach is a community music school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and affiliated with the GRCC Music Department. This accreditation holds the program to a high standard of excellence in music education. Music faculty provide individual and group instruction on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano, offering both traditional and Suzuki instruction on select instruments. Courses are available from beginner to advanced levels of study and students of all ages are welcomed. The program employs twelve highly qualified instructors and serves over 100 students from the Greater Grand Rapids area. For more information about the program, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach.

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GRCC In the News, 4-28-14

April 28, 2014

High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

April 25, 2014; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: EMT deemed a star

April 18, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College announced the following students are award recipients for their leadership skills, academic excellence and campus involvement: Arielle Brown, Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award; Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award; Todd Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; and Rafael Pastrano, Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award.

Junior Valentine has rhythm-happy musical gumbo

April 24, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Over a career spanning more than two dozen years, Junior Valentine has played countless gigs with a bevy of bands steeped in R&B, blues and rock, taught guitar, bass and ukulele to more than 400 students and toured the country.

… A chance encounter with young, progressive bluegrass mandolinist Jason Wheeler and an inquiry from percussionist and Grand Rapids Community College instructor Brandan Grinwis has produced an eclectic trio unlike anything else in West Michigan a rootsy, rhythm-happy outfit that meshes elements of blues, R&B, funk, Island music, folk and bluegrass to simmer up a tasty of styles.

Central Michigan quarterback battle includes Montague’s Cody Kater again

April 28, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Cody Kater is trying to win back the starting quarterback job at Central Michigan University.

… It was a tough blow for Kater, who led Montague to back-to-back state titles in 2008-09. He originally committed to CMU, but followed Butch Jones when he left to become the head coach at Cincinnati. Kater went from Cincinnati, to Grand Rapids Community College and then to CMU. He spent the 2012 season as a backup for the Chippewas before winning the job last season.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-14

April 24, 2014

Actors’ Theatre, criticized by two GRCC trustees for controversial plays, stops receiving college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Actors’ Theatre, a community theater group housed at Grand Rapids Community College, announced Wednesday it will no longer receive funding from the college.

 

GRCC trustees react to theater group’s surprise decision to decline college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College board member who has long been critical of Actors’ Theatre said he’s “pleasantly surprised” the organization will no longer seek an annual subsidy of $19,000 from the college.

 

Call for artists for two regional exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Muskegon

April 23, 2014; MLive

Both the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids and the Muskegon Museum of Art have announced their call for artists for regional art exhibitions each group will be hosting this summer.

…This year’s jurors are Nick Antonakis, Grand Rapids Community Colleges visual department head and professor for painting and drawing; Sara Lowethian, photographer and adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University; and Lorain Smalligan, executive director of LowellArts!

 

Building a bottle greenhouse

April 23, 2014; WOTV4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Recycling is the perfect way to make a footprint in saving our plant. In late April, Goodwill AmeriCorps will team up with 75 students from Godfey Lee School to build a water bottle greenhouse.

…United Way and Grand Rapids Community College collected recycled water bottles needed for the project.

 

Laura Kennett: Action Hero from Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 16, 2014; Women’s Health Magazine

As a child, Laura witnessed the profound effect that a healthy lifestyle can have on well-being.

Laura Kennett is an adjunct professor in GRCC’s Exercise Science department.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-14

April 18, 2014

GRCC offering free workshop for grandparents raising their grandchildren

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free luncheon and workshop Friday for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Students turn lens on manufacturing

April 17, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An annual high school student video competition aims to promote interest in the manufacturing industry.

… Videos submitted to Discover Manufacturing Today were posted on the video competition’s Facebook page and open to public voting. Student videos were also reviewed by a panel of judges, and were ranked based on a variety of criteria including creativity of the video, and how well the interview questions were addressed. The judging panel consisted of representatives from local manufacturers, Grand Rapids Community College, The Right Place, Kent ISD and Michigan Works.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids Presents GOD OF CARNAGE, Now thru 4/26

April 17, 2014; broadwayworld.com

Tonight, April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning tonight, April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

See which historic homes will be on the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes this spring

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — This spring’s 45th Annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes will feature seven private homes and two historic public buildings, the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association announced this week.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth in the Sneden Center on the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

College notes: Jenison grad throws back-to-back no-hitters, will play baseball at Indiana next year

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Every athlete wants to be known for something.

… Wes Vaughn (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: Vaughn was 3-for-3 with two doubles in an 11-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. Vaughn (East Grand Rapids), a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .326. It was the third-straight game he had three hits.

Garrett Veihl (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The freshman pitcher (Greenville) earned his first win of the season pitching a complete game, 4-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. In five innings, he allowed four hits and one earned run with no walks and five strikeouts. Veihl improves to 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

Dylan VanPutten (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Middleville) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and a double in a 9-8 loss to Macomb Community College on April 12. The first baseman is hitting .240 this season.

… Katie Klomstra (softball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Godwin Heights) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Lansing CC on April 12.

… Logan Sochacki (golf), Grand Rapids Community College: Sochacki (Jenison) earned medalist honors after shooting a 71 at the Ancilla College Invitational in Plymouth, Ind. on April 12. Teammates Cody Shoemaker and Tony Conaway were tied for third place with 73s to help the Raiders finish first.

Brad Buurstra homers twice as Union baseball team takes two from Muskegon Mona Shores

April 17, 2014; MLive

Two players named Buurstra were responsible for a lot of on-field damage as Grand Rapids Union took two games from Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-4 and 6-2, in OK Black Conference play on Thursday.

… Brad Buurstra has signed with Grand Rapids Community College. Devin Husted, who had two hits and two runs batted in during the doubleheader, is also getting recruited by schools.

GRCC In the News, 4-15-14

April 15, 2014

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra names new music director

April 14, 2014; Petoskey News

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra board of trustees announced the selection of Libor Ondras, Ph.D., as the new Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra music director.
…A viola recitalist, Ondras serves as music director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestra director at the Grand Rapids Community College.

Brann’s Steakhouse CEO’s folksy memoir serves up tales of 4 decades in Michigan restaurant business

April 15, 2014; MLive

At age 19, Tommy Brann became the youngest restaurant owner in Michigan.
…His philanthropic efforts range from creating a scholarship for African-American hospitality students at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $15,000 for the Veterans Park in Grand Rapids and purchasing helmets for the Wyoming Police Department.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

April 15, 2014; Cadillac News

Aquinas College freshman Aaron Hodges (Cadillac H.S.) hit the “B standard” for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault as he took fifth place with a leap of 15-feet, 5-inches at the Don Klienow Track & Field Invitational Saturday at Siena Heights.
…Davenport University freshman Cayman Gatt (Pine River H.S.) had three hits in the Panthers’ 7-2 JV softball win over Grand Rapids Community College on April 7. She added two hits in Davenport’s 4-2 Game 2 win.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Jayhawk softball extends win streak to 3 games

April 14, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI The Muskegon Community College softball team got off to a slow start this season, but appears to be turning things around.
…MCC swept Grand Rapids Community College 11-0 and 13-0 on April 11.

GRCC In the News, 4-14-14

April 14, 2014

GRCC weighs economic development programs that would cost $1 million in property taxes over 20 years

April 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees is to decide next week whether to participate or opt out of new tax capturing entities in Gaines and Byron townships, administrators said.

Blind man hit by car recovering from injuries, has sympathy for driver

April 11, 2014; MLive

Osman Koroma, the 23-year-old blind man who was hit by a car, is recovering from his injuries and says he has only compassion for the driver who hit him last month.

… He looks forward to finishing the semester at Grand Rapids Community College although he needs a new laptop, because his was destroyed in the accident.

Office furniture suppliers brace for growth

April 13,2014; mibiz.com

The forecast for significant growth in the office furniture industry could bring some rewarding and potentially challenging times for the West Michigan base of suppliers.

“GRCC and GVSU don’t have a program for the office furniture supply chain,” (Steve) Waltman said. “I think we’ve missed an opportunity to keep our kids here.”

Actors’ Theatre’s ‘God of Carnage’ features four parents in need of their own ‘time out’

April 11, 2014;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Parenthood can put you in some uncomfortable predicaments. But none might be as awkward as when a seemingly safe situation has the grownups acting worse than their kids.

Such is the case in the upcoming comedy from Actors Theatre called God of Carnage, playing Thursday through Saturday nights from April 17 26 at the GRCC Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Tiny Twinklers class begins April 18

April 14, 2014

GRCC Arts Outreach is excited to open a new section of Tiny Twinklers parent and child music class starting this Friday! Class is held 10:30-11:15am in the music building, room 303. $10 per session, $70 total April 18-May 30. Infants-preschoolers are welcome! Siblings under 1 are free! Email grccao@gmail.com to register.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.

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GRCC In the News, 4-8-14

April 8, 2014

Q&A with Chuck Hadden: Not making money now? ‘Better check your business plan’

April 3, 2014;  Crain’s Detroit Business

In 2012, Michigan’s manufacturing output totaled $66.2 billion, up from $58.2 billion in 2009, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Those numbers illustrate how the state’s manufacturing is on a strong upward trend, as auto suppliers and others seek to keep up with customer orders and find new talent.
… There are a lot of ways to get talent. There’s a creative way at Grand Rapids Community College where students work during the day and go to school at night. The students are being paid to work, and the manufacturers are paying for their college.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids to Present GOD OF CARNAGE, 4/17-26

April 8, 2014; broadwayworld.com

On April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning on April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

 

Faculty members present viola recital

April 1, 2014

GRCC faculty will perform in a viola recital at 4 p.m. April 5.

 


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