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The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: ‘Open Door,’ Fall Honors Recital, Cook dedication

November 13, 2014

TONIGHT the GRCC International Guitar Series Presents: Anton Baranov

November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.

Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.”

As part of his prize from winning the GFA competition, Mr. Baranov will embark on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, and has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label. Mr. Baranov has been a D’Addario artist since 2013. He currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: bmorris@grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 11-12-14

November 12, 2014

Trees lit, flags displayed to honor veterans at GRCC

Nov. 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College’s Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday included lighting the Veterans Trees and placing 100 flags honoring American veterans.

Veterans Day in West Michigan

Nov. 11, 2014; WZZM

(This photo gallery includes GRCC’s Veterans Day ceremony.)

Vanessa Williams comes to DeVos Hall for Grand Rapids Symphony’s ‘Symphony with Soul’

Nov. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Vanessa Williams, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominated singer and actress, is special guest for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Symphony with Soul” concert in February.

… The program in DeVos Performance Hall will include Adolphus Hailstork’s “Overture” and the Grand Rapids Community Chorus directed by Duane Shields Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Photos from ‘Open Door’

November 10, 2014

GRCC’s production of Open Door drew fans of good theater and good food!

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Performances start tonight for ‘Open Door’

November 7, 2014

 

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Open Door, the time-twisting play celebrating GRCC’s 100th anniversary, opens tonight!

While the special dinner theater package is sold out, you can still purchase tickets for the play, which starts at 8 p.m. today and November 8 in Spectrum Theater. And you won’t go hungry — a free dessert reception follows both performances and SpeakEZ Lounge will host a post-show reception tonight with light appetizers and a cash bar to benefit the theater’s building fund.

 

Tickets are $25 for employees, $20 for GRCC retirees, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. The box office opens at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

A collaboration between the theater and music departments, the script was written by retired English professor Walt Lockwood and James Schafer,  coordinator of video broadcasting and distribution. The music department created the play’s original compositions.

Open Door directors Michelle Urbane, Fred Sebulske and Duane Davis have assembled a talented cast from GRCC students, alumni and community members:

  • Lisa Butler, as Pat Pulliam.
  • Jon Clausen, as Arthur Andrews, Frank McCarthy and Apple Tech.
  • Robbie Ellis, as Jack, a baseball player, Michael in addition to being a vocalist and dancer.
  • Craig Hammerlind, as John Tirrell and Director.
  • Madeline Jones, as Jill.
  • Todd Lewis, as Jesse Buttrick Davis.
  • Sammy Publes, as Juan Olivarez.
  • Jim Schafer, as Steven Ender.
  • Calin Skidmore, as Dick Calkins.
  • Tracey Walker, as Anne Mulder.
  • Ellie Frances, as a female student, in addition to being in an ensemble, a vocalist and a dancer.
  • Solomon Gant, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.
  • Jerry Jones, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.

Music faculty member Brian Morris will lead the orchestra: Brandan Grinwis, David Hay and Debora DeWitt. Thomas Moss was the rehearsal accompanist.

The award-winning design team for Open Door includes: choreographer Kathy Gibson, assistant choreographer Ellie Frances, stage manager Chris Carnevale, scenic designer Christian Poquette, lighting designer Catherine Marlett Dreher, costume designer Marcia VanKuiken, assistant costume designer Jamie Heeringa, projection designer David Kolenda, sound designer Kyle Los, properties designer Tracey Walker and hair designer Neil Trevisan.

The latest from GRCC TV on YouTube: Student Alliance, Heritage decade dish, ‘Anton in Show Business’

November 4, 2014

Reception at SpeakEZ follows opening night of ‘Open Door’

November 3, 2014

This weekend, many employees and community members will gather to celebrate GRCC’s 100th anniversary at the play Open Door. Performances start at 8 p.m. November 7 and 8 in Spectrum Theater.

While the dinner theater event is sold out, tickets to the play are still available, and a complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance. Following this reception on November 7, SpeakEZ Lounge will host a post-show reception with light appetizers and a cash bar. All are welcome to attend and ticket sales will benefit the GRCC Spectrum Theater building fund.

For tickets and information, click here.

GRCC In The News, 11-3-14

November 3, 2014

Grand Haven native Garrett Borns finds pop inspiration and major label appeal in California

Oct. 31, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — When promising young Grand Haven singer and multi-instrumentalist Garrett Borns left for New York a couple of years ago after making a splash on the local music scene, he virtually disappeared into the ether or at least, that’s the way it seemed to those who embraced the charismatic artist.
… Borns, a 2010 graduate of Grand Haven High School who attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and studied music theory at Grand Rapids Community College, said it helps that he has an amazing management team out here and “they’ve been nothing but loving and supporting and into my vision. Everything has just grown very organically and its a very cool experience.”

Two GRCC candidates to amend campaign finance forms after reporting error

Oct. 31, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees candidates will file amended campaign finance reports after failing to follow a state law on the reporting of campaign expenditures, according to the Kent County Clerk’s Office.

Mid Michigan men’s basketball opens season with narrow defeat at Lansing Community College, women open with win

Nov. 1, 2014; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College men’s basketball team opened its season with a narrow defeat on the road at 12th-ranked Lansing Community College Saturday by a final score of 90-83.
… The Lakers will look to bounce back from the loss on Wednesday when they travel to Grand Rapids to take on Grand Rapids Community College.
… WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Mid Michigan Community College 70, Lansing Community College 47
… The Lakers will look to continue their fine play when they travel to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday.

Cast, crew announced for ‘Open Door’

October 30, 2014

Open Door directors Michelle Urbane, Fred Sebulske and Duane Davis have assembled a talented cast from GRCC students, alumni and community members:

  • Lisa Butler, as Pat Pulliam.
  • Jon Clausen, as Arthur Andrews, Frank McCarthy and Apple Tech.
  • Robbie Ellis, as Jack, a baseball player, Michael in addition to being a vocalist and dancer.
  • Craig Hammerlind, as John Tirrell and Director.
  • Madeline Jones, as Jill.
  • Todd Lewis, as Jesse Buttrick Davis.
  • Sammy Publes, as Juan Olivarez.
  • Jim Schafer, as Steven Ender.
  • Calin Skidmore, as Dick Calkins.
  • Tracey Walker, as Anne Mulder.
  • Ellie Frances, as a female student, in addition to being in an ensemble, a vocalist and a dancer.
  • Solomon Gant, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.
  • Jerry Jones, as a male student in addition to being in an ensemble.

Music faculty member Brian Morris will lead the orchestra: Brandan Grinwis, David Hay and Debora DeWitt. Thomas Moss was the rehearsal accompanist.

The award-winning design team for Open Door includes: choreographer Kathy Gibson, assistant choreographer Ellie Frances, stage manager Chris Carnevale, scenic designer Christian Poquette, lighting designer Catherine Marlett Dreher, costume designer Marcia VanKuiken, assistant costume designer Jamie Heeringa, projection designer David Kolenda, sound designer Kyle Los, properties designer Tracey Walker and hair designer Neil Trevisan.

For tickets and click here.

Condolences to Dr. Kenneth Bos

October 28, 2014

Our deepest condolences to Dr. Kenneth Bos on the passing of his mother Jessie Bos, after four months at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Jessie was 96 years old. The funeral service was held on Monday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland. Ken has asked that any donations be designated for Warm Friends in Holland. This is the retirement community where Ken’s mom lived for the past five years. The obituary may be read here.

Condolences to Dr. Carol VanRandwyk

October 28, 2014

Our deepest condolences to Dr. Carol VanRandwyk on the passing of her father, Gerrit. Mr. Gerrit H. VanRandwyk, age 90, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 in Haslett, MI. He was born on November 9, 1923 in Muskegon to Henry C. & Dora (Duiser) VanRandwyk. Gerrit married the former Evelyn Holtrop on May 13, 1949 in Muskegon, MI, and they moved to Okemos, MI in 1965. Gerrit worked for the Public Broadcasting Station, WKAR at Michigan State University for 30 years before retiring. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in WWII for the 75th Joint Assault Company. Gerrit was a member of River Terrace Christian Reformed Church in East Lansing. He is survived by his daughter, Carol (Thomas E. Frazier) VanRandwyk; three grandchildren, Candace Marie (Michael Herrick) Cowen, Justin Gerrit Corey, and Steven Edward Corey; one great-granddaughter, Katherine Aurora Herrick; and brother, John VanRandwyk. Memorials sent to the GRCC Foundation Corey-VanRandwyk Memorial Scholarship would be appreciated, and may be sent to GRCC Foundation, 143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Burial will be in Restlawn Cemetery. The obituary may be read here.

Tickets still available for ‘Open Door’

October 28, 2014

Open Door poster

GRCC is taking everyone on a time-twisting adventure through 100 years of its history with its production of Open Door.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. November 7 and 8 at the Spectrum Theater. Prices are $25 for employees, $20 for GRCC retirees, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance. Call extension 3946 to purchase your tickets.

GRCC Players present ‘Anton in Show Business’

October 27, 2014

Call (616) 234-3946 or click here for tickets.

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GRCC In the News, 10-20-14

October 20, 2014

Why 2012 public masturbation incident doesn’t appear in GRCC’s annual crime report

Oct. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Scan through Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014 annual security report and you’ll see lots of stats on campus crime sexual assault, robbery, motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault, to name a few.

GRCC hosting forum for Board of Trustees candidates

Oct. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a forum for the four candidates seeking two seats on the school’s Board of Trustees.

Business leaders in the news

Oct. 19, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

… John Cameron Jr., a lawyer with Dickinson Wright in Grand Rapids, was installed as the public director for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Albion College, and graduated from Wayne State University Law School. He is a former instructor at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College. He has written several books, including “A Practitioner’s Guide to Construction Law.”

Actors’ Theatre names veteran thespian as its next managing director

Oct. 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Actors’ Theatre is welcoming a new managing director in November.

… Ben Boerkoel, president of Actors’ Theatre’s board, said he’s excited to put Los’ abilities and passion to work for the company that operates out of Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theatre.

Governor appoints LaTarro Traylor to state commission

October 20, 2014

LaTarro Traylor, Music Department Practice Room Assistant, was recently appointed by Governor Snyder to the 12-member Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity. The Commission works to reduce the causes, conditions and effects of poverty and promotes social and economic opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for low-income residents. Join us in congratulating LaTarro.

To read more about this, click here.


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