Posted tagged ‘Performing arts’

Photos from ‘A Further Education’

March 24, 2017

You have two more chances to see “A Further Education” — Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Call 234-3946 for tickets!

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GRCC Players present ‘A Further Education’

March 21, 2017

The GRCC Players’ presentation of “A Further Education” opens this weekend!

A Further Education by Will Mortimer. March 23-25, 2017 at 8 p.m., Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. www.grcc.edu/theater GRCC. Grand Rapids Community College. All participants welcome. Those in need of special accommodations, please contact Disability Services at (616)234-4110.

GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

March 14, 2017

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.

 

Avanti Guitar Trio to perform March 16

March 3, 2017

The Avanti Guitar Trio is a world-class chamber ensemble whose performances are exciting, approachable and welcoming. Guitarists Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg and Wesley Hixson blend together pristine technique and sensitive interpretation, earning critical acclaim for their engaging concerts and varied programming.

AGT repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary and features newly composed music, engaging transcriptions of classical masterpieces, and an occasional rock/pop or jazz tune.

Based in Chicago, AGT has performed for the Waukegan Chamber Society, Chicago Composers’ Consortium, Illinois Wesleyan University, Quincy University, Church of Beethoven, and Harold Washington Chicago Public Library. AGT has shared the stage with renowned guitarists Benjamin Verdery, William Coulter, Las Guitarras de España, and Earl Klugh.

Formed in 2010 the Avanti Guitar Trio continues to expand the guitar trio repertoire by composing/transcribing new works and collaborating with established and upcoming composers.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Parking is available in the GRCC parking ramp for $3.50.  Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door.

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

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents the Avanti Guitar Trio. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door from $10-15. To buy tickets, visit grcc.edu/guitar. Parking is available at Park Church and in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp for $3.50. Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door. For more information, call (616) 234-4095 or email bmorris@grcc.edu. Thank you to our sponsor: Guitar Foundation of America.

Avanti Guitar Trio to perform as part of International Guitar Series

February 20, 2017

The final performance in this year’s International Guitar Series will feature the Avanti Guitar Trio on March 16:

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents the Avanti Guitar Trio. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door from $10-15. To buy tickets, visit grcc.edu/guitar. Parking is available at Park Church and in the GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp for $3.50. Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door. For more information, call (616) 234-4095 or email bmorris@grcc.edu. Thank you to our sponsor: Guitar Foundation of America.

GRCC Players add performances of ‘Facing Our Truth’

January 31, 2017

Because of high ticket demand, the GRCC Players have extended their production of “Facing Our Truth”! Added performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb 2, 3 and 4 in the lab space theater (Room 201) at Spectrum Theater.

Thursday and Friday nights will include a talk back, facilitated by Sophia Brewer, to discuss issues raised in the play. Thursday night panel members include Dr. Kate Byerwalter, Dr. Bill Pink, and Dr. Ennis Young. Friday night panel members include Dr. Andre Fields, Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, and Jeremy Moore (Equity PAC).

Seating is limited and shows are selling out! Please call our box office at 234-3946 (open Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to purchase tickets today.

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GRCC Players present ‘Facing Our Truth’ Jan. 26 to 28

January 25, 2017

The GRCC Players will present “Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” by Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien and A. Rey Pamatmat.

The production runs at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 through 28 in Spectrum Theater’s lab space/black box theater (room 201).

Tickets cost $10 for the public and $3 for GRCC students. Call (616) 234-3946 to purchase tickets.

Facing Our Truth. Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O'Brien, A. Rey Pamatmat. 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. Jan. 26-28 (possible ext: Feb. 2-4) 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201). For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946 or visit www.grcc.edu/theater.

 

Condolences upon the death of Rosa Daniels

January 19, 2017

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Music Department faculty member Rosa Daniels, who passed away Jan. 16. The funeral is scheduled for Jan. 21.

GRCC In the News, 1-9-17

January 9, 2017

Professional Notes

Jan. 5, 2017; Community College Week

Appointments

… Bill Pink, vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College, has been named the college’s new president. Prior to joining GRCC’s leadership team in March 2015, Pink served as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He has been an educator for more than 25 years, and has taught or coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. Pink has an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelors degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

The sweet spot of STRIVE

Jan. 9, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Rockford Public Schools, MI — Denae Gillean and Jennifer Olson have a nice and easy relationship, the kind that comes from swapping weekly text messages and picking up roadside trash together in the rain.

… It was one of several service activities students are performing this year. They also toured Grand Rapids Community College, where Denae would like to enroll. Winning the $1,200 STRIVE scholarship this May would help a lot, she says, as she will have to pay for most of her schooling. She’s interested in eventually studying psychology at a four-year university.

Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” begins 1/12

Jan. 8, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Tickets are on sale now for the Jewish Theater Grand Rapids’ production of “Irena’s Vow” which opens this Thursday, January 12th.  It’s an incredible, true story you don’t want to miss.

… Performances will be on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain ST NE in downtown Grand Rapids on the GRCC campus.

GRCC In the News, 1-4-17

January 4, 2017

‘Irena’s Vow’ debuts January 12 through Jewish Theatre GR

Jan. 3, 2017; FOX 17

The Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids has been rehearsing for weeks, now they’re introducing the production of “Irena’s Vow” to kick off the new year.

… “Irena’s Vow” will be performed at GRCC Spectrum Theatre at the following dates:

GRCC In the News, 1-3-17

January 3, 2017

 

Amanda Price bill opens possibility for lowering community college costs

Dec. 30, 2016; Grand Haven Tribune

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 4265, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, that would give voters in counties that don’t border community college districts the chance to approve joining a district.

… “Think of Grand Rapids Community College,” Price said. “If we wanted it here in Holland, we would have to go through the whole process of becoming accredited, which is not likely to happen even in Ottawa County. We have to be a contiguous district, but there are several school districts and communities in between.”

Grand Rapids murders up slightly from last year; nine of 12 deaths involved a gun

Dec. 29, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – As 2016 draws to a close, the city of Grand Rapids is ending the year with an uptick in murders.

… Here is a look at the city’s dozen murders so far this year:

… April 30, 2016: Jeanne Huntoon, 34, was found beaten and fatally stabbed next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Bill Pink Raising the Bar at Every Level

Dec. 27, 2016; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Throughout his youth, Dr. Bill Pink had one academic goal. “I wanted to leave my mark on every school that I left, and so I wanted to have my name up on the wall,” says Pink, who was unanimously voted in November to become the next president of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Greenville Department of Public Safety welcomes 2 new officers

Dec. 23, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety has welcomed two new officers to its ranks.

… After graduating from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy program this past October, (Marcus) Roy was selected for a full-time job along with DeWitt after the city received 35 applications for two open positions.

Dancing with the Local Stars tickets go on sale Jan. 2

Dec. 28, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce has announced that tickets for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event will be available on Jan. 2.

… The 2017 participants include:

… Becky Kuznar, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Program Manager, Lake Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with Patrick Johnson, Co-Owner PT Arts – LLC Consulting; Dance Faculty Instructor, GRCC; President & CEO, West Michigan Flight Academy

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board

Dec. 20, 2016; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Sarah Greiner of Hart and Eric Herrygers of Hart to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board which develops and implements asparagus marketing programs.

… Greiner is an owner/operator of Todd Greiner Farms Packing, LLC which grows fruits, vegetables and evergreens; they also operate a fresh asparagus packing facility.  Greiner holds an associate’s degree in allied health from Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent Northern-Central Michigan Growers.

National Endowment for the Arts awards $60,000 to West Michigan poet, Grand Rapids Symphony, UICA

Dec. 30, 2016; MLive

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a West Michigan poet a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship for 2017.

… Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the performance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Along with Hathaway, the one-night only show features the Grand Rapids Community Chorus organized by Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Thomas Wilcher would consider leaving Cass Tech for right college job

Dec. 30, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

Thomas Wilcher plans to leave all his options on the table.

… Wilcher’s role models include Ferris State coach Tony Annese, who won three prep titles at Muskegon and then left to coach Grand Rapids Community College, where he won two national titles. Now, Annese is building an NCAA Division II power at Ferris State.

International Guitar Series features Brian Morris, Libor Ondras

December 15, 2016

The International Guitar Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 with Professor Brian Morris and Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras:

The GRCC International Guitar Series presents Libor Ondras, viola and violin with Brian Morris, guitar. Featuring music by Schubert and Piazzola. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Park Church, 10 East Park Place NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503. Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is available in the GRCC Bostwick parking ramp for $3.50. Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door. For more information, call (616) 234-4095 or email bmorris@grcc.edu. To buy tickets, visit grcc.edu/guitar. Thank you to our sponsor: Guitar Foundation of America.

GRCC Players’ ‘Somewhere In Between’ runs Dec. 1-3

November 30, 2016

The GRCC Players will present Craig Pospisil’s “Somewhere In Between” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 to 3.

Attention GRCC Staff: Call ext. 3946 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, or Friday, Dec. 2, and get two tickets to the production. GRCC staff tickets are $10 — mention seeing this “ad” in GRCC Today and get our BOGO offer: TWO tickets for just $10. You can purchase them over the phone with Visa/MC, or you can purchase with cash or check at the door.

Somewhere In Between by Craig Pospisil. Dec. 1-3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. www.grcc.edu/theater. GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

November 28, 2016

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.

 

Student Grace VanHoven receives 3rd place in Opera Grand Rapids competition

November 22, 2016

GRCC student Grace VanHoven received Division I third place in Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition!

The competition is open to student vocalists who are being trained full time at West Michigan colleges and universities. Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras and string specialist, was a judge.