College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arts at noon

Date: September 25, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cook DeWitt

The 36thseason of Grand Valley State University's annual Arts at Noon series begins this Wednesday at noon in the Cook-DeWitt Center with a performance by Jessica Louise Coe, soprano, accompanied by GVSU faculty member Robert Byrens, piano, performing the songs of Benjamin Britten.


There are seven concerts this Fall ranging from indie pop vocalist  Mônica da Silva to a re-creation of a civil war-era brass band, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band.  Except as noted on Monday, December 2, all of the Arts at Noon events will take place on Wednesdays in the Cook-DeWitt Center, begin at 12:00 noon, and last approximately one hour.  All of the concerts are free and open to the college community and the general public.  A complete schedule of performances this semester is listed below or you can check the Department of Music website:    http://gvsu.edu/music/artsatnoon.


Thank you for your support of Arts at Noon!


Wednesday, September 11                        Benjamin Britten:  A Century of Song

Soprano Jessica Louise Coe and Grand Valley pianist Robert Byrens celebrate the 100th birthday of the British composer Benjamin Britten.  With hundreds of works for virtually every instrument in his musical output, Britten is most remembered for his vocal works.  A Century of Song will present pieces from Britten’s song repertoire, which provide the audience with a sense of the composer’s diverse musical language and embody the wonderful paradox of Britten’s music: a highly experimental style that pushes conventional expectations while at the same time remains easy to listen to and enjoy.


Wednesday, September 25                        GVSU Chamber Players:  Brahms “Clarinet Quintet”

Grand Valley faculty members Arthur Campbell (clarinet), Gregory Maytan (violin), Paul Swantek (viola), and Pablo Mahave-Veglia (cello) join with guest artist Oleg Bezuglov (violin) to present Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115.  The work was written in 1891 for the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld and is widely considered one of Brahms’ finest chamber works.


Wednesday, October 2                                 Mônica da Silva

Brazilian-American vocalist Mônica da Silva, accompanied by guitarist Chad Alger, presents her unique musical style which combines indie pop with touches of samba and bossa nova.  Performing songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, her music truly reflects the concept of World Music.  Miami’s Acontece magazine recently called Mônica’s music “the future of Bossa Nova with the face of youth today.”


Wednesday, October 16                               Dodworth Saxhorn Band

The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, America’s Premier 19th Century Brass Band, presents The Civil War Years:  A Civil War Commemoration and Veteran’s Salute.  Based in Ann Arbor, this 17-member ensemble brings America’s past to life through music, song, drama, poetry, dance, and theatre and highlights musical virtuosity on 150-year-old brass instruments.  Enjoy classic American songs in this special historical presentation.


Wednesday, October 23                               Cello Fest!

Led by GVSU Cello Professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia, Cello Fest! is an annual event that brings to campus some of the leading cello performers and teachers in the country.  This year’s concert will feature seven internationally renowned guest artists:  Germán Marcano, Jeremy Crosmer, Aron Zelkovicz, Anthony Arnone, Alicia Eppinga, Martine Bennmann, and Melissa Kraut.


Monday, December 2                                    Holiday Music for Brass Quintet

Back for the third year in a row, the GVSU Brass Quintet presents Holiday Music for Brass Quintet.  Come and listen to the wondrous sound of holiday carols arranged for brass.  GVSU faculty members Richard Stoelzel and Kevin Good, trumpet; Richard Britsch, horn; Mark Williams, trombone; and Paul Carlson, tuba, will brighten your holiday season with joyful music.