Music & Dance

Arts at Noon

Fall 2014 Series

Wednesday, September 3                   Wisaal

Wisaal is a Mediterranean fusion group based in Lansing, MI whose unique style of music draws influences from around the globe. Traditional music from Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon is infused with klezmer clarinet and folk mandolin. Original tunes and arrangements combine globally influenced melodies with American jazz and classical influences. Wisaal's percussion section features a battery of instruments from the Mediterranean, South America, India, and beyond. This fusion of styles creates a music that transcends musical boundaries.

 

Wednesday, September 17                 Pianist Andreas Klein
Grand Valley welcomes back German-born pianist Andreas Klein, internationally acclaimed as a luminous and captivating artist, and an introspective and poetic performer. The New York Times summed it up: "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four T's of pianism."  His performance will feature a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Ginastera.

 

Wednesday, October 1                       Donald Sinta Quartet

Formed in November of 2010, the Donald Sinta Quartet has quickly achieved international renown for its performances and championing of the very latest repertoire from emerging young composers.  Named for legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the group's mentor, the quartet has distinguished itself on the competition circuit winning 1st Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City, the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman International Competition in Pasadena, California, and 1st Prize at the North American Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition in Arizona.

 

Wednesday, October 15                     Cello Fest!

The 2014 edition of Cello Fest!, hosted by GVSU Professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia, will feature international guest artists Joseph Johnson, principal cellist with the Toronto Symphony, and Ashley Bathgate, cellist with the New York-based Bang on a Can All-Stars.  Joined by Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra cellists Alicia Eppinga, Jeremy Crosmer, and others, they will present works by Telemann and Barriere, as well as Cello Counterpoint by American minimalist master Steve Reich.

 

Wednesday, November 5                   Crispin Campbell Quartet

The Crispin Campbell Quartet features innovative cellist Crispin Campbell, internationally renowned flutist Nancy Stagnitta, versatile guitarist Angelo Meli, and Detroit’s well-known grande dame of the bass Marion Hayden.  The quartet performs an engaging mix of jazz, tango, samba, and blues improvisations with a chamber music awareness. Both Campbell and Stagnitta are instructors at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

 

Wednesday, November 19                 Rebel

Hailed by the New York Times as “Sophisticated and Beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making,” the New York-based Baroque ensemble Rebel (pronounced “Re-BEL”) has earned an impressive international reputation, enchanting diverse audiences by their unique style and their virtuosic, highly expressive, and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

 

Wednesday, December 3                    Holiday Music for Brass Quintet

In what has become an annual tradition, the GVSU Brass Quintet presents “Holiday Music for Brass Quintet.”  Come and listen to the wondrous sound of holiday music arranged for brass.  GVSU faculty members Richard Stoelzel and Jeff Lewandowski, trumpet; Richard Britsch, horn; Mark Williams, trombone; and Paul Carlson, tuba, will bring joy to your holiday season.

All Arts at Noon concerts take place in the Cook-DeWitt Center, begin at 12:00 noon, and last approximately one hour.  There is no admission charge.  All are open to the college community and the general public.

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