Music & Dance

Arts at Noon

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.

Wednesday, September 16                 Perugino String Quartet

The 38th season of the Arts at Noon concert series begins by welcoming back Grand Rapids' own Perugino String Quartet.  Named after Renaissance artist Pietro Perugino of Grand Rapids' sister city Perugia, Italy, the quartet has performed throughout the State of Michigan and at the world-renowned Julliard String Quartet Seminar at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  Its members, violinists Eric Tanner and Christopher Martin, violist Barbara Corbato, and cellist Stacey Bosman Tanner, are all musicians with the Grand Rapids Symphony.


Wednesday, September 23                 Michael Lowenstern

Widely considered one of the finest bass clarinetists in the world, Michael Lowenstern has performed, recorded, and toured as a soloist and with ensembles of every variety.  A cross between Eric Dolphy, Meat Beat Manifest, NPR's This American Life, The Gap Band, and Igor Stravinsky, his sound defies definition; it's ClassicoFunkTronica.  On stage, Lowenstern brings not only his formidable skill and finesse on the bass clarinet, but also his sense of humor and an enthusiasm which can only be called infectious.


Wednesday, October 7                        Dr. Dale Cockrell

Dr. Dale Cockrell, Professor Emeritus of Musicology from Vanderbilt University and a specialist in nineteenth-century American music, presents his lecture "Blood on Fire:  Sex, Music, and Dance from Minstrelsy to Jazz."  This lecture will examine the nexus between the big business of prostitution in the United States from 1840-1917, music-making, dance, sexuality, and the underground cultural economy, and the development of musical foundations upon which an extraordinarily vital twentieth-century American popular music was built.


Wednesday, October 14                     Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky.  The ensemble has performed in 24 countries in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. The orchestra's discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d'Or award in France, Critics’ Choice in London's Gramophone, Critics’ Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.


Wednesday, October 28                     Cello Fest!

GVSU Professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia hosts this annual event featuring music for solo cello and cello ensemble.  This year’s performance will include internationally acclaimed guest artists Emilio Colón, professor of cello at Indiana University, and André Gaskins, principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. 


Wednesday, November 11                 Alhaji Papa Susso

Alhaji Papa Susso is a master kora (African harp-lute) player from The Gambia, West Africa.  Susso hails from a long line of Griots (traditional oral historians) of the Mandinka people.  He was taught the kora by his father and has been playing since the age of five.  Susso has performed at Carnegie Hall and made appearances with the Detroit Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  His ensemble will present a concert of traditional African music and dance.


Wednesday, December 2                    Holiday Music for Brass Quintet

The GVSU Brass Quintet presents their annual “Holiday Music for Brass Quintet” concert.  GVSU faculty members Alex Wilson, trumpet; Richard Britsch, horn; Mark Williams, trombone; and Paul Carlson, tuba, will entertain you with traditional music of the holiday season arranged for brass.



Page last modified September 23, 2015