Music & Dance

Arts at Noon

Winter 2015 Series

Wednesday, January 14                     Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group

“Few West Michigan jazz bands do it any better,” is how the Grand Rapids Press described the music of the Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group. CHV features Jim Cooper on vibes and marimba, Dave Hay on keyboards, and Mike Van Lente on drums and percussion, a unique interactive blend of instrumental sounds and textures. Add to that their original repertoire and it’s no wonder CHV has been captivating audiences at festivals, clubs, and schools all around West Michigan.

Wednesday, January 28                     Violinist Walter Verdehr

Walter Verdehr, professor of violin at Michigan State University, presents a unique program featuring Sonata in F Major by Felix Mendelssohn, Fantasy for violin and harp by Camille Saint-Saëns, and two works by James Niblock.  His performance style has been described by the The Times of London as "sweeping and vigorous." The Vienna Express called him "a perfect violinist with beautiful blossoming tone and noble musicality."  Professor Verdehr performs on the ex “Stephens-Verdehr” Stradivarius of 1690.

Wednesday, February 4                     Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony returns for their annual performance at Grand Valley State University conducted by Associate Conductor John Varineau.  They will perform Antonín DvoYák’s Serenade in E major and Bohuslav Martino’s Nonet.  Be sure to hear this free performance by an ensemble that is an integral and indispensable part of the West Michigan community.

Wednesday, February 11                   Grand Valley Winds

Grand Valley State University's own faculty wind quintet, Grand Valley Winds, presents music for woodwind quintet.  Comprised of GVSU faculty members Christopher Kantner, flute; Marlen Vavrikova, oboe; Joel Schekman, clarinet; Vincent Karamanov, bassoon; and Richard Britsch, horn; Grand Valley Winds is dedicated to promoting and sharing their passion for chamber music with audiences in recitals, public school clinics, and during annual instrument days at GVSU.

Wednesday, March 11                        Aries Trio

The Aries Trio is a groundbreaking group. Featuring Grand Valley State University’s trumpet professor, Richard Stoelzel, with violinist Megan Crawford and pianist Sheryl Iott, the ensemble’s unique instrumentation of trumpet, violin, and piano has caught the attention of world-class composers. The Aries Trio has quickly established itself in the music world with its high standards and amazing versatility and virtuosity.

Wednesday, March 25                       Violinist Stanley Ritchie and the GVSU Early Music Ensemble

Stanley Ritchie, professor of violin and early music at Indiana University, is featured with the GVSU Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Grand Valley professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia.  Mr. Ritchie has directed and appeared as soloist with many period instrument ensembles, including The Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra.

Wednesday, April 1                            Todd Reynolds

Violinist, composer, educator, and technologist Todd Reynolds is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music.’ The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic, and pan-genre composition and improvisation. 

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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