Music

Mona Shores H.S. choir "Americas Tallest Singing Christmas Tree" photo
Patrick Center / WGVU

It's Christmas Eve. We ring in the holiday with the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra's celebration of the 35th season of America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree ffrom the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon.  

Steve Talaga

Dec 20, 2019
Local Spins

 Music in the House, Musician Steve Talaga and daughter Lauren talk about this weekend's performance, including the arrangement I Put A Spell on You by Lauren.

Mona Shores H.S. choir "Americas Tallest Singing Christmas Tree" photo
Patrick Center / WGVU

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree is celebrating its 35th season performing to sellout crowds at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Theater this weekend.

“It’s five stories tall, 67 feet, it’s decorated just like your home tree with tinsel and angels and all of that and 25,000 led lights.”

Shawn Lawton is Director of Choirs at Mona Shores High School.

School News Network: Comstock Park Percussion

Nov 25, 2019
Bill Vits, principal percussionist with the Grand Rapids Symphony photo
School News Network

Comstock Park third graders had the chance to hear how 40 percussion instruments can come together in harmony. The musical zoo was courtesy of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

About 140 third graders from Comstock Park’s Pine Island Elementary School visited Celebration Cinema North recently to watch a live performance by Bill Vits, principal percussionist with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Metro Grand Rapids

Jul 26, 2019

 Metro Grand Rapids opens its doors Saturday night, offering a new stage for West Michigan's up and coming musicians and artists. We discuss this location on Division.

 

  

Fifty years ago, La Grande Vitesse was constructed in downtown Grand Rapids by Alexander Calder. It’s the red sculpture in front of City Hall.

The year was 1970, and in honor of the new sculpture, a group of volunteers started the annual Festival of the Arts.

 

“All of this was a volunteer effort to just further the arts in the community and make the community a better place,” said local artist Fred Bivins.

 

Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO retires

Jan 2, 2019

  

Peter M. Perez served as Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO the past two years. At the age of 78 he says it’s time to retire. He tells me he’ll always cherish the symphony’s triumphant return in April to New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

“We also took the chorus with us and the world-renowned pianist Nelson Freire a great friend of our Music Director, Marcelo Lehninger, was the featured artist and pianist at that event.”

Perez was also chair of the symphony from 2013 to 2015 and during that time it performed the “Live Arts” show at Van Andel Arena.

  

Bob Margolin is a veteran blues bass player and guitarist who has performed and recorded with some of the greatest blues legends, from Muddy Waters to Pinetop Perkins. WGVU's Scott Vander Werf brings this preview. 

Mind, Music, Magic

Oct 1, 2018

We begin a series discussing Mind, Music, Magic, an event on October 19th that celebrates the relationship between happiness and music. Guests from the Alzheimers Association, West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensemble, and AARP join us to discuss.

Musician Glenn Bulthuis joins us for music and conversation this morning.  Glenn Bulthuis and Friends next concert is June 16th. 

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