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St. Cecilia Music Center announces dynamic 2017-18 concert line-up

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St. Cecilia Music Center 2017/2018 Season Concerts

Acoustic Cafe Series: Leo Kottke - October 26, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Essential String Trios - November 2, 2017

Jazz Series Encore Season: Christian McBride - November 16, 2017

Jazz Series Encore Season: Brad Mehldau - November 30, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Brahms and Dvořák - January 18, 2018

Acoustic Cafe Series: Judy Collins - February 1, 2018

Jazz Series Encore Season: Gregory Porter - February 22, 2018

Jazz Series Encore Season: Kurt Elling - March 22, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Mozart, Weber and Brahms - April 19, 2018

 

THE FEED

St. Cecilia Music Center's 2017 / 2018 Jazz, Chamber Music and Acoustic Folk Performers will include Judy Collins, Leo Kottke, Christian McBride, Brad Mehldau, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, and the Renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Gregory Porter performing at SCMC on February 22, 2018

Gregory Porter performing at SCMC on February 22, 2018


Judy Collins performing at SCMC on February 1, 2018

Judy Collins performing at SCMC on February 1, 2018 /Brad Trent

Brad Mehldau performing at SCMC on November 30, 2017

Brad Mehldau performing at SCMC on November 30, 2017 /Michael Wilson

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St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) in Grand Rapids has announced their 2017 / 2018 concert season featuring the best musicians in chamber, jazz and folk music. The first concert will be on October 26, 2017 featuring Singer / Songwriter Leo Kottke, legendary acoustic guitarist in the Acoustic Café Folk Series. Highlights for the annual season include the following concerts.

The outstanding Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform at SCMC on three dates with CMS Artistic Directors Wu Han and David Finckel performing in two of the three concerts. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances include the works of Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, and Beethovan among other prolific composers works on November 2, 2017, January 18 and April 19, 2018.

SCMC has worked in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2012.  SCMC Executive Director Cathy Holbrook said, “SCMC is pleased to continue its partnership with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and its artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. As always we choose programs that include David and Wu Han on a program each. This year they also are bringing some new faces to the series to introduce audiences to the next generation of chamber music stars. I’m especially looking forward to the pieces for four-hand piano with Wu Han and Michael Brown in January.”

The eleventh season of SCMC’s Jazz Series is appropriately entitled “The Encore Season” as it brings back favorite performers from the past 10 years. Holbrook commented, “This is going to be a jazz series for the record books at St. Cecilia Music Center! We thought during our eleventh season of Jazz it would be great to bring some of our favorite artists from the first 10 years back for what we are calling our ‘Encore Season’.”

This special season will feature four concerts with the best jazz artists on the world stage, who have all appeared at SCMC and received outstanding accolades: GRAMMY-winning bassist Christian McBride will perform on November 16, 2017; Contemporary Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau will appear on November 30, 2017; GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter will perform on February 22, 2018; and multi-GRAMMY nominated baritone vocalist Kurt Elling will appear on March 22, 2018.

The Acoustic Café Series, in partnership with the syndicated radio show of the same name, will continue in 2017-18 with two blockbuster artists who are well-known to music lovers.

“Since its inception, the Acoustic Café Folk Series has continued to expand its offerings bringing some of today’s up and coming artists, as well as some of the veterans of the singer/songwriter genre. For our 2017/2018 season, we currently have two artists booked who represent generations of great music making – the return of guitar legend Leo Kottke on October 26, 2017 and the renowned and beloved singer Judy Collins on February 1, 2018. Stay tuned for more exciting shows to be announced as the season approaches,” said Holbrook.

MORE SCMC 2017/2018 CONCERT INFORMATION

For 133 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. Today, St. Cecilia Music Center is known by audiences and artists alike as one of the finest venues to hear and see world-renowned musicians.  The building at the corner of Ransom and Fulton Streets was built in 1894 and has been in continuous operation as a music center since that time. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to a vibrant concert series including top-name jazz artists, chamber musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and touring folk musicians in a series that partners with the nationally-syndicated Acoustic Café Radio Show with Rob Reinhart. It also houses all of SCMC’s School of Music activities and is rented for community events.

St. Cecilia Music Center completed a new renovation of their building in 2016, which included new seating, updated heating and cooling systems and professional sound and lighting systems in the Royce Auditorium that have enhanced the enjoyment and comfort of concert patrons. 

Tickets

Season subscription tickets to the 2017-18 Jazz Series and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert Series are now available at special rates by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Single tickets to chamber, jazz, and Acoustic Café concerts are also on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.org. A pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception for $15 per person per concert is also available for all Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Jazz Series concerts. (The pre-concert reception price is only $7 per reception when you purchase a subscription.)

Series Subscribers are offered great benefits including:

· 15-20 percent discount off single ticket prices

· Reserved parking on concert nights (subject to availability)

· 60 percent off pre-concert receptions ticket price ($20 pp for three receptions in a series, holding a value of $15 per person/per concert) CMS and Jazz performances only

Ticket prices: All ticket prices include service fees and are the same no matter the purchase point. No additional fees will be added. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. All concerts include a post-party for concert ticket holders.

 

SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS

Chamber Music Society Series

3-concert subscription

15 percent discount off single ticket prices

A Sec. Subscription $110

A Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $130

B Sec. Subscription $97

B Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $117

 

Spectacular Jazz Series – The “Encore Season”

4-concert subscription

15 percent discount off single ticket prices

A Sec. Subscription $150

A Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $177

B Sec. Subscription $133

B Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $160

 

Chamber Music Society AND Jazz Subscription package

20 percent discount off single ticket prices

7-concert combination series 

A Sec. Subscription $260

A Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $292

B Sec. Subscription $230

B Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $263

 

SINGLE TICKETS

 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Single tickets 

All concerts – November 2, 2017; January 18, 2018; April 19, 2018

A section $43

B section $38

 

Jazz Series Single tickets 

Christian McBride – November 16, 2017 

A section $43

B section $38

 

Brad Mehldau Trio – November 30, 2017 

A section $43

B section $38

 

Gregory Porter – February 22, 2018 

A section $45 

B section $40

 

Kurt Elling – March 22, 2018

A section $45 

B section $40

 

Acoustic Café single tickets 

Leo Kottke - October 26, 2017

A section $40

B section $35

 

Judy Collins - February 1, 2018

A section $45

B section $55

 

 

St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and 

performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. 

The Center fulfills this mission by 

presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, 

providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and 

preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events


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