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March 4, 7:30 pm An Dro

First Fridays Music Series

April 1, 7:30 pm

Free Wheelin First Fridays Music Series Find them on Facebook

April 19, 7:00 pm Ben Bedford

in concert May 6, 7:30 pm

Max and Ruth

Bloomquist W/opener

Katie Beaman First Fridays Music Series

May 14th, 7:30 pm 4th ANNUAL



April 4-7 Performing Arts

Workshop grades 3-12

HarborLight Movie Nights March 3, April 7, May 5 Free Admission, 6:45 pm


Anniversary Celebration

Howmet Playhouse

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S SPRING SLOWLY CREEPS into Michigan and the pent-up desire for the sounds of the sea is at its peak (unless you live on the lake- shore), there is a warm, cozy haven

to satisfy until the sunbeams are in full force. Seascapes – presented by the Grand

Rapids Symphony – is a choral symphony that incorporates Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony, Arnold Bax’s “Tintagel” and Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes,” into a wave lapping, sonic experi- ence perfectly suited for late March. “Every piece was written with aquatic

material in mind,” said the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Principal Percussionist, Bill Vits. “[Each piece] is planned to sound like winter, wind and seascapes; impressionist sound pic- tures of the ocean.” The magical aspect to this event is that no

special effects are employed. “Vaughan Williams is a master orches-

trator and can use traditional instruments to create these effects [and] evoke to sound like water,” Vits said. Beyond simply conjuring natural sounds,

a chorus is prominently placed in Seascapes. Vits says the notable feature is that the Vaughan Williams symphony is the first symphony to use chorus as integral part of the musical texture. “Normally, the chorus is the frosting on

the cake. This chorus is being used in all the movements. It’s part of the orchestration rather than just [augmenting the piece].” “A Sea Symphony” is also historically

important because it helped usher in a new era of symphonic and choral music in England at the beginning of the 20th century.

SEASCAPES DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids March 25-26, 8 p.m.; $18-$90, (616) 454-9451, Ext. 4

“This is very colorful music. It’s not stoic,

it’s very dynamic even though it’s 100 years old,” Vits said. “All these pieces are really descriptive. “On the other hand, the Peter Grimes

piece, the ‘Four Sea Interludes,’ by Britton, that piece was written and premiered in 1945. So it’s much more modern sounding. It uses more percussion. Mallets, tambourines, more festive-type stuff.”

As for the local interpreters of Seascapes,

the Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director David Lockington is British-born, and Vits says Lockington has a good feel for British composers, especially Vaughan Williams. He also mentions that Pearl Shangkuan, Grand Rapids Symphony chorus director has been fantastic in growing the chorus. In a traditional symphonic setting there

are four movements: fast, slow and a finale. “You often have lengthy first and last

movements with shorter, contrasting inner movements. It’s sort of like courses of a meal, and a symphony could be thought of as a whole meal,” Vits said. Head over to Devos Performance Hall, relax, and feast on the sea. n

Other Eclectic Events | by Audria Larsen

81st Annual Saladin Shrine Circus DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids

March 10-13 $10-$16;, (616) 364-9000

A classic style spectacle, the Saladin Shrine Circus features the usual, entertaining suspects. A gaggle of elephants, big cats leaping through rings of fire, high fly- ing acrobats and brightly clad clowns have been prancing, prowling and pratfalling for 81 years. With four days and 10 shows, there is ample opportunity to get up close to the action, nosh cotton candy and marvel at the spangled performers.

Playing with Time Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Through May 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., (269) 373-7990


Learn how beards grow, watch mold expand and sit on the Perception Bench. Playing with Time explores the unseen world of imperceptible changes that go unnoticed by our big brains. Play with high-speed photography, experience time-lapse videos and natural records of change like eroded rocks to experience time shifting. This hands-on exhibit is compelling for adults and children alike and covers a myriad of topics from the solar system to popping popcorn.

19 Holes: Artist Designed Mini-Golf Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids

March 5-31, 12-10 p.m. $5-$8;, (616) 454-7000

Mini-golf bonanza! In connection with Grand Rapids’ first LaughFest, the UICA will become a multi-level mini-golf course. Featuring 19 holes, each station is created by a different artist, moving beyond the confines of the floor and utilizing the walls, windows and even the ceiling on both levels of the building. Fully interactive and highly creative, attendees are encouraged to engage in friendly competition, as mini-golf can be cut-throat indeed.


by Audria Larsen |



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