Grand Rapids’ St. Cecilia Music Center today announced its jazz, folk and chamber music series for 2017-18, and it’s a who’s who roster of award-winning musicians. See the full schedule.
High-caliber artists in jazz, folk and chamber music will grace the Royce Auditorium stage at Grand Rapids’ St. Cecilia Music Center in the coming year, with the Acoustic Cafe Folk Series hosting folk legend Judy Collins for the first time on Feb. 1.
The 2017-2018 folk series hosted by Acoustic Cafe radio show host Rob Reinhart also will welcome the return of virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke on Oct. 26, with more artists to be announced for the series “as the season approaches,” according to St. Cecilia executive director Cathy Holbrook.
Collins, 78, aka “Judy Blue Eyes,” last played Grand Rapids in 2014, performing at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Kottke, 71, played a sold-out St. Cecilia show in April 2016.
The “encore season” of St. Cecilia’s jazz series boasts the return of “some of our favorite artists from the first 10 years” of jazz concerts, Holbrook added, including the first musician to play the series a decade ago: multi-award-winning singer Kurt Elling, 49, who will perform on March 22.
The series also will feature the return on Feb. 22 of Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter, 45, who earlier this year won his second Grammy for best jazz vocal album, this one for “Take Me to the Alley.”
See the full schedule of St. Cecilia Music Center concerts here, including performances as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series.
Season subscription tickets to the 2017-18 jazz and chamber music series are now available at special rates by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. 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 scmc-online.org. Single tickets range in price from $35 to $55, depending on the concert.
ST. CECILIA JAZZ SERIES
Nov. 16 – Christian McBride
Nov. 30 – Brad Mehldau Trio
Feb. 22 – Gregory Porter
March 22 – Kurt Elling
ACOUSTIC CAFE SERIES
Oct. 26 – Leo Kottke
Feb. 1 – Judy Collins
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER SERIES
Nov. 2 – ‘Essential String Trio’ (David Finckel, Arnaud Sussman, Paul Neubauer)
Jan. 18 – ‘Brahms & Dvorak’ (Wu Han, Michael Brown, Chad Hoopes, Paul Huang, Matthew Lipman, Dmitri Atapine)
April 19 – ‘Mozart, Weber & Brahs’ (Lilles Vonsattel, Ida Kavafian, Erin Keefe, Yura Lee, Nicholas Canellakis, Tommaso Lonquich)
Get more information and tickets online at scmc-online.org.
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