Arts

michigan.org

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree calls West Michigan home. Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts hosted Mona Shores High School’s 33rd annual America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree concert this year.

WGVU visited with the choir for a behind-the-scenes tour of a lakeshore holiday tradition.

gvsu.edu

Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble cracked NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017 with its song Glass Surface composed by Daniel Rhode. What is it about the music drawing national praise? WGVU talks with one of its creators.

“Once the news spread to my students and then the composer of this song they really just, just totally flipped.” Bill Ryan is director of New Music Ensemble. He recalls receiving the web alert that its song Glass Surface had landed at number 88 on NPR’s list of Top 100 Songs of 2017.

michigan.org

This weekend’ s performances at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts are sold out for Mona Shores High School’s 33rd annual Singing Christmas Tree concert. WGVU visited with the choir to check out what makes America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree so popular?

“It is called America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree. It is 67 feet tall which is the tallest singing Christmas tree in the United States and we think the world.”

Shawn Lawton is Mona Shores High School Choir director and the director of the singing Christmas tree.

All About Holland

Oct 16, 2017
Holland Area Arts Council

All About Holland, a conversation on the arts in Holland with Lorma Freestone and Steve Marshall.  Today we talk about the upcoming magic shows and more.

Meijer Gardens / meijergardens.org

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrated its $115 million expansion project with a groundbreaking/kickoff.

A Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree ceremoniously extracted from the Meijer Gardens site where the new 60,000 square foot LEED certified Welcome Center will be constructed.

Twenty-two years ago when the gardens and sculpture park opened its 940 square feet admissions space was designed to greet 200,000 visitors a year. Since then the number of annual guests has more than tripled.

Cultured.GR

ArtPrize 9 starts this week and cultured.GR's Holly Bechiri joins us this morning to discuss art and more.

plazaroosevelt.org

The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

All About Holland

Aug 21, 2017
Holland Area Arts Council

All About Holland, a regular segment on the arts in Holland. Today,  Attila Mosolygo, Director of the Grand Rapids Youth Ballet is here along with the Holland Area Arts Council's Lorma Freestone.

WGVU previews Jon Davis' "Happy Juice"

Jul 31, 2017
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New York pianist Jon Davis is a musicians’ musician. He has a new CD out paying tribute to the great jazz piano players of the 1960s and 70s, including Bill Evans. WGVU previews Happy Juice.

Avenue for the Arts

We talk about this Friday's Avenue for the Arts First Friday, which includes a Tour of Hidden Downtown Gardens, art vendors and more. We talk to Callie Cherry and Nicole Grabowski.

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