SOURCE: St. Cecilia Music Center

St. Cecilia Music Center

June 01, 2011 06:00 ET

St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids Announces 2011-12 Jazz and Chamber Music Concert Series Artists

Highlighted by the Great Artist Gala With World-Renowned Violinist Sarah Chang on October 13, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, regarded as the ideal concert stage for the performance of internationally known musicians, announces a new season of Jazz and Chamber Music performances. St. Cecilia Music Center is excited to bring world-renowned violinist Sarah Chang to Grand Rapids to perform for TheGreat Artist Gala, an annual fundraising event to be held on October 13, 2011. The Gala will be closely followed by the Jazz Series which will begin on October 27 and the Chamber Music Series beginning in March 2012. Tickets to The Great Artist Gala with Sarah Chang, as well as, Season tickets to the Jazz and Chamber Music Concert Series are now available by calling 616-459-2224. Tickets can be also purchased online at www.scmc-online.org. St. Cecilia Music Center is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.

St. Cecilia Music Center's Jazz Series begins on October 27, 2011 with saxophonist Joe Lovano and Us Five. This all-star band recently recorded an album together and includes 2011 Best New Artist Grammy-award winning bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman, percussionists Franciso Mela and Otis Brown III. November 30, 2011 will bring the sultry voice of Jane Monheit to St. Cecilia Music Center. Trumpeter extraordinaire, Nicholas Payton and his quartet will perform on February 9, 2012.

St. Cecilia Music Center's Chamber Music Series begins on March 8, 2012 with a performance of Mediterranean Nights by the baroque group Apollo's Fire. The Jupiter String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for three years, will perform on April 12, 2012. On May 3, 2012 St. Cecilia Music Center will feature pianist Jeffrey Kahane in collaboration with the International Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

"We bring world-renowned artists to Grand Rapids to perform at the Great Artist Gala and St. Cecilia's Jazz and Chamber Music Series events," says Cathy Holbrook, Executive Director of St. Cecilia Music Center. "These musicians who perform worldwide are recognized as the top performers in their genre and we are proud to showcase their amazing talent in Grand Rapids at St. Cecilia Music Center."

Subscription prices for the Jazz and Chamber Music Series are now available at special prices which offer 20% off single ticket prices; a VIP subscriber card that offers discounts at selected local restaurants and retailers; Reserved parking on concert nights; Complimentary tickets to all per-concert receptions (normally a $15 per person/per concert); and a Special invitation to an ArtPrize preview party ($75 pp value) to take place in Fall 2011.

Season subscriptions and individual tickets can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224, visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE or purchasing online at www.scmc-online.org.

About St. Cecilia Music Center:
For 128 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 establishments to hear and see world-renowned musicians due to the wonderful acoustics in the intimate 650 seat Royce Auditorium. St. Cecilia Music Center 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 and chamber musicians.

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