Concerts in Royce Auditorium - St. Cecilia Music Center

Concerts in Royce Auditorium

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St. Cecilia Music Center 2016-17 Presenting Concerts

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. 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. It also houses all of SCMC’s School of Music activities and is rented for community events.

Our Presenting Season brings the world’s best artists in the genres of Chamber Music, Jazz and Folk to perform on the historic Royce Auditorium Stage. Constructed in 1894, Royce Auditorium has been called “the Carnegie Hall of the Mid-West.” Designed by famed Chicago Architect Henry Ives Cobb, the Auditorium is known for its intimacy (less than 700 seats) and its acoustic superiority.

Join us for a unique and intimate concert experience where you are so close to the musicians, it feels like they are playing just for you.

Tickets can be purchased as a subscription, which includes all concerts within a genre (Chamber, Folk, Jazz), or as individual concerts.


Royce Auditorium Seating Chart2016-17-Seating-Chart


The Acoustic Café Folk Series

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The Acoustic Café Folk concert series, now in its third season, is a partnership between SCMC and the syndicated radio show the Acoustic Café, and its host Rob Reinhart.

As a part of the series, interviews with guest artists  are taped at SCMC for the radio show.

 

 

Langhorne Slim
7:30pm, November 17, 2016

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Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. “If I can continue to refine the wildness but never suffocate or tame it, then I’m on the right path. Because it is a path. I feel it.”

The Pennsylvania-born, self-taught guitarist moved to Brooklyn at 18, and began feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene. Over the years, he wound his way to the West Coast and to the South, and now finds himself celebrated from Newport to Portland as one of today’s most original singers and songwriters.

Numerous press outlets have celebrated Langhorne Slim. Rolling Stone praised 2012’s The Way We Move as “damn near perfect,” while The Guardian proclaimed the band as “one of the greatest live acts.”

Additionally, Entertainment Weekly called Langhorne Slim “your next obsession,” and The New Yorker described him as having “Leadbelly’s gift for storytelling and Dylan’s ability to captivate crowds.”

His most recent release, The Spirit Moves (Dualtone, 2015), was released to high critical praise, including The Boston Globe: “Slim is more reflective now, his banjo-driven rock-folk-pop hybrid increased in artistry and depth.” The Spirit Moves is also the first album of his career written and recorded entirely sober, a fact often mentioned in interviews and reviews and thematically evident upon first listen. Easily his most introspective album, it is his second with the rock-solid members of The Law.

Slim has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Morning, and more. He has played major festivals like Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo, and has toured with The Lumineers, The Devil Makes Three, and the Avett Brothers.

When asked whether or not he fits in to any narrow-cast definition of this country’s music, Slim replies with a perfect, laconic joke: “I think we fit in most places that would take us.”

7:30pm, November 17, 2016
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $25 and $30, including all fees.
Concert followed by cash bar reception

More about Langhorne Slim


The Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center Series

Since 2012 SCMC has collaborated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s artistic directors, David Finckel and Wu Han for our chamber music series.

These intimate concerts feature the best chamber musicians in the world performing dynamic and beautiful programs in the acoustically superb Royce Auditorium.

Our unique partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center continues this season with three unique programs:

More about the CMS of Lincoln Center


Fauré and Brahms
January 26, 2017

Brahms
WoO 2, from “F-A-E” Sonata for Violin and Piano

Fauré
Quartet No. 2 in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello. Op 45

Brahms
Quartet No. 2 in A Major for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 26

Featuring pianist Alessio Bax, violinists Ani Kavafian and Yura Lee and cellist Paul Watkins.

7:30pm, January 26, 2017
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $38 and $43, including all fees.

Pre-Concert Reception Tickets are Available
Concert followed by reception

More about the CMS of Lincoln Center


French Virtuosity
March 16, 2017

Leclair
Concerto in E minor for Violin, String Quartet and Continuo, Op. 10, No. 5

Françaix
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello

Ravel
Tzigane, rapsodie de concert for Violin and Piano

Chausson
Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21

Featuring co-artistic director and pianist Wu Han; violinists Kristin Lee, Yura Lee and Arnaud Sussman; violist Richard O’Neill and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

7:30pm, March 16, 2017
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $38 and $43, including all fees.

Pre-Concert Reception Tickets are Available
Concert followed by reception

More about the CMS of Lincoln Center


The Spectacular Jazz Series

Cécile McLorin Salvant
December 8, 2016

cecileWinner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her second release, “For One To Love,” Cécile has been dubbed the Ella Fitzgerald of her generation.

 
A walk on winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition,  Cécile has taken the jazz scene by storm.

The voice of Chanel’s “Chance” ad campaign, Cécile is known for performing

unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. Focusing on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard she also sings in Spanish and her native language of French.

7:30pm, December 8, 2016
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $38 and $43, including all fees.

Pre-Concert Reception Tickets are Available
Concert followed by reception

More About Cecile Mclorin Salvant


Joey Alexander
March 23, 2017

joey-alexander-1At twelve years of age jazz prodigy Joey Alexander has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, featured on the CBS Show “60 Minutes,” and has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center and at jazz festivals around the globe.

Born in Bali, Joey first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out by ear the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection.

His father, an amateur musician, nurtured Joey’s gift for swing and improvisation by introducing him to classic jazz recordings and taking him to jam sessions with seasoned musicians in Bali and Jakarta.

Learning by listening, Joey was playing jazz festivals by the age of eight. His early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.

7:30pm, March 23, 2017
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $38 and $43, including all fees.

Pre-Concert Reception Tickets are Available
Concert followed by reception

More about Joey Alexander


SFJazz Collective
the music of Miles Davis
May 4, 2017 

An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member.  

SF Jazz Collective photograhed in San Francisco, CA October 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

SF Jazz Collective photographed in San Francisco, CA October 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

For 2016-17, the Collective will pay tribute to trumpeter, composer, and innovator Miles Davis. More than any other figure, Davis changed the sound of jazz – not once, but consistently over his career – from the birth of bebop in the 1940’s to the integration of rock approaches that gave rise to the fusion movement in the 1970’s.

The concert will feature:

Miguel Zenon on Alto Saxophone; David Sanchez on tenor saxophone; Sean Jones on trumpet; Robin Eubank on trombone; Warren Wolf on vibraphone; Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums performing the music of Miles Davis and original compositions.
 
7:30pm, May 4, 2017
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $43 and $48, including all fees.

Pre-Concert Reception Tickets are Available
Concert followed by reception

More about the SFJazz Collective


Ticket Details:

  • Season subscription discount packages are available now by calling 616-459-2224.

Jazz Subscriptions


St. Cecilia Music Center Box Office Information

  • Purchase concert tickets online here or call 616-459-2224.
  • Our concerts take place in the intimate and historic Royce Auditorium, which seats 650.
  • Student tickets, when available, are $12 the day of the event at the door.
  • Purchase concert tickets here by using the links above, or call our Box Office, 616-459-2224
  • To keep ticket prices low we ask the patron to cover the service fee for the usage of the ticketing system regardless of how or where the ticket is purchased.
  • There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets.
  • For special needs seating, please contact our Box Office at 616-459-2224 ext. 201.
  • All concerts take place in the Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504
  • Parking can be found on the street and in nearby lots.

Concert Day Box Office Hours

9am – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm at the door


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