• grsymphony1011The Grand Rapids Symphony and conductor John Varineau return to the Dogwood Center on Wednesday, April 1 for a sure to be incredible performance! Join us and you will experience a world-class orchestra performing for you live at the Dogwood! And, as a special feature…one of the musical selections will include the artwork of Newaygo County youth as a beautiful and inspiring background!  A wonderful evening with a wonderful orchestra!

    The evening’s program will include Mendelssohn’s Overture to Midsummer Nights Dream, Goldmarks’ Springtime Overture, selected movements by Massanet featuring the artwork of Newaygo County youth, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.

    The Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Led by Music Director David Lockington and Associate Conductor John Varineau, the orchestra presents ten concert series with performances designed to capture the imagination of young children and adults alike, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles.  The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. Their mission is “to share great music that moves the human soul”…..and that is what they will be doing right here in Newaygo County!

    The evening includes Newaygo County youth artwork as the background for one of the musical selections.  Program sponsors for the performance are Fremont Area Community Foundation and Nestle Nutrition/Gerber Products.

    Tickets are on sale now!  Click here to purchase tickets! $17.50 Adults, $5.00 Children 18 and Under. Main Stage. Reserved Seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event.  For information, phone 231.924.8885.

    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For information, phone 231.924.4022.

  • harpethrising2015webHarpeth Rising returns to the Dogwood Center Friday, April 17!

    The group chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

    Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, they weave together ancient and modern ideas, creating a sound that is both familiar and impossible to categorize.

    “We don’t set out to create something different, we just write in a way that is true to ourselves while trying to always expand and explore the new influences in our lives.” says Greenberg. “We’re aware of genre divisions, we’re just not bound by them.”

    After meeting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where all three members earned performance degrees, Harpeth Rising began on a cross-country road trip. Inspired by a summer spent jamming at campsites and attending folk and bluegrass festivals, Greenberg (violin) and Reed-Lunn (banjo) decided to pursue a slightly different path than their classical backgrounds would suggest. They began writing original songs and performing 4 to 5 nights a week, developing their sound and their repertoire. It was with the addition of Di Meglio (cello) that the lineup was complete, and the three women piled into a Prius and began to tour.

    Despite the presence of only three string instruments on stage, Harpeth Rising produces a profusion of sound generally created by a much larger ensemble. Di Meglio transitions fluidly between providing the bass line and taking the melodic lead, while Reed-Lunn’s highly original style of claw hammer banjo–learned mainly by watching YouTube–is both surprisingly lyrical and intensely driving. Greenberg takes on the role of concert violinist and accompanist with equal facility, and ensures that a lead guitar is never missed.

    From breathtaking energy to intimate connection, their live performances are kinetic events in which their passion and their abilities are equally displayed. Harpeth Rising can create a listening room from a rowdy bar crowd, and can inspire even the weariest of audiences. After only a few months as a band, they embarked on tour of England, which included a performance with The Bath Philharmonia. They were invited to perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival the following summer, and have since played festivals across England and the United States, including The Kerrville Folk Festival, ROMPfest, Blissfest, The Fylde Folk Festival, The Purbeck Folk Festival and dozens more. Building their fan base in the tradition of all wandering minstrels - passionately and by word-of-mouth - they now perform to sold-out audience internationally.

    They have released four albums in as many years – Harpeth Rising (2010), Dead Man’s Hand (2011), The End of the World (2012), a collaboration with master wordsmith David Greenberg (Jordana’s father), and Tales From Jackson Bridge, (2013). Their fifth album, Shifted, is set to release in early 2015.

    For more on Harpeth Rising, please visit their website by clicking here.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $15. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • kathylamar2015webKathy Lamar is back in the Black Box!  LaMar has displayed her vocal talents from Vegas to Shang-hi for the past 30 years and is a favorite performer in the Black Box at the Dogwood.  Kathy has supplied her vocal talents to the likes of Lola Falana, Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and even Todd Rundgren!

    She sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul and pop hits - everything from Bob Marley to Ella Fitzgerald. No matter what she sings, Lamar’s powerful voice wakes up a room.

    Accompanying Lamar will be Scott Veenstra (drums), Warren Jones (bass), and Steve Talaga (piano). Veenstra has been drumming for close to 30 years and has played with many musicians, including Quincy Jones, BeBe Winans, Jeanie Bryson and more. Jones appears with both local and national artists on more than 30 CD’s and DVD’s and Talaga has released eight CD’s under his own name, along with playing on several other recordings throughout his career. It’s going to be a great night in the Black Box!

    The event sponsor for the evening is the Dogwood’s own Board of Directors.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets. Please call the Dogwood Box Office to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • davebennettbennygoodmanMichigan clarinetist Dave Bennett, is an authentic musical prodigy (totally self-taught) who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman (1909-1986) with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness. Dave Bennett began touring his Tribute to Benny Goodman combo in 2005 and has now performed in over thirty-five US States and Canada and has appeared with over thirty orchestras for “pops” shows. Dave made his Carnegie Hall debut on Nov. 1 2013, featured with The New York Pops, Steve Reineke, conducting.

    Many Goodman hits are in the program: Moonglow, I Got Rhythm, Sing Sing Sing, Airmail Special, Poor Butterfly, Let’s Dance and other classics. Bennett’s mature stage presence, knowledge of the dates and details of Goodman recordings, and his penchant for wire-rim glasses, spats and classic suits, transport listeners back to the time and mood of Benny Goodman’s “swing era”.

    Bennett has made a great impression on several of Benny Goodman’s famous band members: the late vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and pianist Dick Hyman all strongly endorse Dave Bennett as “the closest ever” to Goodman’s sound and style. He has performed with them in the US and Canada and recorded with them as “special guests” on Dave’s two recent Arbors CDs.

    Accompanying Bennett are accomplished artists Paul Keller (bass), Peter Siers (drums), Tad Weed (piano), Jim Cooper (vibraphone), and Hugh Leal (rhythm guitar).

    Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. $20 adults, $10 kids 18 and under. Main Stage. Reserved seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets are available here online, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont.

    Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event.  For information, phone 231.924.8885.

    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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    Discover the Big Top Within….Cirque Amongus, a one-day Circus Camp will introduce children, ages 6- 12 years old, to a range of circus skills.  There will definitely be an abundance of fun as participants laugh and giggle while they ride unicycles and tiny bikes, walk a tightrope or with stilts, jump rope, do magic tricks, stay atop a rolling barrel, swing on a trapeze, or learn to juggle.

    In the morning, students will learn each of the 10 different circus acts.  After lunch, they chose their favorite and spend the afternoon perfecting it and putting together an act with other participants, assisted by Cirque Amongus instructors and volunteers.  At the end of the day, when their families come back, the whole troupe puts on a show with their newly found skills.

    The daylong program by Cirque Amongus, a Livonia company that brings all the equipment and instructors for “Circus Day”, will promote teamwork, self-esteem and fun throughout the day.

    Click here to register. The cost for the day is $30 per child. Children must be ages 6 - 12 years old to participate and the program will be limited to 50 participants.  It will be a full day of activities between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  and followed immediately with a performance for the families at pick-up time.  Children will need to bring a sack lunch.  Light snacks will be provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  Advanced registration is required.

    The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event.  For information, phone 231.924.8885.

    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For information, phone 231.924.4022.