• shafaat_red-websiteUstad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, son of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan, has enthralled audiences worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals, and universities all over India, American, Europe, China, Russia, and Japan. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the US, The Bonnaroo Festival. In the past, he’s shared a television concert with Ray Charles in Germany. In addition, some of his CD’shave been produced by the famous Dr. Deepak Chopra. His unique concert presentation includes Indian classical/folk music on Sitar, Tabla, and vocal with Sufi inspired compositions and a multicultural fusion of Eastern and Western music.

    “Virtuoso….Classical purity astonishing….intellectual and poetic….creator as well as performer” ~The Washington Post

    Visit Ustad Shafaat Khan’s website by clicking here.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. General admission. 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.

  • lostboyhomeThe Documentary Film, Lost Boy Home will be shown at the Dogwood Center on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. during the “Newaygo County 30 Days of Peace”. This film documents the true story of Zachariah Char, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, as he returns to his home in the newly formed country of South Sudan in 2011 for the first time after resettling to America in 2001.

    Zachariah Char, a Sudanese “Lost Boy” was featured in the New York Times in 2007 after his ordination to the priesthood and now serves as the Sudanese priest at Grace Sudanese Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and as a social worker for Bethany Christian Services. In 2011 he returned to South Sudan and his home village of Duk Padiet for the first time, to search for his mother, father and siblings, 24 years after fleeing his country during the long civil war in Sudan at the age of 5 and becoming a ‘Lost Boy”. Zachariah  traveled through dangerous and life-threatening situations with thousands of other  “Lost Boys” to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya.

    The recent award-winning documentary, Lost Boy Home, was produced and directed by Mark Barger Elliot, author and pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Lost Boy Home premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, The Africa World Documentary Film Festival and was selected as a Best Shorts Award Winner. Involved in this project were award-winning California cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (Queen of Versailles), Grammy-award winning composer Marcus Hummon, and Executive Producer Liesel Litzenburger Meijer.

    Sponsored by the Newaygo Area Ministerial Association and the Newaygo County People for Peace.

    After the showing of the film, a free will offering will also be taken to support the Jok Char Development Foundation. While Zachariah was visiting his home village of Duk Padient in South Sudan, he realized the great medical needs of his childhood village and upon his return home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he formed a health development Foundation to help build a medical clinic in Duk Padient honoring his parents and named in memory of his father, Jok Char, called The Jok Char Development Foundation. Zachariah and the Board of JCDF are hoping to fund this Foundation through community, individual and church support, donations and fundraisers.

    Zachariah Char will also be present at the film to answer questions and meet with the community.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $5. Black Box. General admission.

    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 the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • facf_logo_rgb-new1 Fremont Area Community Foundation welcomes Salvatore Alaimo for their 2014 Fall Lecture Series.  Alaimo, a GVSU professor, will do a screening of his documentary “What is Philanthropy?” on Friday,  October 17 in the Dogwood Center Black Box at 7:00 p.m.

    “What is Philanthropy?” is a documentary  produced by Alaimo that seeks to enhance our understanding of philanthropy and its role in American culture and society. The 86-minute film portrays and discusses philanthropy through the perspectives of people from across the country.

    After the film, producer Alaimo will engage in a Q&A session.

    Click here to register. 7:00 p.m. Black Box. Free admission.

    Registration is also available at the Dogwood Box Office and NCCA-Artsplace.

    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.

    The NCCA-Artsplace is 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.

  • wutheringheights1Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights.

    The novel, one of the most famous works of world literature, was first published in 1847 under a pseudonym and is Emily Bronte’s only work. Wuthering Heights recounts the tale of ill-fated lovers on the lonely moors of northern England. Heathcliff and Catherine meet as children when Catherine’s father brings the abandoned boy home to live with them. The two grow up together, living freely on the moors while Heathcliff is tormented by Catherine’s brother. When Catherine’s parents die, her brother turns Heathcliff out, forcing him to live among the servants. Catherine marries and the crushed Heathcliff disappears. Years later, a wealthy Heathcliff returns, but is it too late for them?

    Wuthering Heights is a deep and wide story of passion, revenge, family, class, and the supernatural. Over a century and a half later, Bronte’s magnum opus remains incredibly moving.

    Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart wrenching new production. Aquila Theatre is renowned for its ability to adapt works of classical literature into enthralling and mesmerizing live performances. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to make Wuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical performance.

    For more on Aquila Theatre click here.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $25 adults, $10 kids 18 and under. Main Stage. Reserved seating.  7:30 p.m.

    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.

  • monsterpiece“Monsterpiece Theater” is a fun filled youth theater program where local youth will show off their new skills in acting, mime, juggling, acrobatics and very cool backlight illusions. Local performer Mat Emerick is the director…or “monster maker” as he likes to call it. The program is a very funny, family friendly Halloween show. No blood or gore, “Monsterpiece Theater” is a masterpiece of spooky, kooky skits and music!

    Free admission. Please call the Dogwood Center Box Office with any questions at 231.924.8885.

    *An open call will be held on Thursday, September 4 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Dogwood Center for kids ages 8-13 who would like to participate in the program.

  • ragbirds-band-photo-july-2014Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumental Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow.

    Surrounding Zindle’s earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Brian Crist, spinning over the world-beat grooves of drummer Loren Kranz and percussionist Randall Moore. Zindle skillfully switches between violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and percussion, all while dancing around the stage, drawing the awe of audiences across the country.

    The Ragbirds albums have received local and national praise, hailed “Highly impressive” by USA Today and touted as “Astounding international eclecticism” by Reveal Arts. The Ragbirds were formed in 2005 with the release of Yes Nearby. 2007’s world-travel themed Wanderlove was Homegrown Music Network’s #1 selling album in the fall of 2008. The 2009 international release of Finally Almost Ready saw the band invade Japan with the single “Book of Matches” reaching #1 on the charts in Osaka. In 2010, The Ragbirds reached yet another milestone in their young careers when they independently marketed and sold their 10,000th album.

    The Ragbirds have performed in over 30 states to a tune of 150+ shows a year. Crisscrossing the nation in their converted diesel bus that runs on recycled waste vegetable oil, these festival favorites have performed at Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes, Summer Camp, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Hookahville, and more, and have shared the stage with Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Toubab Krewe, Hot Buttered Rum, The Duhks, and many others.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15. Black Box. General Admission. 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 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.

  • nancy-s-celloNancy Steltmann recently recently retired as principal cello of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a position she held since 1990. Helen Lukan is the principal pianist for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and is a regular keyboard substitute for the Grand Rapids Symphony among many others. Together they have created the newly released CD “Music to Dream By” which features the music of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Shostakovich. They will be recording another CD in the fall of 2014.

    Nancy Steltmann is a native of Albany, New York and holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree from Jilliard School where she studied cello with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro, chamber music with Felix Galimir and the Juilliard Quartet, and played under Leon Barzin in the National Orchestral Association Orchestra. Upon graduation, she received the William Henderson Price in Cello. She also studied with Bernard Greenhouse. Steltmann appeared many times as the featured soloist  in her 31 years with the Grand Rapids Symphony. She performed many of the major works for cello and orchestra including Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Roccoco Variations, Haydn’s Concerto in D Major, the Saint-Saens Concerto, and Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote. She also appeared in the Brahmns Double Concerto for violin and cello, and collaborated with Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, in two performances of the David Ott Concerto for 2 Cellos.

    In addition to her CD’s with Helen Lukan, Ms. Steltmann will be on a soon-to-be-released CD featuring previously unrecorded chamber music of Alan Hovhaness, performing his cello and piano chamber music. It will be released on the Ogre/Ogress label.

    Helen Lukan is a Chicago native and well regarded as a versatile collaborative pianist and harpsichordist throughout west Michigan and Chicagoland. She is gaining national notice as a respected collaborator for such groups as the Bostonlukan-helen-webBrass. She has vast experience accompanying a diverse range of soloists from vocalists to brass and wind instrumentalists, performing music in every genre. Helen recently performed with the Western Winds as the featured soloist in a performance of Rhapsody in Blue using the original orchestration premiered by Paul Whiteman in 1924. She was also invited to perform with TubaCOR at Eastman Conservatory for the Women in Music Series. Helen is the featured artist and co-creator of the multi-media presentation, A Kaleidoscope Of Sound.

    In addition to Music to Dream By, Helen’s piano artistry can also be heard on the compact disc recordings, From the Start with Elizabeth Start, composer and cellist, and Shamanic Journey with Deanna Swoboka, tubist. For more on Helen please visit her website here.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $12.50. Black Box. General admission. 3:00 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 the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • bbbThe Braunschweiger Blues Band will be back in the Black Box on November 22!  Come on out for a great time with Doug Harmon and crew….these guys know how to have fun! This popular local group has a great sound, gets everyone up and dancing, and having fun! Join us for a great night! The theme for the evening is “Hunter’s Ball” so where your best camo and see who takes the grand prize!

    Band members include:  John Chandonnet on drums and vocals; Todd Juengel on guitar, keyboard and vocals; Wade Perkins on horns, keyboard and vocals; Randy Seabolt on bass and vocals; Doug Harmon on guitar and vocals; and Cousin Richie on vocals and sound technician.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. 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 the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • christmascarolgodblessus2012When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t know that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. By telling this fable illustrating the unfairness of the Industrial Revolution and the necessity for brotherhood and unselfishness, Dickens gave the world one of its most enduring Christmas stories.

    The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. The Caravan’s Carol, which weaves traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, is probably the most widely produced production of Dickens’ in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country. This captivating performance of the familiar classic features a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes.

    The presenting sponsor of “A Christmas Carol” at the Dogwood Center is HS&C Wealth Management - a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

    Click here to purchase tickets. $25 for Adults, $15 for Kids 18 and Under. Main Stage. Reserved Seating. 7:30 p.m.

    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 the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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  • Calvin College January Series 2015 - Remote Live Webcast

    Bobette Buster is a story consultant, lecturer, adjunct professor at USC Film School and screenwriter who works with major studios, including Disney and Pixar, and in top film programs all over the world. In each of the last 15 years, films from her students ranked in the Top 10 box-office worldwide, and have won all the major awards. She is the author of DO STORY: How To Tell Your Story So The World Listens. She suggests, if the 20th Century is dubbed the Industrial Age, the 21st Century be dubbed the Age of Story. From the advent of blogging to the continued popularity of feature films, we’ve become a society that runs on narrative. Using film clips from scores of beloved movies, this “story expert” will explain how storytelling actually works.

    This lecture will be broadcast via webcast at the Dogwood Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5) , please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin College January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.