• swan-lake-photo-webGrand Rapids Ballet’s “Swan Lake”, the timeless story of tragic love and deception will come to life in March at the Dogwood Center!  This production will be staged by GRB Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

    In the story line of “Swan Lake”, Odette, a beautiful princess, is cursed by the evil sorcerer Van Rothbart to live as a swan forever.  Her spell can only be broken if a prince swears his everlasting love to her.  Tchaikovsky’s magical score and the illustrious Black Swan pas de deux have made “Swan Lake” one of the most enduring, moving and admired classical ballets of all time.

    “Swan Lake is a beautiful production with gorgeous sets and ornate costumes.  The poise and grace of our dancers will make this a superb experience for any ballet lover, ” said Artistic Director Patricia Barker.

    This program is funded in part by grants from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and The Gerber Foundation.

    Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this season, the Grand Rapids Ballet remains committed to lifting the human spirit through the art of dance.  Grand Rapids Ballet is Michigan’s only professional ballet company and has a rich history marked by steady growth, a commitment to excellence, and strong community support.  We are so pleased to have the Grand Rapids Ballet perform at the Dogwood Center!

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

    Click here to purchase your tickets! $17.50 Adults, $10.00 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.

  • songs-of-the-fallCia Cherryholmes returns to the Dogwood Center! She first appeared on the Main Stage with Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas in 2013.

    In the digital age we live in, music is still the one thing that can grip and infect us with raw energy and emotional passion that we can’t easily find in our modern, static society. Songs of the Fall, comprised of Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes, is a Nashville based Americana duo with a love of music and communicating it to people on a very personal, relatable level.

    “Whether touring as just an acoustic duo or with a full band, we love playing and singing our songs for people. We try to write about the things that move us and hope the realness of the songs carries across to the audience. The greatest compliment we can receive is someone telling us a song touched them or made them weep or that it was their story. Life is rough, and we all want that one song we can rock out or cry along to”. -Cia

    “People have asked, why the name ‘Songs of the Fall’? The way we see it, the story of mankind is all about falling–From the original fall of man, the tottering steps we take as a child, to growing up and falling in love, into temptations, and in and out of luck. Life is about the fall and how we keep learning and growing, and those are the things worth singing about”. -Stetson

    Stetson Adkisson- vocals, guitar
    Stetson, 29, began singing and writing songs in college and played the singer-songwriter circuit throughout the west before teaming up with Cia to start Songs of the Fall. Born and raised in CO, he now lives in Nashville.

    Cia Cherryholmes- vocals, banjo, bouzouki
    Cia, 28, began playing music at the age of 15, has toured internationally, and has 5 Grammy nominations for her previous works. Originally from L.A., she now resides in Nashville, TN.

    “With every temptation there is the chance to overcome, with every heartache is the opportunity for healing and growth, and with every fall we make there is the glorious triumph of getting back up.”- Songs of the Fall

    For more on Songs of the Fall, check out their website by clicking here.

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

  • 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!

    Program sponsors are Fremont Area Community Foundation and Nestle Nutrition/Gerber.

    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 the 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.

    Tickets on sale soon. 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 the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.