Arts Briefs

Arts at Noon: Holiday Music for Brass Quintet

The Arts at Noon series continues with a holiday music concert put on by the GVSU Brass Quintet at noon on Dec. 2 in the Cook-DeWitt Center. The concert will feature GVSU faculty members: Alex Wilson on trumpet, Richard Britsch on horn, Mark Williams on trombone and Paul Carlson on tuba. The group will entertain audiences with traditional holiday season music arranged for brass instruments.

The public can attend for free. For more information, visit

Piano Studio Recital: Students of Dr. Cho

The piano students of Dr. Sookyung Cho will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Sherman Val Solkema Performance Hall, located in Room 1325 of the Performing Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more, go to

Swing Dance Club’s Fancy Pants Holiday Dance

The Swing Dance Club will hold its annual Fancy Pants Holiday Dance: a formal dance at 9 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. Attendees can show off their moves on the dance floor. Join them to celebrate the end of the semester and the year and unwind with some food, fun and music.

The event is free and open to the public. For details, visit the GVSwing Facebook page.

Grand Valley Dance Troupe Presents: Pliés for Rays

The Grand Valley Dance Troupe will perform its fall recital at 1 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Allendale High School. This year they will also collect donations for Rays of Hope.

Rays of Hope is an organization that aims to make clean drinking water available for those without it. They are working to purchase bio-sand water filters to donate. Every $150 dollars donated will go toward a filter that will bring clean water to 10 people for up to 20 years.

The recital will be performed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 1 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. All performances are held at Allendale High School, where doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts. Tickets cost $5 at the door, from members of the dance troupe or at the 20/20 desk in the Kirkhof Center. Children 12 years old and younger can come for free.

In the lobby, the Grand Valley Dance Troupe is selling apparel including clothing, hats, mugs and other miscellaneous items.

Learn more about Rays of Hope at

Fall Dance Concert

The GVSU Dance Company and Freshman Dance Company will perform a diverse collection of dance pieces at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.

From premieres of new works by guest artists and faculty members to familiar classics like excerpts from the “Nutcracker” ballet, the concert will represent the wide variety of material the companies have been working on.

Guest artists this semester include Amy Rose, Mina Estrada and Joshua Manculich, winner of the 2015 Princess Grace Award for Choreography.

The event is free and open to the public. More details are available online at