Arts and Entertainment Briefs 2/27


Emma Armijo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

GV prepares for pre-spring break concerts

The Grand Valley State University Wind Symphony and GVSU Concert Band are performing in concert this Wednesday, March 2.

Both ensembles offer students from any major the opportunity to participate in their musical performances and potentially earn art credits. 

Kevin Tutt and John Martin, the conductors for the Wind Symphony and Concert Band, have hosted joint-organization concerts since the beginning of the year. 

The GVSU Jazz Ensemble is also performing on Tues. Feb 28. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm in the Louis Armstrong Theater.

All concerts for the groups are free, though seating is limited to a first come, first served basis. 

Grand Rapids Grand Stand Pictures hosting auditions for documentary

Grand Stand Pictures President Victor Williams is making a documentary about the novel, “A City Within a City.” The book was written in 2012, focusing on the struggles of racial equality in Grand Rapids. 

The producers of the documentary are searching for local singers to be featured on the film’s soundtrack. Specific attention will be paid to talent in Gospel, Soul and R&B genres. Grand Stand’s goal is to build a “homegrown” team of talent to put the Black Freedom Struggle into words. 

The producers are looking for vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters for the production. They hope to have the documentary completed by the end of this year.

Auditions will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through the rest of the month on Wealthy St. in downtown Grand Rapids. Auditions must be one minute in length and are open to all.

Artists can sign up to audition on the Eventbrite website.

Detroit Photographer & Activists speaks to VMA

The documentary photographer Rosa María Zamarrón is hosting a lecture at GVSU this Thursday, March 2.

The lecture will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 154 of Lake Superior Hall.

Zamarrón uses her work to showcase diverse communities and decolonize spaces. She’s motivated to be a voice for marginalized communities and create connections between heritage and roots through all different spaces.

Her lecture is open to all students and faculty at GVSU.

To see the calendar event, those interested can visit the GVSU VMA events calendar.