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Opera GR appoints new artistic director

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 06 February 2017 16:43 |

Opera Grand Rapids has hired Maestro James Meena as its new artistic director, beginning in the 2017-2018 season.

Review: Grand Rapids Symphony uniquely captures complexity of Mozart, Mahler

Written by Samara Napolitan | Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:50 |

At “Mozart, Mahler and Marcelo,” the Grand Rapids Symphony presented an evening of musical contrasts.

Songs We Like: 2016 Staff Picks

Written by WYCE staff | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:38 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it via wyce.org. 

This month, we bring you a streaming playlist highlighting 25 of the best songs released from Grand Rapids in 2016. 

ESME: A String Group for the Age of Musical Omnivores

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

In an age of effortless access to music of all kinds, exploring the commonalities between seemingly disparate music styles is one way to make sense of it all. Violinist Gene Hahn and cellist Jeremy Crosmer are doing just that, deconstructing the stigmas associated with different genres through their acoustic string group, ESME. 

Songs We Like, Vol. 15: The Jammies Edition

Written by Yong Los, WYCE intern | Monday, 09 January 2017 14:09 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it via wyce.org. 

This month, we bring you a streaming playlist highlighting 25 of the best songs released from Grand Rapids in 2016. 

Peter Kjome’s history with the Grand Rapids Symphony goes back to 1990, when he first joined the organization as a musician. But it’s his time as president and CEO that Kjome will be remembered for when he steps down in January to embark on a similar role with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

No Hibernation: Winter Wheat keeps the festival scene alive year-round

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Wednesday, 28 December 2016 10:06 |

A few years back, musicians Bruce Ling of Hawks and Owls and Mark Stoltz of Benzie Playboys were lamenting the sort of lull that winter typically brings to the music scene. While venues may keep their stages warm with the shows they can, festivals seem to disappear altogether. So Ling and Stoltz reached out to longtime member of the Wheatland Music Organization, Marilyn Hummel, to see what could be done about bringing a little slice of Wheatland to the winter months. So began the Winter Wheat music festival, now in its eighth year.

Fresh Spins: Third Coast Vinyl opens in Muskegon

Written by Kelly Brown | Wednesday, 28 December 2016 09:59 |

The revival of the Third Street corridor in Muskegon is well underway with the opening of Third Coast Vinyl in October 2016. Owned by Pete Pretzer, the store brings new and used records, as well as refurbished stereo equipment. 

Pretzer hopes that avid collectors and beginners alike will feel welcome in his new location. One can anticipate a collection of classic rock, soul, funk, newer indie releases and hidden gems galore. 

Pretzer spoke with Revue on Muskegon’s rebranding, opening Third Coast Vinyl and changes in the vinyl industry.  

College is the perfect place for many people to discover new music, expand their horizons and explore new sounds.

But for the more entrepreneurial, like Winspear Records co-founders Ben Wittkugel and Jared Jones, college is the place to be the ones spreading that music to everyone else. 

In 2014, during Wittkugel’s freshman year at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Winspear started as a way of booking shows at friends’ houses in the area.

“Winspear first existed only to put on shows,” Wittkugel said of the label’s beginnings. “We didn’t start with too many goals. Jared and I were just happy to be doing something.” 

PARTS: A Duo on the Rise

Written by Broderick Cojeen | Friday, 09 December 2016 17:31 |

If one new band has been making waves — dreamy, synthy, bassy waves — in Grand Rapids this year, it’s PARTS.

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