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College musicians to take the stage at high school

GRCC — Over 100 musicians  will perform in the 75th annual Musical Moods concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

For 75 years, ensembles and soloists from both music and non-music majors at Grand Rapids Community College have come together for a performance held at a local high school. East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center, 2111 Lake Drive SE, will host this year.

Kevin Dobreff, GRCC Music Department head and program director, said Musical Moods has taken place in almost every high school in the Kent Intermediate School District.

“It’s a great event,” he said. “It showcases so many fine ensembles and vocal groups. It’s been a great thing for me to be part of over these last 30 years, and I can’t wait for this one.”

This event was created in 1947 by the music department founder, Albert P. Smith, to serve as a celebration of hard work and talent.

Admission is $15 for adults, while high school and GRCC students, with a current and valid student ID at the door, and children 12 and under are free. 

This year’s concert, Dobreff said, will feature a variety of musical styles, everything from the classical and Renaissance periods to jazz and contemporary.  “There will be something for everybody.”

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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