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Home for the Holidays

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Teresa Cheung conductor Nathaniel Stampley vocalist Peter Kurdziel organ WMS Children’s Choir Joyful. Heartwarming. Pure family fun! Delight in the wonder of the season as your West Michigan Symphony brings you this festive collage of sights and sounds. Highlights include: Vocalist and Broadway star, Nathaniel Stampley Angelic sound of the WMS Children’s Choir A rousing organ […]

$13 – $69

Music of John Williams

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

The legendary film scores of John Williams are unparalleled in their ability to connect movie-goers of all ages. Hear music from Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, and more. Scott Speck conductor

$10 – $19

Lunch n’ Learn: Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

West Michigan Symphony Presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.1: Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky at The Block. Enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and special guest Gabriela Martinez. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, November 4 will get a primer […]

Free

Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

A night of passionate and lyrical musical pyrotechnics. Hailstork: Fanfare on Amazing Grace Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no.2 Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.5 Scott Speck conductor Gabriela Martinez piano

$10 – $19

WMS Children’s Choir Fall Concert

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

Join us as we celebrate our WMS Children’s Choir 10th Season. Children from a four-county area come together to present our “Cover the World with Love” Concert at the West Michigan Symphony’s small performance space, The Block.

$3 – $10

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

What would the holidays be without our WMS brass quintet reindeer performing great music for this holiday show? Based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, ‘Click Clack Ho Ho Ho’ takes us to Farmer Brown’s barn to find out what the animals are up to for Christmas… crazy things happen at this […]

$5 – $10

Home for the Holidays

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

West Michigan native, pianist, and consummate performer Rich Ridenour puts a fresh twist on this annual holiday tradition. Features seasonal favorites, a soprano soloist, two youth choirs, and the song-fest sing-a-long. A night of joyful, heartwarming, pure family fun. Rich Ridenour pianist and conductor Amy Mahoney soprano WMS Children’s Choir Grand Haven High School Choir

$10 – $19

Lunch n’ Learn: Mozart & Haydn

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

West Michigan Symphony Presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.2: Mozart & Haydn at The Block. Enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and special guest Njioma Grevious. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, March 3 will get a primer […]

Free

Mozart and Haydn

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

A satisfying classical sandwich of Mozart and Haydn, filled with more recent, expressive works in between. Mozart: Symphony no.35, “Haffner” Marcus Norris: Glory Berlioz: Reverie et Caprice Haydn: Symphony no.94, “Surprise” Scott Speck conductor Njioma Grevious violin

$19 – $66

Lunch n’ Learn: Chaplin’s Smile

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

West Michigan Symphony Presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.3: Chaplin’s Smile at The Block. Enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and special guest Philippe Quint. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, March 24 will get a primer on […]

Free

Chaplin’s Smile

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

This multi-media performance combines live music with clips from classic Charlie Chaplin films, photos and selections from Chaplin’s autobiography. The concert traces Chaplin’s relationship with 20th-century master composers and his own film scores. Chaplin: Suite from City Lights Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Gershwin: Songs from Porgy & Bess Tchaikovsky: Waltz from […]

$19 – $66

Louis Armstrong Tribute with Byron Stripling

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Louis Armstrong’s voice was unmistakable, his personality magnetic, and his artistry astonishing. Celebrated trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling joins your WMS to perform this electrifying homage, featuring “What a Wonderful World”, “Saint Louis Blues”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and more.

$19 – $66

Lunch n’ Learn: Brahms Symphony no.2

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

West Michigan Symphony Presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.4: Brahms Symphony no. 2 at The Block. Enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and special guest Kip Hickman. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, May 19 will get a […]

$19 – $66

Brahms Symphony no.2

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Three distinct and substantial works combine for this concert featuring WMS Principal Trombone Kip Hickman in the spotlight. Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America Grondahl: Trombone Concerto Brahms: Symphony no. 2 Scott Speck conductor Kip Hickman trombone

$19 – $66

Lunch n’ Learn: The Planets

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

West Michigan Symphony Presents a brown bag lunch and conversation about Masterworks.5: The Planets at The Block. Enjoy an hour of lively discussion with Music Director Scott Speck and special guest John Heffernan. Those who have tickets to attend the associated West Michigan Symphony masterworks concert on Friday, June 9 will get a primer on […]

$19 – $66

Holst The Planets

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Take a musical journey from the ocean into the cosmos. Holst’s enduring work is the capstone of this evening full of mystery, wonder and breathtaking awe. Davies: Orkney Wedding with Sunrise Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending Holst: The Planets Scott Speck conductor John Heffernan violin

$19 – $66

Aretha: A Tribute

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins lights up the Frauenthal with all your favorite Aretha Franklin hits. This glittering tribute to the Queen of Soul includes iconic favorites including “Respect” and “Think” to “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace” and many more.   Capathia Jenkins vocals Darryl Williams vocals   Capathia Jenkins and Darryl Williams […]

$19

Trace Bundy – Acoustic Guitar

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

Acoustic guitar “ninja” Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Trace Bundy will perform on October 14th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

Scheherazade and More

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

An evening of colorful, storytelling music that evokes an assortment of sounds, fragrances and sensations, from new to familiar.   Jennifer Higdon:  Blue Cathedral Kinan Azmeh: Suite for Improviser and Orchestra Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade   Scott Speck conductor Kinan Azmeh clarinet/composer   This magical performance with Kinan Azmeh will fill Frauenthal Hall on November 3rd at […]

$19

Kinan Azmeh + Guitar – Classical & World Music

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

This performance showcases the multi-faceted character of the clarinet and music that is deeply inspired by a multitude of traditions. Clarinetist-composer Kinan Azmeh brings standard works for the instrument, those rarely performed plus some of his own compositions. Joined by pianist, Jean Schneider. Kinan Azmeh will perform on November 4th at 7:30 pm, with doors […]

$32

Paul Keller Quintet – Jazz & Swing

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

The Michigan-based Paul Keller Quintet is dedicated to delighting audiences with their unique brand of high-energy, top-shelf jazz and swing. Their hallmark tonal blend of clarinet and saxophone in harmony is not often heard in jazz. The Paul and Keller Quintet will perform on November 10th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

Lelm and Langford – A Jazzy Christmas

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

Chicago-based piano/vocal duo Lelm and Langford brings you a jazzy, merry Christmas. Hear all your favorite holiday standards, including “White Christmans,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song” with exciting new arrangements. Lelm and Langford will perform on December 2nd at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

Home for the Holidays: Timeless Movie Memories

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Join Scott Speck and your WMS for this fresh twist on our annual holiday tradition. This year, experience all your favorite music from timeless holiday movies including: White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express,It’s a Wonderful Life and more! A night of joyful, heartwarming, pure family fun.   Scott Speck conductor Holly Payne vocals […]

$19

Mozart and Beethoven

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Enjoy this mid-winter musical comfort meal of Mozart and Beethoven. Pianist Terrance Wilson is widely-known for his interpretations of Mozart.   Scott Speck conductor Terrence Wilson piano   Jessie Montgomery: Strum Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 21 Beethoven: Symphony no. 6 (Pastoral)   Enjoy this night of classical piano when Terrance Wilson joins your West Michigan […]

$19

Terrence Wilson – Classical Piano

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

On the heels of his performance with Scott Speck and West Michigan Symphony, pianist Terrence Wilson will put The Block’s Steinway through its paces in an inspiring solo recital. Terrence Wilson will perform on January 27th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

Edye and Mike Jazz Duo – Jazz Guitar & Vocal

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

After performing for years with small combos, big bands, and orchestras, this husband and wife team now ventures out as a voice and guitar duo, interpreting classic gems from the Great American Songbook. Edye and Mike will perform on February 9th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

The Seasons: Reimagined

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Four Seasons. Two Hemispheres. Dynamic violinist Chee-Yun returns to guide you on a journey through them all. Vivaldi’s beloved Seasons will be played side by side Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Scott Speck conductor Chee-Yun violin Golijov: Last Round Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Savor the sounds of […]

$19

Chee-Yun – Classical Violin

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

The night after her appearance with WMS at the Frauenthal, violinist Chee-Yun brings a solo performance to The Block. She’ll present some of the most virtuosic and beautiful violin works ever composed and/or inspired by women. Chee-Yun will perform on February 24th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

BLKBOK – Contemporary Piano

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

Born and raised in inner-city Detroit, the artist grew up in a music-filled home. BLKBOK’s high-energy style seeks to entertain with a live piano based performance that is culturally reflective and encourages dialogue. BLKBOK will perform on March 8th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

St Patrick’s Day Celebration with Cherish the Ladies

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Beautiful vocals. Captivating musical arrangements. Stunning step dancing. The Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group returns this St. Patrick’s Day weekend to bring you a night of traditional Irish music and dance—a performance brimming with energy, wit and spirit. Cherish the Ladies brings their Irish spirit to the Frauenthal Center on March 15th at 7:30pm.

$19

Bobby Floyd Trio – Jazz Trio

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

Grammy-nominee and jazz legend Bobby Floyd brings a night of good music and good vibes to The Block. His feel is unique and inspirational which has led him to distinguished appearances with artists including Arturo Sandoval, Byron Stripling and Ray Charles. The Bobby Floyd trio will perform on April 13th at 7:30 pm, with doors […]

$32

WMS Around the World, Part II

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Experience new sounds and rediscover familiar favorites on this musical journey around the globe traversing Italy, Spain, Norway, Germany and more. An all-orchestral program celebrates your talented WMS musicians—front and center. Scott Speck conductor Verdi: Nabucco Overture Cesar Guerra-Peixe/Clóvis Pereira: Mourão Grieg: Solveig’s Song from Peer Gynt Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from Gayaneh Smetana: The Moldau […]

$19

Rhapsody in Blue

Frauenthal Center 425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI

Our season finale delivers high-energy, fast moving and not-to-be missed works, topped off by pianist Aldo López-Gavilán’s brilliant rendition of Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody in Blue. Scott Speck conductor Aldo López-Gavilán piano Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Marquez: Danzon no. 2 Guido López-Gavilán: Guaganco Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Finish off the season with Aldo […]

$19

Aldo López-Gavilán – Classical Piano

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

The Cuban pianist is back! On Friday he’ll close out the WMS’s season at the Frauenthal with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The following night, he brings a collection of his original compositions to The Block. Aldo López-Gavilán will perform on May 11th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

$32

Arturo and Friends – Classical Chamber

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

WMS Principal Violist Arturo Ziraldo presents a new take on the “Best of the String Quartet.” This innovative, convention-busting concert links movements of famous, powerful and little- known works into a moving concert of music spanning more than 300 years. Arturo and Friends will perform on May 17th at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at […]

$32

Alexis Lombre Quintet – Jazz Quintet

The Block 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI

Alexis Lombre is a young jazz pianist, vocalist and composer who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The Alexis Lombre Quintet will perform on June 1st at 7:30 pm, […]

$32

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