NCCA-Artsplace and Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts present the West Michigan Luthier Concert, an event that is the ultimate combination of music and visual arts. On Saturday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m., the concert will combine the beautiful artistry of local luthiers, stringed instrument makers, from throughout West Michigan with the talents of gifted musicians.
This great evening will include Tim Scheerhorn performing with his Resonator guitars; Michael Wygmans performing with some of his fellow members of the Kalamazoo Mandolin Orchestra; Michele Venegas of the band An Dro playing luthier Elon Howe's fiddle; Jim Spalink performing on his harps; Keith Caldwell performing on his guitars with Jack Schipper and Michelle Emmorey; and Don Benson performing on his luthiered instruments. Luthier Bryan Galloup will also be showcasing his instruments during the evening.
The live performance will also include a chance to meet the artists. A meet and greet reception will be from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Dogwood Center. This is an opportunity to learn about the instrument building process and view the instruments. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dogwood Center Black Box with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. for seating.
To complement the concert, an exhibit of photographs of handmade instruments made by West Michigan luthiers will be on display in the Dogwood Lobby Gallery from January 20 through February 23. The photographs include ukuleles, violins, violas, banjos and acoustic guitars. The photographs, taken by Faune Benson-Schuitema, showcase the beauty and design of a variety of instruments made by area craftsman. Each year new photos are added to the project which has been taking place since 2007.
Come out and enjoy this popular concert by regional musicians performing on hand-made instruments from West Michigan luthiers. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Tickets are available for advanced purchase online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont, or the Dogwood Center ticket office. The Dogwood Center is located at 4734 S. Campus Court in Fremont. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Phone the Dogwood Center at 231.924.8885 for more information.
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