Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a live concert, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see a concert at St. Cecilia Music Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two reserved tickets to Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, as well as Fauxgrass Quartet, on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $30 value).
Real-life couple Seth Bernard and May Erlewine’s shared passion for folk music is most palpable during their live shows. Erlewine’s lilting soprano, at times recalling Emmylou Harris’s crystalline voice, interlaces with Bernard’s self-assured tenor as they lovingly croon tunes such as “Seeds,” “It’s Okay,” and “Where You Been?” Just as dedicated to environmental activism as they are to music, Bernard and Erlewine play every year at Harvest Gathering, a festival of similarly earth-minded musicians that takes place on Bernard’s family farm.
Fauxgrass Quartet shares the billing on March 28, combining their disparate backgrounds as both self-taught and classically trained musicians and grass-painters for a fusion of melodic folk and bluegrass. Though they only formed in 2011, they’ve already made a name for themselves with their barn-stomping blend of banjo, upright bass, mandolin, and guitar.
Seth Bernard & May Erlewine perform "Seeds" at Wealthy Theater in 2009
Fauxgrass Quartet perform "What Did We Grow Up For"
- For $35, you get two tickets for Section A seating to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $70 value).
For the end of the season, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center sends six of its artists, including artistic director and pianist Wu Han, to St. Cecilia Music Center to perform three distinct pieces of classical music. Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello begins by mixing dramatic cello strains with staccato violin strokes, eventually morphing into a sonic flurry that moves from mournful to triumphant. Weber’s Quintet in B-flat major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello is a bit lighter, its fleet of instruments playfully interacting like butterflies teaming up to kick a soccer ball. Dvořák's Quintet in A Major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello draws the evening to a close. During its four movements, the piece shifts from unhurried and melodic to whimsically urgent with elements of polka and Bohemian folk dance woven throughout.
Doors open one hour before each performance.
St. Cecilia Music Center
Named after the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia Music Center is considered to be the “mother of the arts” in Grand Rapids. After all, it’s not just a fixture; it’s the establishment that started it all. Area women formed the center in 1883, performing in each other's homes until a steadily growing audience forced them to find bigger and bigger temporary residences. By 1894, they had a permanent headquarters in their very own building. The 800-seat auditorium, twinkling chandeliers, and reception room—anchored by arched windows—quickly attracted world-renowned musicians to the city to play for larger audiences. Today, the center continues to bring high-quality programs to its confines and even houses a School of Music, where young minds can grow to be great musicians.
24 Ransom Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503