Judy Collins Among St. Cecilia Season Lineup

Judy Collins to perform at Royce Auditorium in February.
Judy Collins to perform at Royce Auditorium in February.

St. Cecilia Music Center announced its Jazz Encore Series and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series lineups this week and teased its Acoustic Café Series lineup, including a performance by the renowned Judy Collins. The musical performance venue is promising a “dynamic” season.

For each concert, a post-concert party is open to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to meet the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releases There will also be pre-concert receptions for the CMS of Lincoln Center concerts and the Jazz Series concerts featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres for $15 per person.

Acoustic Café Series

(The remainder of the series will be announced later in the fall)

Oct. 26 – Leo Kottke

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke is a two time Grammy nominee with a decades long career that began in the 1970s. Signed to Capital Records,  he released 1972’s “Greenhouse” and 1973’s live “My Feet Are Smiling” and “Ice Water.”  He gained additional attention in 2002 for his collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon on “Clone.”

Feb. 1 – Judy Collins

Beloved singer/songwriter Judy Collins makes her first appearance at St. Cecilia Music Center. Collins has inspired audiences with “sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.”

In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

David Finckel with Wu Han. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

Nov. 2 – Essential String Trios

Co-artist director and cellist David Finckel will perform with violinist Arnaud Sussman and violist Paul Neubauer. The program will include the works of Beethoven, Mozart and Penderecki. The string trio—violin, viola, and cello—is described as the “chamber music connoisseur’s delight.”

Jan. 18 – The Works of Brahms & Dvořák

Featuring co-artistic director and pianist Wu Han, pianist Michael Brown, violinists Chad Hoopes and Paul Huang, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist Dmirtri Atapine performing the works of Brahms and Dvořák.

April 19 – The Works of Mozart, Weber and Brahms

Featuring pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinists Ida Kavafian and Erin Keefe, violist Yura Lee, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich performing Mozart, Weber and Brahms.

Jazz Encore Series

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will take the Royce Auditorium stage in February. Photo courtesy of St. Cecilia Music Center.

Nov. 16 – Christian McBride

Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride takes the stage with his trio. A Philadelphia native, McBride has become “one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures” in music today.

Currently, McBride hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America.”

Nov. 30 – Brad Mehldau

Prolific writer and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau will perform with his trio. The New York Times recently named Mehldau as “the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.”

Feb. 22 – Gregory Porter

Two time Grammy winner Gregory Porter returns to Royce Auditorium for the first time since 2014. He recently won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his 2017 album “Take Me to the Alley.” He previously received a Grammy for his 2013 Blue Note debut album “Liquid Spirit.”

March 22 – Kurt Elling

Grammy winner Kurt Elling returns to St. Cecilia Music Center’s stage, having first appeared at Royce Auditorium in 2007. Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last thirteen years and has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling’s nine albums has been nominated for a Grammy.

Ticket Information:

Season subscription tickets to the 2017-18 Jazz Series and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert Series are now available at special rates by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503.

Single tickets to chamber, jazz, and Acoustic Café concerts are also on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.org.

*Main photo by Brad Trent

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