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St. Cecilia Music Center Brings Multi-GRAMMY(R) Award Winning Artist Rosanne Cash to Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) in Grand Rapids is pleased to announce that multi-GRAMMY® award winning artist Rosanne Cash will appear in concert on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 with guest artist musician/composer John Leventhal. Her tour entitled She Remembers Everything, from her most recent album of the same name, is a poetic, lush and soulful collection of songs of personal songwriting and reflection. Cash explains, “There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs. I could not have written them 10 years ago…time is shorter, I have more to say.She Remembers Everything was produced by collaborator and husband John Leventhal and Tucker Martine (The Decembrists, My Morning Jacket, Mavis Staples, Neko Case).

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/ songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned 4 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. In 2015, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

St. Cecilia Music Center Executive Director Cathy Holbrook comments, “We are delighted to feature Rosanne Cash and her husband, musician / composer John Leventhal in concert. With both of their many achievements and personal work together, this will be a very special evening.”

Cash is also currently writing the lyrics for a musical Norma Rae with John Leventhal, composer, and John Weidman, book writer.  More about the artist at www.rosannecash.com

Tickets to see multi-GRAMMY® award winning artist Rosanne Cash in concert with John Leventhal are available starting today by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503 or online at www.scmc-online.org. The February 19, 2020 concert will begin at 7:30pm and includes a post-concert reception for all concert ticket holders.

Updated St. Cecilia Music Center Acoustic Cafe Folk Series 2019/2020

Acoustic Café Folk Series 2019/2020

  • SCMC’s first concert of the season will feature Lee Ann Womack on the Acoustic Café Folk Series on October 3, 2019. Lee Ann Womack’slatest album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gonehas “some of the most immediate and deeply felt vocal performances” of her career, and captures “the emotional core of country” (NPR). Praised by The New York Times, the Wall Street JournalNew Yorkerand more, Lee Ann has sung for multiple Presidents, performed award-winning duets with everyone from Willie Nelson and John Prine to John Legend. Lee Ann has earned six Country Music Association Awards (including Single and Album of the Year), five Academy of Country Music Awards, a Grammy, and much more. 
  • The legendary Judy Collins takes the stage on October 20, 2019 on the Acoustic Café Folk Series.This will be Judy Collins’second appearance at SCMC. She last performed at SCMC in Winter 2018 when she packed the house. Judy Collins has inspired audiences with her sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism since the 1960s. She evokes 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. 
  • Multi-GRAMMY® award winning artist Rosanne Cash will appear on the Royce Auditorium stage on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 with guest artist musician/composer John Leventhal. Cash’s tour entitled She Remembers Everythingfrom her most recent album of the same name,is a poetic, lush and soulful collection of songs of personal songwriting and reflection. She Remembers Everything was produced by collaborator and husband John Leventhal and Tucker Martine (The Decembrists, My Morning Jacket, Mavis Staples, Neko Case). One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/ songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned 4 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles.
  • Multi- GRAMMY® Award Winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile will hit the stage at SCMC on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. A member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now the host of the radio program, Live from HereChris Thileis a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of GRAMMY® Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released four albums and sold over two million records. As a soloist, Thile has released several albums including his most recent, Thanks for Listening, a collection of recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, originally written as Songs of the Week for Live from Here. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan. In September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, the GRAMMY®-winning All Ashore, in July 2018 with the Pop Matters describing the album as ‘a call to savor, to pay attention, to step back from the hustle and bustle and remember the importance of being calm.”
  • Guitarist / Singer Raul Midón will appear at SCMC on February 27, 2020.  The New York Timesnamed Raul Midón“a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Along with releasing 10 studio albums as a solo artist, the GRAMMY® Nominated Raul Midón – dubbed “an eclectic adventurist” by Peoplemagazine – has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. A native of New Mexico who was educated in the jazz program of the University of Miami – and who now lives in Maryland after years in New York City – Midón has earned acclaim the world over, with a fan base that stretches from San Francisco to India, Amsterdam to Tokyo. A critic for the U.K.’s Guardiannewspaper wrote: “Midón has a lovely voice, a beautifully controlled tenor that can express anything from tenderness to passion… And the guy can play. His strumming has a flamenco flourish, but after a while, you realize he can do every kind of accompaniment he needs on acoustic guitar.” 

Rosanne Cash – Bio

Rosanne Cash is on tour with She Remembers Everything, a poetic, lush and soulful collection of songs that reckon with a flawed and fragile world. She Remembers Everything follows Rosanne’s triple-Grammy winning 2014 albumThe River & the Thread and marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored her southern roots and family heritage. In the wake of the latest tsunami of survivor stories, Cash has embraced women’s narratives in this powerful material.  “There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs,” Rosanne says. “I could not have written them 10 years ago—not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say.” She Remembers Everything was produced by collaborator John Leventhal and Tucker Martine (The Decembrists, My Morning Jacket, Mavis Staples, Neko Case).

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/ songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned 4 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. Cash is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford- American, the Nation and many more print and online publications. A new book, Bird On A Blade, blending the images of acclaimed artist Dan Rizzie with strands of lyrics from a variety of Cash’s songs has just been published by UT Press. In addition to regular touring, Cash has partnered in programming collaborations with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz, Minnesota Orchestra and The Library of Congress.

She was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. She was chosen as a Perspective Series artist at Carnegie Hall for the 2015-16 season, and curated a series of American roots music, including her own performance.  She continued her association with Carnegie Hall as a Creative Partner for the 2018-19 season. She also served as 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame that same year. And for the 2017-2018 seasons she was a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ.  Earlier this year Cash was awarded with the Spirit of Americana: Free Speech Award and received an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music.

Cash is currently writing the lyrics for a musical Norma Rae with John Leventhal, composer, and John Weidman, book writer.

Tickets for all Concerts

Single tickets for all 2019/2020 season concerts – jazz, chamber, and folk concerts and subscription tickets for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series and the Spectacular Jazz series – are available and can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.org. All concerts start at 7:30pm. All concerts include a post-concert party for concert ticket holders. 

Detailed information about all upcoming 2019/2020 season concerts are online at scmc-online.org.

Series Subscribers are offered with great benefits including:

  • 15-20% discount off single ticket prices
  • A discounted rate on pre-concert reception ticket price ($10 per person per reception in the Jazz or Chamber Music series – discounted from $15 per person per reception)