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St. Cecilia Music Center is Pleased to Announce Additional Virtual Concerts for 2021

 St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) is pleased to announce new offerings to their Winter/Spring 2021 virtual concert series. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to keep SCMC’s doors closed for in-person concerts, the organization remains committed to bringing ongoing great music to the community through their virtual offerings:

  • Newly announced virtual concerts will include popular Michigan artists performing live from SCMC’s Royce Auditorium stage, for viewers to watch free virtually on SCMC’s Facebook and YouTube channels: Three concerts will be added within the Michigan Jazz Pianists’ Series (which began last fall) and four new concerts will feature Michigan Folk & Blues artists.
  •  In addition to the Michigan artist series, SCMC will feature virtual performances from artists who were to perform on the Jazz and Acoustic Café Folk Series. Instead of performing in the hall for a live audience on April 15, SCMC will offer a recorded show from Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra with a reschedule date in the works for 21-22. In addition, Kate Edmonson, who was to appear on the Acoustic Café Folk Series on March 4, 2021, will talk in an exclusive interview with Acoustic Café national radio show host Rob Reinhart as part of her free virtual show.

These concerts will stream free of charge and can be viewed on SCMC’s Facebook and YouTube Channels accessed through scmc-online.org.

Today’s newly announced virtual concert line-up features the following:

Continuation of the Michigan Jazz Pianists’ Series

From September through December 2020, SCMC presented five Michigan jazz pianists in this series including a wonderful holiday show with the legendary Bob James this past December.  Those performances are still available on the SCMC Facebook page and YouTube Channel. SCMC is pleased to announce three additional concerts in this series taking place in 2021 including:

Roger MacNaughton

January 14, 2021

7:00 pm from Royce Auditorium stage – airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

Robin Connell

March 11, 2021

7:00pm from Royce Auditorium stage – airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

Rufus Ferguson

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

7:00pm from Royce Auditorium stage – airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

NEW Michigan Folk and Blues Virtual Series 2021

SCMC’s Acoustic Café Folk Series in partnership with the radio show of the same name and its host Rob Reinhart is one of the most popular series at SCMC and frequently sells out. We are happy to offer this series virtually with Michigan born and bred artists.

Ralston Bowles and Michael Crittenden

January 21, 2021

7:00pm from Royce Auditorium stage– airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

King Biscuit Trio

February 18, 2021

7:00pm from the Royce Auditorium stage – airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

 

Rachel Davis and Dominic John Davis

March 25, 2021

7:00 from their current home in Nashville, TN – airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

 

Jen Sygit and Josh Rose

April 8, 2021

7:00pm from the Royce Auditorium stage – airing on SCMC Facebook and YouTube – free

ADDED CONCERT – Virtual Jazz Series 2021

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

April 15, 2021

7pm Taped Program

NOTE: Since SCMC is not able to bring the amazing Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra to their stage this year, this concert will be offered as part of the Virtual Jazz Series 2021. SCMC is working on a reschedule date in the future so West Michigan Jazz lovers can enjoy this fabulous high-energy big band in person!

Cathy Holbrook, Executive & Artistic Director of SCMC says, “St. Cecilia Music Center is committed to our audience in helping to “Keep Music Alive” in West Michigan. While we are unable to gather audiences in person at this time due to COVID-19, we remain committed to bringing our patrons great music into the safety of their own home.We’re so excited and fortunate to announce nine more new virtual concerts for Winter/Spring 2021 – and we have even more in the planning stages so stay tuned! All these great musicians who are working with us on these virtual concerts are delighted to present their music through St. Cecilia Music Center. Most of them have performed here before and know our venue intimately. We truly appreciate everyone’s support as we strive to keep these wonderful events available for all to experience.”

For more about these and other upcoming virtual concerts offered by SCMC for home viewing, see scmc-online.org/virtual/.

Cathy Holbrook states, “We will continue our partnership with Martha’s Vineyard in offering a wine and cheese snack pack that is available for purchase for all free concerts. These great packages will be delivered to your home the day of, or one day prior to the concert. All proceeds from the purchase of the Martha’s Vineyard wine snack packs benefit SCMC thanks to the generosity of Kameel at Martha’s Vineyard. All wine and snack package details are included at scmc-online.org/virtual/.”

The announced concerts follow SCMC’s virtual concert lineup recently announced in December listed below: 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Virtual Concerts – Free

  • The Brandenburg Concertos– January 7, 2021
  • Mendelson, Liszt & Fieldfeaturing Pianist Gloria Chien – February 11, 2021
  • Schumann, Shostakovich & Morefeaturing Violist Paul Neubauer – March 18, 2021
  • CMS Brahms & Dvorákfeaturing Violinist Ani Kavafian – April 1, 2021
    •  All CMS virtual concerts are free to view on the SCMC website beginning the date they air and for seven days after.

Folk Series Concerts

  • Mariza Sings Amália– Live Streamed – January 29, 2021 – Tickets $40 with 48-hour viewing
  •  Judy Collins– Live Streamed – February 12, 2021- Tickets $40 with 48-hour viewing
  •  Kat Edmonson– March 4, 2021 – Free on SCMC Facebook and YouTube Channel

NEW: Kat Edmonson will be doing an interview and songs with Rob Reinhart, host of nationally syndicated Acoustic Café radio show in a March 4thvirtual show. Tune in to hear a great conversation between Rob and Kat, learn more about her life and enjoy her wonderful songs. 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT ALL UPCOMING 2021 VIRTUAL CONCERTS SEE http://scmc-online.org/virtual/

DETAILED ARTIST BIOS FOR NEWLY ANNOUNCED VIRTUAL CONCERTS 

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra – April 15, 2021 at 7:00

Over the course of his prolific music career, acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis has been praised for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor.”  He has also been heralded as one of “the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” Marsalis’ commitment to idea optimism and progressive musical thought coexists in modern New Orleans jazz as a conceptual cornerstone for both the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and their latest cd, Jazz Party. Uptown Jazz Orchestra performances are always a big party, opening and closing their concerts with second line numbers and engaging audiences to participate in the music. Marsalis, an NEA Jazz Master, has shared the bandstand with jazz legends Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, as well as pop icons Fats Domino, Ray Charles and George Clinton. Jeff Simon of the Buffalo Newsobserved, ” Delfeayo is, in many ways, the most fun of the Marsalis’. He’s the family trombonist and record producer…and he seems to be the family wise guy too!”

Michigan Jazz Pianists’ Series 2021

From September through December 2020, SCMC presented five Michigan jazz pianists in this series including a wonderful holiday show with the legendary Bob James in December.  Those performances are still available on the SCMC Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Three additional concerts in this series for 2021 are newly announced today:

Roger MacNaughton – January 14, 2021 at 7pm

Roger MacNaughton is a composer, pianist, and musical artist, creator of a line of instrumental CDs. The most recent of his 12 CD releases is named Mackinac, I’ve Come Homefollowing Roger’s two-week stay on Mackinac Island in 2019 as an Artist-in-Residence sponsored by Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Roger is a member of several bands and musical groups, including Jon Montgomery & RMQ, MacNaughton Boulevard, Mac/Mora, Honey Creek String Ensemble, and Soul ACCESS. Roger’s compositions have won four ArtPrize awards in previous years: three times in the Jazz category and once for Classical music.

Robin Connell –  March 11, 2021 at 7pm

Jazz pianist-singer, Robin Connell, the Artprize 2016 jazz music award recipient, and the West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2017 Musician of the Year, follows in the tradition of singer‐pianists Diana Krall, and Blossom Dearie, tickling the ivories with original arrangements of time honored jazz standards.

Originally from Detroit, she honed her craft in New York City, at places such as The Waldorf-Astoria, bringing the sophistication of The Great American Songbook to life in her own charming and inimitable way. An accomplished musician, Robin performs regularly as bandleader or side-woman throughout the Midwest (Chris Kjorness Trio, Beer City Saxes, Randy Marsh Trio, and others) and hosts the jazz piano concert series, Jazz in the Sanctuary at Fountain Street Church.

Rufus Ferguson – Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7pm

Rufus Ferguson is a jazz pianist, and educator who earned degrees from Western Michigan University under the mentorship of Jeremy Siskind and Matthew Fries. Rufus has shared the stage with artists such as Dwight Adams, Bob Hurst, Rodney Whitaker, Ali Jackson, The Temptations and many more.

Rufus got his start studying classical piano at the age of 5. He became a gospel church organist at a young age and later began playing jazz piano at age 13. His dedication to being equally well-versed in multiple genres of music has made him a fixture in the regional jazz, R&B and gospel music scenes.

Rufus is an experienced performer, arranger, composer and teacher, specifically in the jazz genre. His jazz arrangements have most recently been presented by his 9-piece ensemble at the 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival and his orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

Michigan Folk and Blues Virtual Series 2021

SCMC’s Acoustic Café Folk Series, in partnership with the Acoustic Café Radio show and its host Rob Reinhart, has become extremely popular with audiences. SCMC is pleased to announce a virtual series featuring some of Michigan’s beloved folk and blues artists.

Ralston Bowles and Michael Crittenden – January 21, 2021 at 7pm

Two of Grand Rapids most beloved folk musicians share the stage (but not at the same time for safety reasons!) for a night of great music making and storytelling.

Ralston Bowles

Widely revered as “the ambassador of West Michigan music,” award-winning folk and Americana artist Ralston Bowles is a uniquely compelling troubadour whose influence and songs reach across the United States and the globe. The musician and singer-songwriter has released several critically acclaimed albums – including “Carwreck Conversations” and “Rally at the Texas Hotel” – containing songs that have been covered and reinterpreted by a host of indie-folk artists, from Peter Mulvey to Caroline Aiken. He’s frequently toured the United States and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Bob Dylan, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Hothouse Flowers and many more.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bowles founded the Tuesday Evening Music Club series more than a decade ago at the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a series that continues to draw thousands of concertgoers every summer. His compelling and insightful songs have inspired a generation of musicians, evidenced by a recent double-album (“Michigan Music”) compiled as a tribute to Bowles, a project featuring 33 Michigan bands and solo artists.

Michael Crittenden

Award-winning producer, songwriter and performer Michael Crittenden – founder and frontman for folk-rock’s Troll for Trout– has deep roots in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and abiding passion for music that’s earned him widespread praise as an in-demand producer, player, studio owner and collaborator.

As one local philanthropist puts it, Michael “is a man of music through and through” – one who has made an impact regionally with his performances, production work and community involvement, from spearheading a songwriting contest as part of the international ArtPrize competition to being a mentor to young musicians and budding engineers through his high school recording academy program.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., Michael has performed most of his life, sharing stages with the likes of John McVey, Todd Rundgren, Shawn Mullins, Jonatha Brooke, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton and Kenny Wayne Shepard, among others. Michael’s songs have been heard on radio stations across the country as well as on MTV, ABC and PAXnet television. He was honored as Producer of the Year at WYCE’s Jammie Awards in 2013, after previously winning Jammies for Album of the Year (2002 and 2009) and Song of the Year (2009). He’s also a past recipient of an ASCAP Songwriters Award, two Billboard songwriting awards and an InterActivist Award from Los Angeles Based META Association. Michael also has served on the instructional staff at the prestigious Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters and Mackinac Island Songwriter’s Workshop.

Beyond writing and performing, Michael, aka, “The Colonel,” is owner of The Mackinaw Harvest Music Group Inc., a Grand Rapids recording studio and publishing company.

King Biscuit Trio – February 18, 2021 at 7pm

King Biscuit Trio is a blues-based three-piece band – featuring Chris Collins on lead vocals and guitar, Andy Ogrodzinski on lead guitar and backing vocals, andCraig “Griff” Griffith on harmonica and vocals.  The King Biscuit Trio is rooted in classic soul and great old rock n’ roll.  The two guitar, one harmonica, and tri-vocal band performs inspired covers and their own original songs.  As a newly formed group, King Biscuit Trio is excited to take their mixed bag of covers and original material to the masses.

CHRIS COLLINS on lead vocals and guitar is the lead singer and guitarist of the Thirsty Perch Blues Band. The Perch has been a West Michigan blues/rock staple for over 10 years. For the past 3 years Chris has been writing, recording, and performing with the Dr. Wu band of Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Wu features Buddy Washington who spent 15 years with the great ‘John Mayhall and the Blues Breakers.’

ANDY OGRODZINSKI on lead guitar and backing vocals also plays guitar in the Thirsty Perch Blues Band with Chris.  Andy’s skills are showcased when he plays gigs as a current member of the legendary blues/rock/funk/reggae band The Kinsey Report, led by Donald Kinsey. Donald is well known for his years spent playing with Albert King, Peter Tosh, and the one and only Bob Marley.

CRAIG “GRIFF” GRIFFITH on harmonica and vocals plays harmonica with The Verve Pipe, and has been performing with the group for the better part of 20 years. Griff was also the lead singer and harmonica player for the band Botfly, a Michigan favorite throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Rachel Davis and Dominic John Davis – March 25, 2021 at 7pm

Two beloved Michigan natives will host a performance for SCMC at their current home in Nashville, TN.

Rachel Davis

Multi-instrumentalist Rachael Davis is as renown for her expressive–and explosive–voice as she is for uniting the often desperate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop.

Davis grew up not only in a family of musicians, but in an extended village of remarkable musicians and songwriters who nurtured and mentored her from the time she was born. Beginning by jingling ankle bells in perfect time on her months old feet in the middle of old timey jams and song circles, to contributing newly minted songs to Music Sundays, Rachael has always found her own unique part in the music. Her clear tone and uncanny memory for just about every song she’s ever heard came early, and has served her well throughout her career. As a child Davis took to harmony, piano, and ukulele, and at 8, joined the family band Lake Effect, performing regularly at folk festivals throughout her home state of Michigan and around the U.S.

Recently Davis has collaborated in the critically acclaimed supergroup: The Sweetwater Warblers. Comprised of Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erliwine, all three premiere Michigan-grown songbirds.

Rachael Davis now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, critically acclaimed bassist Dominic John Davis with whom she performs as The Davis Duo.

Dominic John Davis

Born and raised in Southwest Detroit, Dominic is a product of Motown’s rich musical history. Davis attended storied DPS Cass Technical High alongside fellow bass alumni Ron Carter and Paul Chambers where he took up studies in the Upright Bass. He continued his education in arts & music at Michigan State University earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts. Known for his tasteful playing, tone, and deep pocket, he is equal parts Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock & Roll and Classic Blues. Styles that have all called Detroit home.

A busy studio musician, Dominic has recorded with Wanda Jackson, Tom Jones, Jeff Daniels, Adele, Beyonce, Beck, Buddy Miller, Brian Setzer & Christina Aguilera but is best known for his work with Jack White. He has produced records with Willie Nelson, Gregory Stovetop, Jen Sygit, & Greensky Bluegrass.

No stranger to the stage, Davis has been touring for 20 years and has backed many of his musical heroes including Don Henley, John Hiatt, Patti Griffin, Q Tip, Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam, The North Mississippi Allstars & Lucinda Williams.

Jen Sygit and Josh Rose – April 8, 2021 at 7pm

These two great Michigan singers take the stage at SCMC for a 30-minute set each – delivering their own brand of folk music.

Jen Sygit 

Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always imbued with a raw honesty- Independent Music Award winning songwriter Jen Sygit has released four solo albums, her latest “It’s About Time” was produced by long-time friend and collaborator Dominic John Davis (bassist to Jack White, Buddy Miller, Steppin In It) and features guest performances from Luther Dickinson, Colin Linden, The McCrary Sisters and Rachael Davis.  The album’s title track won “Best Americana Song” at the 2019 Independent Music Awards in NYC and Jen’s music video for the tune “Love is Wild”, won “Vox Pop Fan Favorite- Best Director of a Short Form Music Video” the same year.  In addition to her solo career, Jen co-fronts the roots rock outfit “Lincoln County Process” w/ Ann Arbor based songwriter Sam Corbin, is a founding member of the all-female string band “Stella!” (whose 2012 freshman release “Sorry Stella!” was recorded at ValveTone studios in NYC by Grammy winning engineer Damon Whittemore and produced by Creem Magazine co-founder Dave Marsh) and is also a veteran session vocalist appearing on over 50 albums nationwide.  In 2011 Jen added disc jockey to her resumé when she began hosting the weekly folk roots focused radio show “Eclecticana” on WLNZ 89.7fm (LCC Radio) Lansing, MI.

Josh Rose

Josh Rose has been playing shows throughout the Midwest for sixteen years and has amassed three studio albums, with more on the way. Josh Rose’s wistful songs are unique, beautiful, and ephemeral.

St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. The Center fulfills this mission by presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and preserving a historic building for musical activities and community event.