St. Cecilia Music Center Announces the 2021-22 Concert Season with Hope of Bringing Audiences Back to Royce Auditorium

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) is looking forward to bringing live-audience concerts back to Royce Auditorium. Live in-person concerts have been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions and the Center is hopeful that their beloved live concert series’ will return starting in October 2021 through May 2022. St. Cecilia Music Center is planning to feature 15+ evenings of outstanding performances by world-renowned jazz, folk and chamber music artists in what will be their 138th season of music.

Executive & Artistic Director of SCMC Cathy Holbrook says, “We are thrilled and thankful to begin again in 2021 – 2022 with live concerts featuring most of the artists who were scheduled to appear this past season and had to be sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These great artists are looking forward to getting back out on tour to perform in front of live audiences and to bring music back to concert stages in the U.S. and worldwide. We are looking forward to this new season, especially in light of the inability to host live audiences within our beautiful hall last season. We so missed seeing our loyal supporters and music lovers in person and we’re looking forward to hosting a year of celebration with live music again at SCMC!”

Concerts for SCMC’s 2021 – 2022 season will include three Spectacular Jazz Series events, three Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series performances, six Acoustic Café Folk Series evenings of music and a new first-ever jazz festival in February 2022 entitled WinterFest featuring Christian McBride and Friends.

  • The new WinterFest event features seven-time GRAMMY-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride with some of his most talented musical collaborators for a three-evening festival in Royce Auditorium from February 24 -26, 2021.
  •  Artists in SCMC’s Spectacular Jazz Series will include the charismatic saxophonist Joshua Redman on January 20, 2022, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater together with phenomenal jazz pianist Bill Charlap on March 10, 2022, and acclaimed trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis with his  Uptown Jazz Orchestra on April 14, 2022.
  • SCMC and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary season of partnership this season. The esteemed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform three concerts: From Prague to Vienna on November 18, 2021 – this is the program that should have been performed in April 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. We are thrilled to welcome CMS Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han for this concert. The program on January 27, 2022 is titled Romantic Perspectives and March 31, 2022 features a program called The Jazz Effect.
  •  The Acoustic Café Folk Series will feature six exciting concerts including Sam Bush on October 6, 2021, Rodney Crowell on November 12, 2021, Leo Kottke on November 19, 2021, the Milk Carton Kids on December 2, 2021 and Watkins Family Hour on December 16, 2021. In the new year,  singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will perform in the spring on May 12, 2022.

More Acoustic Cafe Folk concerts may be announced later for the 2021 – 2022 Season.

Cathy Holbrook states, “It was important to us to bring the artists we had booked this past seasonfor the upcoming 2021-22 season. It was such a disappointment to line up such an amazing year, only to have it all cancelled due to COVID-19. Recreating that amazing line-up gives us hope for the future. We are also thrilled to announce that our new WinterFest Jazz Festival was able to be rescheduled for the same week (one year later!) in February with the same line-up of stellar artists to appear with Christian McBride for three nights of world-class music!”

St. Cecilia Music Center Series Concerts planned for the 2021/2022 season: 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series

 “From Prague to Vienna– November 18, 2021

“Romantic Perspectives”– January 27, 2022

“The Jazz Effect”– March 31, 2022


Spectacular Jazz Series

Joshua Redman – January 20, 2022

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap – March 10, 2022

Delfeayo Marsaliswith the Uptown Jazz Orchestra – April 14, 2022

SCMC Winterfest Jazz Festival

Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer – February 24, 2021

Christian McBride Trio featuring guest singerCyrille Aimée – February 25, 2021

Christian McBride andInside Straight – February 26, 2021

Acoustic Cafe Folk Series

Sam Bush – October 6, 2021

Rodney Crowell – November 12, 2021

Leo Kottke – November 19, 2021

The Milk Carton Kids – December 2, 2021

Watkins Family Hour – December 16, 2021

Shawn Colvin – May 12, 2022

One Summer Acoustic Cafe Folk Series Concert currently planned as a stand-alone concert will feature Marc Cohn appearing on August 21, 2021 – tickets are currently available. 

Subscription tickets for all the new series concerts are now on sale. Individual tickets for each concert will go on sale June 1, 2021. 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series 2021 – 2022.

The exquisite Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plans to perform three outstanding concerts during the 10th anniversary of the partnership between SCMC and CMS:

  • From Prague to Viennaon November 18, 2021. This concert celebrates friendship and family with three composers who mentored and inspired each other. Brahms discovered Dvořák through a composition competition, helped him rise to international stardom, and became his lifelong friend and mentor. In turn, Suk was one of Dvořák’s favorite students and eventually became his son-in-law. Suk’s piano quartet holds a special place in their relationship: it was the first piece that made Dvořák fall in love with his talent. Dvořák was also a devoted family man, and he saved his 100th opus number for a special work for his children. The program ends with the young Brahms’s first piano quartet, which changed music history with its rousing gypsy ending.
  • “Romantic Perspectives” on January 27, 2022. The Romantic movement in music blossomed across Europe during the nineteenth century. Fueled by the vision of Beethoven, the poetry of Schubert, and the hyper-emotionalism of Schumann, composers tapped their inner selves, often deeply inspired by their native cultures. Johannes Brahms, declared to be the heir to the mantle of Beethoven, adhered to the discipline of the classical age, yet, who has ever composed more romantically and with such passion? Gustav Mahler, whose symphonies expanded music’s horizon by leaps and bounds, penned his only work of chamber music, this achingly beautiful movement, as an idealistic student. And César Franck, the lion of French romantic composers, brought all of his sensuousness and seriousness to this epic quintet, one of the literature’s most cherished masterpieces.
  • “The Jazz Effect” on March 31, 2022. In terms of pure musicality, George Gershwin was America’s Schubert. He composed with a creativity and skill that immortalized his art, and hardly any of his works is more embedded in the world’s musical consciousness than Rhapsody in Blue, originally described by Gershwin as a “symphony” for piano solo and jazz band. This extraordinary chamber music program pays tribute to great composers who crossed the bridge between the classical and jazz idiom, with dazzling results.

Spectacular Jazz Series 2022

Three exciting concerts are planned for the Spectacular Jazz Series in the 2021-22 season:

  • The Spectacular Jazz Series will kick off on January 20, 2022 when the charismatic Jazz Saxophonist Joshua Redman will grace SCMC’s Royce Auditorium stage.One of the most esteemed artists of our time, the ceaselessly innovative saxophonist Joshua Redman has become a legend in his own right. Critics and fans are awed by Redman’s passionate live performances and acclaimed recordings. The Joshua Redman and his band evoke a sound that is both challenging and provocative to hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful – music with a joyous and celebratory spirit. Redmond’s latest album titled Come What May – the first since 2001’s Passage of Time – was released in Spring 2019. JazzTimes says it best: Joshua Redman is “unparalleled among horn players today.”
  •  Two GRAMMY® winners will share the stage on March 10, 2022 – GRAMMY® and Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and world- renowned GRAMMY® winning jazz pianist Bill Charlap.  Dee Dee Bridgewater, over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Bridgewater, a fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of jazz tradition is a three-time GRAMMY®winner including her GRAMMY® for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2011. Bill Charlap, one of the world’s premier jazz pianists has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. In 2016, Charlap won the GRAMMY® for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.
  • On April 14, 2021, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will performa night of big band favorites.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 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 News observed, ” 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!”

St. Cecilia Music Center WinterFest Jazz Festival 2022

St. Cecilia Music Center WinterFest will feature acclaimed GRAMMY®– winning jazz bassist Christian McBride & Friends for a three-day festival in Royce Auditorium in February 2022:

  •  February 24 will feature McBride and Edgar Meyer for a double Double Bass extravaganza;
  •  February 25 will be a traditional jazz show showcasing McBride’s celebrated jazz career with his trio and special guest jazz singer Cyrille Aimée;
  • February 26 will be an evening with Christian McBride’s quintet, Inside Straight, for an unforgettable night of energetic and inspiring jazz.

The seven-time GRAMMY®–winning jazz bassist Christian McBride is called a “force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman.” With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. From jazz (McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny) to R&B (Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown) to pop/rock (Sting, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon) to hip-hop/neo-soul (The Roots, Queen Latifah) to classical  (Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer, Shanghai Quartet), he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.

Avery Fisher Prize winning bassist Edgar Meyer is in demand as both a performer and a composer. He has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the forefront, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. In 2007, recognizing his wide-ranging recording achievements, Sony/BMG released a compilation of The Best of Edgar Meyer. In 2011, Meyer joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan for the Sony Masterworks recording The Goat Rodeo Sessions which was awarded the 2012 GRAMMY® Award for Best Folk Album. As a composer, Meyer has carved out a remarkable and unique niche in the musical world. One of his most recent compositions is the Double Concerto for Double Bass and Violin which received its world premiere July 2012 with Joshua Bell at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Meyer and Bell have also performed the work at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Nashville and Toronto symphony orchestras. In the 2011-12 season, Meyer was composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony where he premiered his third concerto for double bass and orchestra. Meyer has collaborated with Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain to write a triple concerto for double bass, banjo, and tabla, which was commissioned for the opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Cyrille Aimée, acclaimed GRAMMY®-nominated vocalist, ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by The New York Times. Among countless accolades, Aimée won the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition. As an actress, Aimée co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a Stephen Sondheim tribute at New York’s City Center which inspired her to dig deeper into Sondheim’s repertoire, resulting in her fourth and most recent album, Move On: A Sondheim Adventure.

Inside Straight is Christian McBride’s quintet formed in 2009Kind of Brown, the quintet’s debut studio album, was released in 2009 when Will Lyman of PopMatters wrote “This music is unselfconsciously traditional: it’s fun; it swings…it’s not experimental, but it gives superb voice to several brilliant players and one new discovery. And now Christian McBride, the finest bassist of his generation, is on track.” In 2013, the quintet released People Music. Corey Brown of Notreble said “The new album finds the quintet in hard-swing mode, delivering what they call “more road-tested, ‘lived-in’ Inside Straight” in an accessible way, and one that makes the audience part of the experience.”

Acoustic Café Folk Series 2020/2021

Six outstanding shows are currently planned for the Acoustic Café Folk Series 2021 – 2022 season with the possibility of adding additional shows as the season progresses

  •  Sam Bush will take the stage on October 6, 2021 to kick off the Acoustic Café Folk Series. Sam Bush hasreleased seven albums and a live DVD over the past two decades. In 2009, the Americana Music Association awarded Bush the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few present-day bluegrass vanguards among so many musicians he’s influenced. His performances are annual highlights of the festival circuit, with Bush’s joyous perennial appearances at Telluride’s famed bluegrass fest earning him the title, “King of Telluride.” Bush says, “With this band I have now, I am free to try anything. Looking back at the last 50 years of playing “newgrass”, with the elements of jazz improvisation and rock-&amp-roll, jamming, playing with New Grass Revival, Leon, and Emmylou; it’s a culmination of all of that.”
  • The legendary Rodney Crowell will make his debut in Royce Auditorium on November 12, 2021Crowell is known as the founding father of the Americana genre. He is Nashville royalty and a national treasure, as well as a five-time Americana honoree and award winner. Crowell as a hit songwriter, as a chart-topping singer, and as a gruffly grinning member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is still going strong.His prolific work has added another new album to a long list of titles. Rodney Crowell: Texas was released in August 2019. The album includes his work performed by him and well-known artists such as Vince Gill, Ringo Starr, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle and other outstanding musicians. This album of classics is not a victory lap. It’s a field sprint, followed by a campfire circle. It’s Rodney Crowell playing guitar and singing with friends, live and in real time. With Crowell’s joyful ownership of songs that have become dear companions the audience will experience the depth of Crowell’s true nature during this special evening and his first appearance on stage at SCMC.
  •  St. Cecilia Music Center will bring back legendary guitarist and Grand Rapids favorite Leo Kottke on November 19, 2021Kottke, who has been described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “so good that he didn’t need a band” will entertain the West Michigan audience with his amazing six and twelve-string guitar picking genius. Kottke who has more than 42 years of touring under his belt, nearly 30 albums to his name and an astonishing array of material to choose from, will entertain the audience with his instrumental genius and engaging sense of humor. His shows at SCMC are always sell outs.
  • The Milk Carton Kids, on December 2, 2021 will bring in the holiday season with their return visit to St. Cecilia Music Center. Since their last appearance at SCMC on February 28, 2019, life has continued to change dramatically for The Milk Carton Kids, the American indie folk duo with Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale. Pattengale has moved to Nashville, where he is also producing records; Ryan, who still resides in California is now the father of two children. A break from years of non-stop touring, Ryan says, has yielded “space outside of the band that gives us perspective on what the band is.” The Only Ones, the group’s new record, released in October 2019 (out now on the band’s own Milk Carton Records imprint in partnership with Thirty Tigers), features more great music from Ryan and Pattengale performing a stripped-down acoustic set without a backing band. On The Only Ones, the pair returns to the core of what they are about musically: the duo. The group has been nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album in 2013 (The Ash & Clay); Best American Roots Performance in 2015 (“The City of Our Lady”); and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, in 2018 (All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do).
  • Watkins Family Hour will grace the stage on December 16, 2021 with Sean Watkins and Sara Watkins performing songs from their new album brother sister, as well as other favorites by this powerful duo.Moving from one landscape to the next – literally and musically — is nothing new to Sean and Sara Watkins, who have performed separately and together for nearly their whole lives. Growing up near San Diego, they played countless shows at a local pizza place in Carlsbad, California, with their childhood friend, Chris Thile. As young adults, those three musicians broke out nationally as Nickel Creek, an acoustic ensemble that sold millions of albums, won a Grammy, and toured the world.

Encouraged by a local club owner in Los Angeles, Sean and Sara formed Watkins Family Hour in 2002 as an outlet to try out some original songs and a few covers that didn’t work with Nickel Creek. That club, Largo, has since become the home base for Watkins Family Hour.

With Nickel Creek on hiatus, Sean and Sara released multiple solo albums and pursued other collaborations, most recently with Sara’s involvement in the super group, I’m With Her. Returning to the studio last year in early 2020, Sean and Sara Watkins consider brother sister a duo-centric record – yet one that feels bigger than just two people. With Sean primarily on guitar and Sara on fiddle, and with both of them sharing vocals, the siblings enlisted producer Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Mandy Moore, J.S. Ondara) and mixer-engineer Clay Blair to harness the energy and honesty of their live sound.

  • Three-time GRAMMY winner Shawn Colvin will return to St. Cecilia Music Center on May 12, 2022 to commemorate her recently released album Steady On Acoustic. In October 1989, Colvin released her debut album, Steady On, a stunning introduction to an artist who quickly established herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. The album was lauded for its confessional songwriting and well-crafted melodies, and for Colvin’s tender and provocative vocals. Colvin received the ultimate acknowledgement for Steady On when she was awarded the GRAMMY® award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. She swiftly amassed a dedicated and passionate fan base.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of this landmark album, Colvin released a newly-recorded solo-acoustic version. Steady On Acoustic strips each song to the core, placing Colvin’s songwriting masterclass on full display. “I’ve played these songs countless times, primarily as a solo acoustic artist,” she says. “All in all, this is the incarnation that feels most genuine. And so, to commemorate this milestone I decided to celebrate Steady On by recording it again, this time using only my voice and my guitar. This represents who I am as an artist and all I ever wanted to be, and I believe it does its predecessor proud.” Shawn Colvin will perform Steady On Acoustic in its entirety, as well as fan favorites, in what promises to be a very special evening for her new and longtime fans.

Additional Concerts within the Acoustic Café Folk Series 2021/2022 may be announced at a later date.


Season subscription tickets to the 2022 SCMC WinterFest Jazz Festival, Spectacular Jazz Series and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert Series are now available online at or by calling 616-459-2224

Single tickets** for WinterFest, Chamber, Jazz, and Folk series concerts will go on sale on be available on June 1, 2021 to be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.orgIf SCMC is able to offer post-concertCD-signingreceptions, all ticket-holders may beable to meet some of the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releasesFurther information will be announced closer to the start of the season on whether COVID restrictions will allow SCMC to hold receptions.

Series Subscribers of SCMC WinterFest, Spectacular Jazz Series, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series, and the Combined Jazz & Chamber Subscription (Jazz and Chamber) are offered with great benefits including 15-20% discount off single concert ticket prices.

**Ticket prices: There is a $7 fee on each subscription ticket. Single tickets have a $3.00 per ticket fee. All concerts start at 7:30pm. 

[A note from SCMC Executive Director Cathy Holbrook: “As we approach the new 2021 – 2022 Season of Music at St. Cecilia Music Center, we are excited about the season. We know that we may be approaching a “new normal” this season and will hold the concerts with the safety of patrons in mind. The SCMC building will adhere to recommended cleaning and disinfecting protocol. All concert dates will be subject to changes if necessary in 2021 or 2022 based on statewide mandates out of the organization’s control.”]


Chamber Music Society Series

3-concert subscription

15% discount off single ticket prices

Subscription: $114

Plus: Add any or ALL of the three WinterFest concerts to your subscription and receive 15% off the single ticket price on festival tickets.

Spectacular Jazz Series 

3-concert subscription

15% discount off single ticket prices

Subscription: $137

Plus: Add any or ALL of the three WinterFest concerts to your subscription and receive 15% off the single ticket price on festival tickets.

Chamber +  Jazz Subscription package

20% discount off single ticket prices

6-concert combination series 

Subscription: $236

Plus: Add any or ALL of the three WinterFest concerts to your subscription and receive 15% off the single ticket price on festival tickets.

SCMC WinterFest Subscription package

3-concert subscription

15% discount off single ticket prices

Subscription: $123



SCMC WinterFest Jazz Festival Single Tickets


Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer

Thursday, February 24, 2022

A section $55

B section $50

Christian McBride Trio & Cyrille Aimee

Friday, February 25, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

Christian McBride & Inside Straight 

Saturday, February 26, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Single Tickets 

From Prague to Vienna

Thursday, November 18, 2021

A section $45

B section $40

Romantic Perspectives

Thursday, January 27, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

The Jazz Effect

Thursday, March 31, 2022

A section $45

B section $40

Jazz Series Single Tickets 

Jazz Saxophonist Joshua Redman

Thursday, January 20, 2022

A section $55

B section $45

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap

Thursday, March 10, 2022

A section $55

B section $50

Delfeayo Marsalis Big Band

Thursday, April 14, 2022

A section $50

B section $45

Folk Series Single Tickets 

Sam Bush

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A section $45

B section $40

Rodney Crowell

Friday, November 12, 2021

A section $60

B section $50