The Community Artist Series was established to make the performing arts more available to the people of West Michigan. We have hosted many exciting musicians, speakers and events over several seasons. Our events are held at First Presbyterian Church and are always free and open to the public.
Powers Woodwind Quintet
Neil Jacobs, Twelve String Guitar
West Michigan Opera Project
Dr. Douglas Kindschi, Interfaith Institute, GVSU
West Michigan Concert Winds
Dr. Kevin den Dulk
Dr. James Fleming
Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys
Muskegon Chamber Choir
Pablo Sainz Villegas
The Perugino String Quartet
The Jeff Haas Quartet
Spectrum Brass Quintet
David Staal, speaker
Rabbi David J.B. Krishef
Max and Ruth Bloomquist
Voices, the GVSU Gospel Choir
Coalescence Percussion Duo
Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band
Rich and Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet Invasion
The Moxie Strings
Gina Morgano, Soprano
Aebersold & Neiweem, Four Hand Piano Duo
New Reformation Band
Great Lakes Barbershop Chorus
WMU Jazz Quartet
Austin Channing Brown
Daniel Chang, AGO Young Organist
Steel Doin’ It
Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet
New Music Ensemble of GVSU
Human Trafficking Panel Discussion
2020/21 Season Schedule
Greetings from the Community Artist and Speaker Series Committee. We have missed seeing you at our concert and speaker events, and are tentatively planning for a partial, virtual/live-streamed upcoming season. Following are the concerts that we have confirmed so far for this season, which will be live streamed on our Facebook page (@FirstPresGH):
Sunday, November 15, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Neil Jacobs, World 12-String Guitar
Neil Jacobs is truly a masterful performer on the 12-string acoustic guitar. With his own captivating style of playing that the St. Louis Riverfront Times describes as “mesmerizing” and the Austin Chronicle describes as “the rockin’est since early Leo Kottke”. Neil covers the world vibe with music diverse as Gypsy, World, Celtic, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra. Neil draws inspiration from his world travels and experiences, and shares his fascinating stories and humor with his audience.
Sunday, December 13, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Steel Doin’ It
In 2002, Steel Doin’ It was born from a community education class taught by Glen Miller at Spring Lake High School. Although some folks from the original group have retired, and others have joined, the group is still completely composed of Tri-Cities residents. Their mission is to have fun, while bringing the sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan to West Michigan.