First Fridays during Hope College school year 12:00-1:00pm
Founded in 2008 and directed by Hope College piano professor Dr. Andrew Le (Drew), Brown Bag has rapidly become one of the most popular and innovative music events in the Holland area. Built on the premise that classical music should be accessible by all, the series presents classical art music in a setting that is completely free of pretense: performers are required to wear jeans and talk to the audience about their selections, people of all ages are encouraged to come and go as they please, and everyone is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and make as much or as little noise as they wish. Light beverages are also served.
The free Brown Bag concerts happen every month of the academic year at the beautiful Holland Area Arts Council from 12-1 p.m. Each hour-long program consists of a wide variety of musical offerings primarily from Hope students, faculty, and staff.
Jazz in the Gallery
Thursday, April 27, 2017 An intimate concert featuring award winning composer, performer, Robin Connell, bassist, Warren Jones and Fennville keyboardist/percussionist Jim Cooper.
Steve Marshall's Gigantic Green Magic Box
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Magically themed Art-Making at 10 am. Magic Show at 11. AM Enjoy our special guest artist, Steve Marshall–a world renowned magician and comedian– as he performs some delightful kid-friendly Magic in the Padnos Gallery.
Experimental Soundscapes Concert
Friday, November 4, 2016 A concert featuring award-winning Seattle flutist Gary Stroutsos, Kalamazoo flutist/author, Ken Morgan, and Fennville keyboardist/percussionist, Jim Cooper. The evening program will feature a unique combination of Native American flute music, piano, gongs, percussion and poetry. The concert promises to be soulful, introspective and informative.
Lush Life Jazz Concert: the Music of Billy Strayhorn
Saturday, October 8, 2016.
In concert will be the unique jazz duo of local vibraphonist Jim Cooper and Cincinnati pianist Phil Burkhead. The concert will spotlight the music of Billy Strayhorn as well as selections from Dave Brubeck and new, original music. Cooper and Bulkhead teach each summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps. They hit it off both musically and personally–finding a common love for the the music of Billy Strayhorn. The two plan to record a CD in October, recognizing Strayhorn’s centenary.
Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition Showcase
Sunday, September 20, 2015 The top 10 finalists and winners of the 2015 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition performed a showcase concert of operatic arias in an intimate gallery setting of the Holland Area Arts Council. The scope of this competition expands annually as it gains recognition from young professional singers and vocal students. Over 22 states and several countries were represented by entries from many colleges and universities and professionals. This seventh annual competition is sure to continue the trend of talent rising to even greater heights.
Holland Area Arts Council 150 East 8th Street Holland, Michigan 49423