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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 11:00am

 

Krasl Art Center Serving Up Soup's On 2017

 

Soups On: Wednesday, November 29 -Friday, December 1 - 11:00am - 1:30pm Daily

 

Krasl Art Center's annual fundraising event features delicious soups from Zoup!, The Buck Burgers & Brew and Bistro on the Boulevard, beverages by Biggby and homemade desserts; all for just $10.00. Proceeds support the Krasl Art Center's year-round programs.

The Shop features artist-made gifts and one-of-a-kind cards in The Shop and support the ceramics program by purchasing ($10) a handmade bowl created in the Krasl Art Center's own ceramic studio. Featured artist include ornaments by Carolyn Jones, wearables by Sharon Wilkinson and bowls by the Krasl Art Center's own Nathan Margon and Zona. Bring your friends and co-workers along for lunch and shop early for the best selection. For more information, call 983-0271 or visit www.krasl.org.

"It was a fantastic experience working together with clay artist guild members, students and KAC staff to create these bowls.  The energy and enthusiasm of these people make our ceramics studio one of our most creative and exciting spaces at Krasl Art Center.  All proceeds from bowl sales go directly back into the ceramics studio, benefiting hundreds of youth and adult students every year."

 stated Nathan Margoni, Manager of Education & Interpretation


 

The Shop is open Mon-Sat 10:00 - 4:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

KRASL ART CENTER

The Krasl Art Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The Krasl Art Center is located in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan overlooking Lake Michigan. The KAC has three public galleries, five studios, a library/lecture room, a black and white wet darkroom, a gift shop, and a permanent collection of 42 works of sculpture. Through its mission to bring people and art together, the KAC offers thoughtful exhibitions, engaging classes and camps, community events such as Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff and the Artisan Market, outreach opportunities, and cultural exploration. The Krasl Art Center is funded in part by the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Krasl Art Center galleries are open Monday-Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 10-4; Thursday from 10-9; and Sunday 1-4.  Admission to the galleries is free of change.  For more information, please contact the Krasl Art Center at 269.983.0271, or visit www.krasl.org.

Saturday, 2 December 2017 - 7:00pm

The Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra Announces its “Run Out’ and Winter Concerts

The musicians of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra will be performing two concerts to complete their fall term. The first concert will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00pm at LC Mohr Auditorium at South Haven High School. This concert features the LMYO’s most advanced group, the Youth Symphony, which is a full orchestra with wind, brass, string and percussion students representing 12 schools in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. Pieces being performed include “Jupiter- the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets, by Holst and Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, by Howard Shore and highlight the advanced skill level of the students. 

The second concert will be Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4pm at the Howard Performing Arts Center in Berrien Springs. This concert presents pieces by all three LMYO ensembles: the Concert Strings, the Encore Strings and the Youth Symphony.  The three ensembles reflect the advancement to more complex music as students progress on their instruments.  Highlights of the concert include Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space by Meyer and a special guest, professor Phillip Serna of Valparaiso University, performing  the Viola da Gamba Concertino on the Viola da Gamba.


WHAT: Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra “Run Out” Concert 

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

  • Youth Symphony, conducted by Mr. Burke Lokey

WHERE: South Haven High School, 600 Elkenburg St, South Haven, MI 49090

 

PROGRAM December 2, 2017

“Jupiter- the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets, by Holst  

“March of the Meistersingers” from Die Meistersinger, by Wagner

Symphonic Suite from The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring, by Howard Shore

 

WHAT: Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra Winter Concert 
WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

  • Youth Symphony, conducted by Mr. Burke Lokey
  • Encore Strings, conducted by Mr. Joe Oprea
  • Concert Strings, conducted by Ms. Beth Oeseburg

WHERE: Howard Performing Arts Center, 4160 E Campus Cir Dr, Berrien Springs, MI 49104

PROGRAM December 17, 2017

Concert Strings, conductor Ms. Beth Oesburg

We Three Kings Rock, arr. by Deborah Baker Monday

A Perpetual Motion Christmas, arr. by Mark Williams

Eagle’s Pride, by Susan H. Day

 

Encore Strings, conductor, Mr. Joe Oprea  

The Tell-Tale Heart, by Story

Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming, arr. By Del Borgo

Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space, by Meyer

Hyperdrive, by Ford

 

Youth Symphony, conductor, Mr. Burke Lokey

“Jupiter- the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets, by Holst  

“March of the Meistersingers” from Die Meistersinger, by Wagner

Symphonic Suite from The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring, by Howard Shore

Viola de Gamba Concertino, performed by special guest Phillip Serna - Valparaiso University professor

 

TICKETS available at the door for each concert. 

$5 Adults

$3 Students/Seniors

 

The Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra is one of several educational programs of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. For over 30 years, the Youth Orchestra has provided an orchestral experience for talented young musicians in southwest Michigan from kindergarten age to college senior.

Under the direction of conductors Burke Lokey, Joe Oprea, and Beth Oeseburg, the Youth Orchestra, Encore Strings and Concert Strings rehearse on Monday evenings during the fall and spring of each school year.

The orchestra performs four public concerts each year - A “Run Out” Concert, a Winter Concert, a Spring Concert and the ‘Side by Side’ Concert with the Southwest Michigan Symphony. The LMYO program includes scholarships to summer music camps, sectional rehearsals with members of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and free tickets to SMSO concerts. Membership is by audition for all three groups. 

For more information, contact the Symphony office at 269-982-4030 or visit http://smso.org/Education/Lake%20Michigan%20Youth%20Orchesta.html

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 5:30pm

Event:              Mix & Mingle Holiday Party

When:              Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

 

 

Mix & Mingle this holiday season at The Mendel Center

 

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Those who shoulder the burden of holiday party planning for their office, service organization, group of friends, or extended family can breathe a sigh of relief this year. The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College is handling the details with an event ideal for groups looking to share the spirit of the season, businesses celebrating a job-well-done with their employees, as well as those who want to spend a relaxing evening with friends or that special someone.

 

On Tuesday, December 19, the Mix & Mingle Holiday Party gets things started at 5:30 p.m. in Grand Upton Hall. The ready-made event comes complete with food, beverages, and good times, taking the work out of party planning.

 

A sumptuous buffet awaits guests with featured selections including chef-carved ham and turkey, a deluxe salad bar, mashed potato station, side dishes, and dessert. Coffee and tea service are included with dinner. Guests may enjoy a full cash bar with a wide selection of Michigan wines, craft beers, and mixed drinks throughout the party. Partygoers can also expect special entertainment surprises.

 

Following dinner, guests can take the short walk inside The Mendel Center to the Mainstage where Bryan Lubeck is back to host Rejoice 2017 – A Tapestry of Holiday Music at 7:30 p.m. Last year’s live holiday concert brought folks to their feet. This year builds on that momentum with fresh arrangements of old holiday favorites and new musical collaborations.

 

Mix & Mingle Holiday Party tickets are $25 per person. Rejoice 2017 – A Tapestry of Holiday Music tickets start at $24, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more, as well as for seniors, veterans, students, and Mainstage Series members. Group dinner and show packages start at $43 per person. Valet parking will be available for $3 per vehicle beginning at 5:30 pm on the Grand Upton Hall side of the facility, and beginning at 6:30 pm on the Mainstage side through the end of the performance.

 

Tickets for both events may be purchased at www.TheMendelCenter.comor through The Mendel Center box office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those wanting to purchase group dinner and show packages should contact the box office for discounts. Table reservations for groups of 10 or more may be requested by speaking with a box office agent.

 

 

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The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 7:30pm

Event:              Bryan Lubeck Hosts Rejoice 2017 - A Tapestry of Holiday Music

When:              Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

Tickets on sale now:  $24 |$28| $38 | $48

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

 

Bryan Lubeck hosts Rejoice 2017 – A Tapestry of Holiday Music featuring Paula Atherton at The Mendel Center Mainstage

 

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Crowd-favorite Bryan Lubeck returns to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on  Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. to host REJOICE 2017 – A TAPESTRY OF HOLIDAY MUSIC on the Mainstage. Last year’s live holiday concert brought folks to their feet. This year builds on that momentum with fresh arrangements of old holiday favorites and new musical surprises to make the holidays sparkle.

 

Bryan, whose fiery Spanish guitar and smooth urban grooves are staples of holiday radio, will be joined by the vocal and saxophone mastery of radio darling Paula Atherton, by the melodic and contagiously high energy keyboard creations of pianist Scott Allman, and by Ted Yoder, who returns to Rejoice after having the most-watched online music video of 2016. This spectacular vocal and instrumental musical tapestry will inspire the spirit of the season and have you groovin’ in the aisles.

 

“I am happy to now see this show as a holiday tradition for many families. After last year featuring a vocalist who has since appeared on NBC’s The Voice, I am raising the bar even higher with talent that brought 2,000 people to their feet during Smooth Jazz at Sunset at Shadowland Pavilion this year - Paula Atherton,” stated Lubeck. “It’s exciting to see audiences getting into the spirit of the season through this approach of infusing the traditional holiday music variety show with a contemporary groove, artists, and fresh surprises.”

 

About Bryan Lubeck

Lubeck received an email out of the blue from Rick O’Dell, one of the most respected contemporary on-air personalities and radio programmers in the country. Attached was O’Dell’s famous Top 20 list of holiday albums of all time. In the Top 10 was Lubeck’s album We Three Strings with the likes of Mannheim Steamroller, The Carpenters, Dave Coz, and Mariah Carey. Since then Lubeck’s career has blossomed with his latest album Tuscan Sky which has spent more than 14 weeks on the various adult contemporary instrumental charts. Still his holiday CD receives regular radio play, with three songs played on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on Sirius XM’s contemporary jazz stations last year -- prime spots for an artist of any caliber. Lubeck has recorded with five Grammy Award winners and performed with 12 Grammy Award nominees and winners. Live shows are his forte with his high-energy, fiery Spanish guitar and smooth urban grooves along with an ability to connect with an audience like no other.

 

About Scott Allman
Scott Allman has been a familiar face in the Chicago jazz scene for a few years working with top Smooth Jazz artists like Phil Denny, Lin Rountree, chart topper Darren Rahn, and more, including opening for guitar legend Larry Carlton. After Lubeck and Allman shared the stage during a holiday show a couple of years ago, Lubeck invited Allman to play on his latest record Sparks, and now has him as part of the second annual Rejoice holiday show. Allman’s high-energy music is a favorite of contemporary pop and jazz listeners.   

 

About Paula Atherton
Sax player, vocalist, and songwriter Paula Atherton brought the crowd to its feet this summer in St. Joseph during Smooth Jazz at Sunset. Now this Billboard-charting artist returns to the area to delight audiences again. Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, and many others. Atherton’s third album, Enjoy the Ride, had two Billboard charting singles, while her fourth album, Ear Candy, features the Billboard hit single “Between You & Me.” Atherton will release her fifth album this year and is currently featured Cindy Bradley’s new single “Girl Talk” that reached #2 on Billboard in September of this year.

 

About Ted Yoder

Ted Yoder is a National Hammered Dulcimer champion. He has released five beloved and critically acclaimed solo albums and has become a master educator of the instrument. Yoder has been profiled in the Kearney Hub, Huffington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among many other features, profiles, and reviews in regional and taste-making outlets. On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Yoder became a household name when his Facebook Live video of his Live from the Orchard series playing Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” went viral. The video rocketed up to 53 million views in four days, and has now surpassed the 100 million view mark.

 

Tickets for Rejoice 2017 – A Tapestry of Holiday Music hosted by Bryan Lubeck start at $24 and are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. For information about group rates, pre-show party options, and other special arrangements, contact the Box Office. This performance is sponsored by Signature Automotive Group and 98.3 The Coast.

 

Mix & Mingle Holiday Party

Before the show, patrons can enjoy the Mix & Mingle Holiday Party at 5:30 p.m. in Grand Upton Hall. A sumptuous buffet awaits individuals, couples, small groups, and large groups with chef-carved ham and turkey, a deluxe salad bar, mashed potato station, side dishes, and dessert. Coffee and tea service are included with dinner. Guests may enjoy a full cash bar with a wide selection of Michigan wines, craft beers, and mixed drinks throughout the party. Partygoers can also expect special entertainment surprises. Mix & Mingle Holiday Party tickets are $25 per person and are available at www.TheMendelCenter.comand through the box office.

 

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About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College
The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include a new assistive listening system, free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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