The Reif Center
The Reif Performing Arts Center has long been one of Grand Rapids’ most popular attractions. For over 30 years it has drawn regional crowds to its performances which run September through May. In recent years the Reif has presented between 35-40 national and international touring shows, representing a broad ranges of genres: musical theater, rock tributes, country, theater for young audiences, chamber ensembles, dance, bluegrass, etc.
Reif On The Road Continues
Since April of 2015, however, the Reif Center has been closed for major renovations and expansion. They were initially scheduled to reopen this February, but construction delays will keep their doors closed until the first of May. It is an exciting time for locals, as we’ve watched the facade transform, anticipation continues to build as we think about the improvements within the walls: an expanded lobby with fireplace, expanded bathrooms, new furnishings and updated technology in the main stage, and the addition of a second stage!
During this time, the Reif Center has been presenting performances “On the Road,” utilizing a number of different venues in the area. This week is steeped with opportunities to catch great entertainment:
Thursday, March 10: Artaria String Quartet – Celebrating its 29th season, St. Paul’s Artaria String Quartet has been lauded by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Original Series for their ability to “give eloquent voice to whatever work it tackles.”
Friday, March 11: Christian Howes’ Southern Exposure – All-star violinist Christian Howes celebrates the release of his newest album Southern Exposure, which pays homage to the uplifting and passionate rhythms of Latin America and Spain. Also introducing Minnesota-based accordianist, Patrick Harison.
Tuesday, March 15: Shaun Hopper – One of America’s finest acoustic, fingerstyle guitar players, Shaun covers everything from Chet Atkins to Andre Segovia and from The Beatles to Queen, as well as original compositions. Shaun never fails to mesmerize an audience!
These three events at Chucker Auditorium, at Itasca Community College at 7:30pm. We are sincerely excited about getting back in to the Reif Center soon (less than 2 months and counting)! The Grand Reopening Season won’t start until September of 2016, but the Reif has a few events planned for May that will surely draw a crowd. Tickets for these events will be available to the public on Monday, March 14th beginning at 8:30am. You can purchase them at Ogle’s Marketplace Foods, over the phone at (218) 327-5780, or online at www.reifcenter.org.
May Sneak Peak
Wednesday, May 4: James Sewell Ballet – Combining the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville, James Sewell Ballet transcends all stereotypes of the classical art form. Presenting “Band It,” set to the driving rhythms of American band music, excerpts from Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s “Seasons,” and a reprisal of Sewell’s playful “Chopin Studies.”
Friday, May 6: Okee Dokee Brothers – The GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers perform family music which inspires children to get outside and get creative. Their nationwide fan base is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style.
Saturday, May 7: Sammy Kershaw – One of country music’s most consistent, power-hitters, Kershaw’s platinum albums were propelled into the record books with hits such as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near The Water,” and more.