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October 9


Messiaen’s Visions of Amen
An Exploration of Messiaen’s Faith Expressed Through Music          

In 2004, while studying Olivier Messiaen's music, Calvin professor Hyesook Kim, piano, found herself wishing she knew more about the religious perspective of the French composer. Olivier Messiaen had stated the sole purpose of his music was to point people to Christ yet little had been written about the connection between his faith and his music.

Professor Kim with colleagues Steve Schloesser, of Loyola University, and pianist Stéphane Lemelin, of McGill University, received a grant from the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship to explore the subject of Messiaen's faith and music. The fruits of this project culminated in the recent publication of Steve Schloesser's Visions of Amen: the Early Life and Music of Olivier Messiaen. A recording of Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen, performed by Hyesook Kim and Stéphane Lemelin, is included with the book.

This concert is to celebrate the completion of their project.

TICKETS: Tickets are not required.

October 17 & 18



The Spotlight concert features student performances ranging from solo work to larger ensembles, from musical theatre to early music. The casual concert atmosphere allows you to create your own unique musical experience by enjoying performances in three different venues. Complete your evening by staying for the Calvin Music Festival immediately following.

Tickets: Required, FREE of charge
Proceeds benefit Calvin College's music scholarship program. 
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office

October 17 & 18

Calvin Music Festival

Calvin Music Festival

Welcome to the Calvin Music Festival. Rick Treur, foundering member of River City Improv, will be emceeing this year's Calvin Music Festival with talking program notes from stage. Learn about the music and the musicians throughout the evening's performance. The concert will feature all eight music department ensembles for a one-of-a-kind collage style concert.

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students
Proceeds benefit Calvin College's music scholarship program. 
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office

Don't miss SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight is a create-your-own-concert experience taking place one hour prior to the Calvin Music Festival. The concert will take place at 6:30pm and concert goers are encouraged to partake of performances in the CFAC Recital Hall and CFAC Auditorium. Tickets are free but required.

October 30

Ensemble Montage

Ensemble Montage

Formed in 1997, Ensemble Montage is dedicated to presenting kaleidoscopic combinations of chamber music ranging from the baroque trio sonata to music written by the group's member-composer Alexander Miller.  The group specializes in repertoire that mixes strings, woodwinds, and piano, but expands and contracts as repertoire demands – they've added percussion, voice, trumpet, an extra viola, double bass, and even accordion on occasion.

Tickets: Tickets are not required. 

December 7

Lessons and Carols

Lessons & Carols - A Pentecostal Christmas

  • Special Event Series
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church

A service of scripture readings and Advent and Christmas music which explores the active work of the Holy Spirit in Old Testament prophecy, in the narrative of Jesus’ birth, and in the world today. Calvin Women’s Chorale, under the direction of guest conductor Pearl Shangkuan, and the Campus Choir, under the direction of Sean Ivory, will lead the 41st annual service of songs, hymns and scripture readings on Sunday, December 7.

TICKETS: A free-will offering will be collected; tickets are not required.

December 13

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride Around the World

Fasten your seat belts, the Calvin College Wind Ensemble is ready to take you on a Sleigh Ride adventure around the world! Enjoy Christmas music, traditions and dance from a variety of other nations without leaving Grand Rapids, MI. Sleigh Ride Around the World is a multimedia concert perfect for every member of the family.

Tickets: $5 individual, $25 family
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office

April 23

David Reimer

David Reimer, violin

David Reimer is associate professor of Music at Calvin, teaching violin, chamber music, string methods and music appreciation. He holds his DMA from the Ohio State University as well as MM and BM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Bernard Goldschmidt. Dr. Reimer has a strong orchestra background and he performs regularly with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Tickets: Tickets are not required.