Celebrating 20 Years at the Van Singel

2018-2019 CHEMICAL BANK Series

We’re celebrating 20 years at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center and we are thrilled to present the 2018-2019 CHEMICAL BANK series featuring professional local talent, national concert artists, a national touring musical comedy, great jazz and adding a new exciting youth theatre program!  Call the Van Singel box office at 616.878.6800, Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 pm.

VICTORS OF CHARACTER

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm - FREE COMMUNITY PRODUCTION
Gerald R. Ford Foundation and Mercantile Bank present Victors of Character at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. The powerful true story is turned into a live, on-stage performance that tells the narrative of a young Gerald Ford, his friend and teammate Willis Ward, and the 1934 football game that both tested and shaped their character. The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is proud to partner with the Ford Foundation to present Victors of Character: A Story of Loyalty, Integrity, and the Courage to Make a Difference. Pick up your free tickets at the box office Monday through Friday 12 to 5 pm.

Victors of Character will also be performed on Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm; and on Thursday at 9:30 am for school groups.

SWING NIGHT AT THE VAN SINGEL

with GLENN BULTHUIS & The HARK UP BIG BAND

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 pm
The 20th Anniversary Chemical Bank Series kicks off with one of Van Singel’s favorite guests. Glenn Bulthuis returns on Saturday, October 6 with the 17-piece Hark Up Big Band for an evening of 24 Swingin’ Hits. For more than 10 years, Glenn Bulthuis and his bands have thrilled our audiences with the Music of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and James Taylor on the Van Singel stage.  Now he returns with an all new 17-piece “Big Band” line up to perform the songs of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, and many, many more. So come on down and enjoy Swing Night at the Van Singel…it’ll be unforgettable! Reserved seating is $18 for adults and $12 for students. Call the box office at 616.878.6800 or order on-line.

PIANO MEN The Tribute Sir Elton John & Billy Joel

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30 pm
"The Tribute Sir Elton John & Billy Joel!" is a night of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes, and true Rock N Roll at it's Finest! Sir Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists have joined forces to create The Ultimate Tribute Show. The two capture both artists in their high energy, interactive Rock N Roll show. Initial concert events have been highly successful with all involved raving about their intensity on stage. Just like the original tour, each artist performs a Solo Set with a killer Rock N Roll band, and then culminate the show with a "Face to Face" set which features both of them playing together on two pianos trading off lyrics on each song they perform. Both Capturing Billy Joel and Sir Eltons' captivating entertainment prowess, Piano Skills and unbelievable outrageous costumes from the 70's to present day! Reserved seating is $37 for adults and $22 for students. Call the box office at 616.878.6800 or order on-line (additional fees will apply for on line orders).

CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES Rise Up O Men

Tuesday, March 26, 2018, 7:30 pm 
Let’s hear it for the boys! Fans of the musical comedy series Church Basement Ladies will finally get to know more about the men of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church, in the new musical comedy, Rise Up O Men. This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church Basement Ladies. Rise Up O Men features familiar faces: Mrs. Mavis Gilmerson, Mrs. Vivian Snustad, and Mrs. Karin Engleson who would never leave the basement kitchen unattended, of course (who would make bars for the youth group meeting?). But as they busy themselves with preparations for the town’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, we get to see their coming-and-goings from the eyes of the menfolk, who have their own problems to solve. Karin’s husband Elroy, farmer Carl and Great War vet Arlo are joined in brotherhood by series staple, Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Their camaraderie unites them as they deal with furnace salesmen, looming retirement, rival Protestant denominations, the Pastor’s bad jokes, and Arlene’s even-worse cooking. Be sure to reserve your seats early as Church Basement Ladies is a real favorite of Van Singel patrons…..and we are thrilled to bring this new installment to you! Reserved seating is $35 for adults and $22 for students. Call the box office at 616.878.6800 or order on-line (additional fees will apply for on line orders).

COOL JAZZ featuring Wycliffe Gordon

Friday, April 26, 2018, 7:30 pm
Get ready, set and go once again for a hot night of Cool Jazz featuring Wycliffe Gordon along with Byron Center Jazz Ensembles.  Reserved seating is $18 for adults and $11 for students. Call the box office at 616.878.6800 or order on-line (additional fees will apply for on line orders).