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GRCC music professor hosts fundraiser for alum

Libor Ondras with his violin.

The “Recital in the Barn” is an event to raise money for Brysien Beer’s continuing education at Michigan State University.

Brysien Beer who graduated in 2011, is currently working to finish his Bachelor of music degree in vocal performance. Libor Ondras and Beer first met when Beer asked him for violin lessons at the college.

Ondras, Director of Orchestras at GRCC, along with former Grand Rapids Symphony maestro David Lockington organised the fundraising event. Beer had been attending MSU on a scholarship but is still short of the money he needs to finish his degree.

“When David Lockington advised me that (Beer) was running through these difficulties, and asked me if I’d be interested in helping him out by putting on a concert, of course I was pleased to agree with that,” Ondras said. “(Beer) already was attending MSU, but ran out of funds. So in order to complete his bachelor of music in vocal performance, we need to help him raise enough funds to finish that degree.”

The music performed with be chamber music featuring several members of the Grand Rapids Symphony as part of a Mozart oboe quartet with Ondras playing violin.

“Music is such a universal language, that using it in this way could be very effective,” Ondras said.

The guests are asked to make donations. There will be champagne and hors d’oeuvres served during the recital.

Ondras would like current and former GRCC students to know that the faculty is here to help them in any way they can.

“If we have students, even alumni, who need help from GRCC, their alma matter, don’t be shy to ask, reach out,” Ondras said. “I know that our faculty is so caring they would gladly go out of their way to make these students dreams come true. Don’t be afraid to ask (for help).”

The “Recital in the Barn” will be held at 3 p.m. Oct 30 at 3550 52nd St SE Kentwood, MI 49512.

Guests are asked to RSVP as seating will be limited to 50 guests. Please make reservations via davidkl@me.com.

Donations are being accepted via mail at the Brysien Fund, care of David Lockington at 3570 52nd St SE Kentwood, MI 49512, 616-821-5544.

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