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GRCC’s Vocal Ensemble performing masterworks of the Spanish Renaissance

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The GRCC Albert P. Smith Music Center located on Ransom Avenue (Photo Courtesy of GRCC Twitter).

By Allison Rahn

Grand Rapids Community College’s vocal ensemble will be putting on a performance Tuesday, Nov. 2. The theme of the performance will be the Spanish Renaissance style of music. The event will transport listeners into a different time of music while experiencing the renaissance era.

The group will be performing pieces by Spanish Renaissance master Tomás Luis de Victoria, along with other pieces by composers that influenced his work. The music is intended to invoke lots of emotion while giving off strong musical expression.

In Renaissance vocal music, it was common to focus on one feeling for an entire song, so each piece in our concert will focus on one overarching theme,” said Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Caleb Wenzel.

Wenzel noted how the attention to detail the renaissance style requires each individual singing to perform a solo of their own in co-ordinance with everyone else. 

“Everyone is expected to be a soloist while also being an ensemble member at the same time,” Wenzel said. 

Admission is free for those with a valid GRCC or Grand Rapids Public Schools ID. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for other students and senior citizens. 

The event will be held at the Albert P. Smith Music Center in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall located in room 200 and will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets and additional event information can be found here.