By Kaden Boock
The Grand Rapids Community College Music Department plans to provide an exciting and memorable night of guitar music this Thursday, with their first annual Guitar Night. This night of music will feature performances by the GRCC Guitar Ensemble, the GRCC Community Guitar Ensemble, the Grand Rapids Guitar Duo featuring Jonathan Marshall and Brian Morris, and solo performances including one from David Martin, a guitar professor at Hope College.
This is the first year this event is taking place, and plans are being made to continue in future years. Marshall, director of Guitar Studies, an assistant professor as well as one of the artists performing, described some of the inspiration behind this event.
“This will be the first annual GRCC music guitar night, and it’s under the umbrella of the GRCC international guitar series,” Marshall explained. “The international guitar series typically brings in some high dollar performers, but since the pandemic it’s been harder to get people into the concert halls, so I figured this would be a nice way to get more people in. More people are involved, more people show up right? So that was the idea there, so it will be a once a year annual event.”
Marshall also said that audience members can expect to hear a variety of guitar music, when encouraging students to get their tickets.
“First off, guitar is awesome, so everyone should just come because guitar is awesome,” Marshall said. “Secondly, you’re going to hear a variety of guitar music. You’re going to hear classical, modern, spanish, all different styles in this concert, and there will be refreshments after.”
The Guitar Night will be held this Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Albert P. Smith Music Center, Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall (Room 200). Tickets are $5 for students, seniors, and veterans, and $10 for adults. Tickets must be bought prior to attending the event, and there are 100 available so they can go quickly. You can purchase tickets here.