Next to commencement, the annual Musical Moods concert is the longest-running event at GRCC. A collage concert featuring all of the performing ensembles of the Music Department, Musical Moods was the brainchild of Albert Smith, longtime chair of the department. The first Musical Moods was held in 1948 and in its early years featured the band, orchestra and choir. Over the years, new groups have been added to the mix, including the Guitar Ensemble, the Jazz Orchestra, the Madrigal Singers, the Percussion Ensemble, Shades of Blue, the String Quartet, the Wind Ensemble, and student soloists, duets and ensembles.
Until 1956, the concert was held at the East Building gymnasium. It has bounced from venue to venue over the years due to the lack of a performing arts center at the college. Check out some of the past Musical Moods concerts.
- Friday, February 21
- 7:00 p.m.
- East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center- 2211 Lake Dr. SE 49506
- Admission: Adults $11.00; Students/Seniors $6.00
- All GRCC Students with current Raider Card ID- FREE/ All GRPS Students with current ID Card- FREE
For more GRCC history, see Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College, 1914-2014. Photos and text courtesy of GRCC Archives.
Check out Archivist/Librarian Mike Klawitter’s Display display – Display Magazine, that is! Published by GRCC since 1964, Display Magazine, a magazine of the arts, features contributions by GRCC students in literature and the visual arts. Display is available in GRCC’s Digital Archive, which Mike curates; you’ll want to take a look online!
Display Magazine is published twice a year by the English Department, and has since 1964. It showcases the work from the College’s “best and brightest student poets, fiction writers, prose writers, artists, photographers, and graphic designers.” In an effort to ensure that works of students can be shared more widely, this semester, College Archivist Mike Klawitter ramped up the project with the help of student Rhiannon Bower, who is scanning issues originally published in print. Klawitter ensures the scans are machine readable, indexed, and viewable in GRCC’s Digital Archive. Take a look at Display Magazine in GRCC’s Digital Archive.
The Grand Rapids Historical Society will host a presentation by Mike Klawitter and Walter Lockwood on “Open Door: The 100-Year History of Grand Rapids Junior College/Community College at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW. Free admission and free parking!
Their presentation will explore the college’s origins and its importance to the central city through the years. Included will be a look at the expansion of programs, enrollment and facilities; the challenges and successes GRCC has experienced; and some of the personalities involved.
To learn more, click here or visit the society’s Facebook page here.
GRCC’s 100th anniversary book, Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College 1914-2014, is now available for purchase via mail order, and at GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons Circulation Desk.
Open Door by Walter Lockwood
One hundred years of GRCC’s distinct history is presented in 10 full-color chapters, each highlighting significant events and people who contributed to the college’s inception, growth and success. An extensive timeline and sidebar story accents each chapter. Several appendices of boards, award recipients, program accreditation and full-time employees, along with a bibliography and index, complete this book.
The book was researched, written and produced by current and former employees. Author Walt Lockwood, a retired GRCC English professor, interviewed dozens of GRCC/GRJC retirees over the last year while conducting research with Mike Klawitter, GRCC reference librarian/archivist. Mike, who managed the project, also provided the archived images, timeline and half of the sidebar stories. As each chapter was completed, it was passed to Jan Ensing, GRCC graphic designer, who provided the layout and design. Mike and Jan each relied on their co-workers and colleagues from across campus to assist in bringing this huge undertaking to completion.
Copies of the book that are pre-signed by Walt are also available. The cost is $40, including tax; cash, check, credit cards and RaiderCard will be accepted for payment. Shipping & handling is additional per copy ordered online and mailed to Michigan (add $6.95) and other US addresses (add $9.95).