Kent Philharmonic Orchestra's 'Ghoulfest' includes costume contest, ballet performance


Oct. 16, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra is serving up an evening of family-friendly, spooky fun with "Ghoulfest" on Oct. 19.

A costume contest -- with prizes -- for all ages kicks off the event at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Then the orchestra, made up of Grand Rapids Community College students and community musicians, will perform at 7:30 p.m. under the costumed direction of Libor Ondras, GRCC's director of orchestras.

Selections will include "Pirates of the Caribbean" with the Michigan Ballet Academy and two performances featuring the winners of the KPO Concerto Competition. Violinist Cameron Gouin will perform with the orchestra on Saint Saens' "Violin Concerto No. 3," and pianist Audrey Zhang will be featured during Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 2." 

"This is an opportunity to show off some of the best high school performing artists in the Grand Rapids area in a performance that's fun for the whole family," said Kevin Dobreff, GRCC's Music Department head and program director. "We're proud of our partnership with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, and this is a wonderful way to introduce younger students to classical music."

Admission is free for GRCC students who show their Raider Card! Tickets, available online, cost $12 for adults, and $6 for seniors, veterans and students from other schools.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.


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