Performing Arts

MCC Downtown Live Concert Series Begins 2019-20 Season in October

The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center, 426 W. Western Ave., begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020.

Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.”Downtown Live Concert Series Logo

The Downtown Live featured musical groups are:

College Singers: The College’s full soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (SATB) chorus features MCC students and community members performing a wide variety of the choral repertoire. The Singers are under the Direction of Nicholas Palmer.

Collegiates: An audition-based select SATB vocal group, the Collegiates perform a wide range of musical genres from the 17th century to modern contemporary works for small vocal ensemble. The Collegiates are under the direction of Nicholas Palmer.

MCC Wind Ensemble: Conducted by Daniel M. Meyers and entering its ninth year, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of MCC students, both music majors and non-music majors, interested in preparing and performing advanced wind band literature.

MCC Jazz Ensemble: Comprised of MCC students, the Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary big-band jazz repertoire.

MCC Honors Orchestra: Conducted by Philip DeYoung, the Honors Orchestra is a symphony orchestra for MCC students, as well as advanced high school students, performing standard orchestral works of the symphony orchestra.

West Michigan WINDS: An adult community concert band celebrating its 41st anniversary this concert season, the WINDS has been affiliated with MCC since 1993. Music Director and Conductor Gail Brechting is in her 24th year leading the WINDS. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and in England, Ireland, Wales, Austria, and Germany.

Downtown Live Concert Series 2019-2020 Schedule

Oct. 4, 2019 – West Michigan Concert WINDS presents “A Celtic Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Center

Oct. 16, 2019 –   MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble present “Hope in Music” at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater

Nov. 3, 2019 – MCC Collegiates and College Singers will perform “Music Inspired by Hope” at 3 p.m. in the Beardsley Theater

Nov. 17, 2019 – MCC Honors Orchestra presents “Music of the Russian Composers” at 3 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater

Nov. 23, 2019 – West Michigan Concert WINDS present “Superheroes & Princesses” at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Center

Dec. 9, 2019 “All MCC Holiday Celebration” features the MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles, the Collegiates, The College Singers and small group performances by students and faculty at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater

Feb. 23, 2020“MCC Music Spectacular” features MCC winds, percussion, vocals and strings – from soloists to large ensembles at 3 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater

March 21, 2020 – West Michigan Concert WINDS will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Center

April 19, 2020 – MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater

April 19, 2020 – The MCC College Singers, Collegiates, and MCC Honors Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater.

Tickets are available on the Star Tickets website:

Frauenthal Center

The Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., in downtown Muskegon, will host all the Downtown Live Concert Series performances in 2019-20.

The MCC Center for Theater

The Center, which operates within the Arts and Humanities Department, provides theater classes for MCC students as well as a diversified schedule of performances. These include a season of plays produced by the College, an annual concert by the Overbrook Dance Theater, and touring productions of various kinds.All performances take place in the Overbrook Theater on the Muskegon Community College main campus, 221 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442.

2019-2020 Theater Calendar of Events

Muskegon Community College Center for Theater, which is celebrating the 50 years of performances at its Overbrook Theater, has announced its 2019-2020 schedule of theatrical productions which are centered on the theme “A Season of Hope.”

  • In celebration of the Golden Anniversary of Overbrook Theater, which officially opened in January 1969, a Mystery Dinner Theater, titled “Murder at the Gallery,” will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 28.
  • “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed on Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 24-27, in Overbrook Theater.
  • The Center for Theater will present “Once Upon a Time: Stories of the Season” Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 4-7, in Overbrook Theater.
  • “Cabaret: The Musical” will be performed in Overbrook Theater on Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 20-23, 2020.
  • “A Voice of My Own,” a celebration of Women in Literature, will take place on various dates during the months of March and April 2020. More details will follow.
  • CANCELLED: A tradition whose roots date back to the 1970s, “Dance Concert 30,” a celebration of Dance at MCC, originally scheduled for March 27-28, 2020.
  • “Studio on Stage,” highlighting the work by MCC performing arts students in theater and dance courses, celebrates its 25thanniversary on Thursday, April 23, in Overbrook Theater.

For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Muskegon Dance Movement


Muskegon Dance Movement is  the Muskegon Community College resident dance company under the artistic direction of MCC Dance Coordinator Melissa Brunsting. “I strive to make dance a part of the culture in our city, and center my choreography around that goal as much as possible,” explained Brunsting, who grew up in Western New York before earning a bachelor’s degree in dance from Hope College.