Performing Arts

Downtown Live Concert Series LogoThe new Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center, 426 W. Western Ave., launches in October 2018 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert WINDS which are affiliated with MCC.

The 14-concert series, which includes two groups that have performed at Carnegie Hall in recent years, continues through May 2019.

“I am extremely excited to see the collaboration of college students and community members for this Downtown Live Concert series,” said Daniel M. Meyers, the MCC Director of Music. “Bringing quality music to downtown Muskegon to compliment the great performances already at the Frauenthal and more concert goers to downtown Muskegon to enjoy all the community has to offer are goals for us at MCC.”

“The concerts give audience goers the opportunity to hear a wide range of music, from traditional to contemporary, and to see college, semiprofessional and even professional musicians performing great literature in an amazing historic venue. Many of the concerts will also have special guests performing alone and with the MCC ensembles making for some truly memorable concerts.”

“The Downtown Live Concert Series is an exciting development in our long term relationships with MCC,” said Howard Meade, past president of the West Michigan Concert WINDS and President of the Shoreline Symphony. “Development of the series theme was a collaborative effort of MCC, the WINDS and the Shoreline Symphony facilitated by Fineline Creative. A grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County partially funded this effort.”

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.
  • Shoreline Symphony – An adult community symphonic orchestra, the Shoreline Symphony brings together volunteer amateur musicians and students from area colleges. The symphony was established in 2012 by founding music director, Annette Jurcevic, and by MCC. In 2017, Jurcevic won The American Prize in Orchestral Programming’s Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in the community division.
  • West Michigan WINDS – An adult community concert band celebrating its 40th anniversary this concert season, the WINDS has been affiliated with MCC since 1993. Music Director and Conductor Gail Brechting is in her 23rd 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 2018-19 Season Schedule
Oct. 24 – MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble focus on the AH fest theme of “Truth” with guests Truth in Jazz Orchestra @ 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 – West Michigan Concert WINDS present “Fall into Jazz III” @ 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 – MCC Collegiates and College Singers present “The Songs of Truth” @ 3 p.m.
Nov. 17 – Shoreline Symphony presents “Intriguing Instruments, Surprising Sounds” @ 7:30 p.m. Taking center stage this fall are instruments rarely seen or heard with an orchestra.  Soloists on the alphorn, marimba, mandolin, and theramin blend with the Shoreline Symphony to create unexpected and unforgettable sounds.  Going even further outside the box, Shoreline also makes music out of whistling, whale calls, radios, and even living room furniture
Nov. 18 – MCC Honors Orchestra presents a concert of music inspired by water, featuring music by Mendelssohn, new music by Nishimura, and of course, Handel @ 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 – West Michigan Concert WINDS present “A Cartoon Christmas” @ 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 – “All MCC Holiday Celebration” features instrumental and vocal ensembles and small group performances by students and faculty @ 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24West Michigan Concert WINDS present “Winners and WINDS” @ 4 p.m.
Feb. 27“MCC Music Spectacular” features MCC winds, percussion, vocals and strings – from soloists to large ensembles @ 7:30 p.m.
March 9Shoreline Symphony presents “Remix: old tunes, new grooves” @ 7:30 p.m.Music that is hundreds of years old is made new again in modern versions.  The Shoreline Symphony plays masterworks back to back with contemporary arrangements of the same pieces.  A fresh interpretation of beloved classics brings them outside the box and into the 21st century.
April 13MCC Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble with local rock band Whoopee Kat in a concert devoted to closing any gaps between traditional music and the rock music world @ 7:30 p.m.
April 14Muskegon Area Honors Orchestra presents “Out of This World,” featuring music by composers Mozart, Haydn, and John Williams @ 3 p.m.
May 11 – West Michigan Concert WINDS present “The WINDS Celebrate Gospel Music” @ 7:30 p.m.
May 19Shoreline Symphony presents “Remix: From Mozart to Williams” at 3 p.m.The concert is part of the Symphony’s “Out of the Box” series.
Downtown Live Tickets

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 2018-19.

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.

2018-19 Theater Schedule

George Orwell’s
Adapted by Ian Wooldridge
October 24 – 27, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 28, 2018 @ 3 p.m.

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality.  Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned – a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece has a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

MCC Improv Presents
November 28 – December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Music by Duncan Sheik
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
February 20 – 23, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2019 @ 3 p.m.

Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it. Set in late 19th century Germany, the musical merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction, Book, Score and Featured Actor.

Where classroom meets the stage!
April 25, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

For more information or tickets, call (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.

April 12 and April 13, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.