Grants help bring Canadian Brass to area

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:56 pm on Friday, February 08, 2013

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Area Community Center has received two contributions to bring one of the biggest performances the Greenville Performing Arts Center has ever hosted.

Because of the contributions to the community center, Canadian Brass will be coming to Greenville in September.

The Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) gave a grant in the amount of $12,000 to the center, which was accepted by the Greenville City Council Tuesday night.

Along with the MCACA grant, the Blanche Ash Foundation also contributed $15,000 toward the cost of the event.

“We are fortunate to receive this amount and are appreciative of the award,” said Greenville City Manger George Bosanic.

Greenville Community Center Director Kris Berry said the Canadian Brass is made up of five “unbelievable musicians” with international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles.

Canadian Brass has been nominated for three Grammys — receiving one Grammy in 2000.

“To our great fortune, the MCACA and the Blanche Ash Foundation are committed to bringing art and cultural programs into our community,” Berry said, noting the contributions “allows us to bring one of the biggest performances the Greenville Performing Arts Center has ever seen.”

Although the big show comes with a big price tag, it is an affordable cost to community members.

Most shows have people paying between $25 and $55 per ticket, however, the show in Greenville, which will take place Sept. 14, is only $15 per ticket.

“Blanche Ash was always a very strong supporter of the arts in Greenville and the Greenville Area Community Center,” Berry said. “We believe she would be very proud to support this event.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale at the community center in July.

“We are so blessed to have (resources) to bring cultural events to this community,” said Greenville Mayor John Hoppough.

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