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Backstage at the Reif: Peter Rothstein

Backstage at the Reif Peter Rothstein, Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da Grand Rapids native, Peter Rothstein, founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis may feel more remembered locally for his association with [...]

Backstage at the Reif: Mary Jo Jess

Backstage at the Reif Center November 2017 By my estimation, this woman really needs no introduction. I’ve known her for as long as I can remember, and in my eyes she’s Grand Rapids royalty. We’ve [...]

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Backstage at the Reif: Katie Benes

Backstage at the Reif Center Katie Benes October 2017 Welcome back to a new season at the Reif! Last year in our Back Stage series, we introduced you to a handful of familiar faces from [...]

  • Roederick Cox conducting the Minnesota Orchestra

Program Notes: Minnesota Orchestra, Conductor Roederick Cox

Johannes Brahms Born: May 7, 1833, Hamburg, Germany Died: April 13, 1897, Vienna, Austria  Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80 Premiered: January 5, 1881 The Academic Festival Overture is, ironically enough, the work of a composer [...]

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Backstage at the Reif: Darrel & Katy Johnson

Backstage at the Reif Center Darrel & Katy Johnson May 2017 The beating heart of the Reif Center is the incredible performances that happen week after week. These performances wouldn’t be possible without our audiences! [...]

The Reif Center’s 2015-2016 Annual Report

We invite you to learn more about our organization by examining our 2015-2016 Annual Report. If you'd like to read the report in print, click the button below to view and print a pdf. or [...]

Backstage at the Reif with Sharon Marty

Backstage at the Reif Center Sharon Marty, Costumer for The Grand Rapids Players March 2017 Last month we chatted with Sarah Kowitz of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, one of our co-tenants at the [...]

Program Notes: Vienna Boys Choir, Conductor Oliver Stech

“Smile”     Part 1 William Boyce (1710 – 1779) Alleluja 3-part canon Arr. Gerald Wirth William Boyce was born in London, the son of a joiner. He became a choirboy at St. Paul’s Cathedral [...]

Backstage at the Reif Center: Interview with Sarah Kowitz

One of the goals for our recent renovation and expansion project was to realize the Reif Center as a regional hub for a diverse range of artistic activity. As part of that goal the Reif [...]

Backstage at the Reif Center: Interview with Myron Johnson

Continuing our investigation Backstage at the Reif Center, this month we sat down with Myron Johnson, one of our Co-Dance Directors at Reif Dance. Myron has been with Reif Dance since last January (2016), but [...]