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Academics & the Arts

Nielsen Concert Series 2016-17

The Nielsen Concert Series returns for the 2016-17 season with with evening concerts open to all and afternoon master classes and brief performances in various metro-area schools. Our mission is broader and more encompassing, with a goal of bringing the joy of serious music not just to Grand View students and the community but also to younger students who may carry that joy with them for a long time to come.

Concerts will be held in Grand View's new Student Center, in the Speed Lyceum, a space specifically designed for musical performances and named after Robert Speed, donor and long-time music professor at Grand View until his retirement in 1996.  Tickets are $20, to help defray the costs of the ensemble. (Faculty, staff and students attend free.)


Donations are appreciated.



Monday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.
Grand View University Student Center Speed Lyceum
2811 East 14th Street
Tickets $20 at the door; students $10 with ID
(Free to Grand View students, faculty and staff)

A little irreverent, a lot talented, Maniacal 4 is dedicated to creating musical performances that not only entertain and engage, but challenge the limits of traditional concert presentation. The lively, acclaimed trombone quartet not only rocks the standard repertoire, but also embraces a wide variety of music from around the world and across eras. M4’s clever, insightful arrangements of music ranging from pop/rock and jazz to classical masterpieces bring new life to familiar tunes, often with a tongue-in-cheek playfulness that belies the technical aplomb of the group’s four, highly-trained trombonists – Nick Laufer, Carl Lundgren, Alex Dubrov, and Matt Jefferson. The four musicians got together as freshmen at the University of North Texas. Since the group’s official launch in 2006 Maniacal 4 has performed at music festivals on three continents.