The Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater at the BIC Center will be filled with great music next week.
Tuesday July 24 at 8 The Moxie Strings will be here. Hailed as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best- known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Alison Lynn performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana Ladio on a contemporary 5-string violin. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many countries, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching, mainstream melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. The band’s polished, high-energy show continues to redefine strings’ role in contemporary music, and offers audience members a diverse, fun, musical experience.
After The Moxie Strings, get set for two great performances that kick off the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival. First on Friday July 27th guitar virtuoso Mathew Cochran. Hailed for his “commanding stage presence and intimate expression” (Soundboard), Matt will also welcome soprano Martha Guth in a performance of songs by Enrique Granados. Then on Saturday the 28th, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association’s 1927 Mason & Hamlin grand piano will be in the house for Kevin Cole. Internationally renowned and Michigan-born, Kevin Cole makes his Beaver Island début with an evening of George Gershwin’s music. “Kevin is the best Gershwin pianist since George Gershwin himself. No one can touch him.” – Ed Jablonski, Gershwin Biographer. Both of the Baroque performances are fundraisers for the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, which brings you Baroque on Beaver. Receptions will follow both events with opportunities to meet the artists.
You won’t want to miss any of this great music performed in the grand acoustic space of the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater. Tickets for The Moxie Strings are available at the BIC Center Front desk or by calling 231-448-2022. Tickets for Mathew Cochran and Kevin Cole are available by visiting www.baroqueonbeaver.org or www.MyNorthTickets.com, or by calling (800) 836-0717.
What’s at the BIC Center?
Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center
The Ray & Ann Stanhope Visitor Center is a great place to get information, grab a snack, connect to Wi-Fi and kick off your island adventure. It’s also home to the island’s community radio station…our very own WVBI-The Voice of Beaver Island.
Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater
The Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater is the premier performance space on the island hosting music of all genres, dance, theater productions, movies, seminars and community meetings.
Carol’s Hang Out upstairs offers an informal gathering place for meetings, reading, pool, foosball, board games, video games, TV, using our community PCs and printer, and … just hanging out.
Coming to the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater
BIC Center Big Screen
The winter of 2017-18 was packed full of great movies at the BIC Center. Watch them sparkle by to the right. Anything you'd like to see again? Let us know. And let us know what you'd like to see this summer. We'll have movies at 3 and 7 Saturdays, at 7 on Tuesdays and at 3 and 7 on rainy days. Watch biccenter.org for the latest.
Music, Plays & More
The summer of 2017 was truly one to celebrate at the BIC Center--with plays, music from many genres (Classical, Jazz, Celtic, Folk and Country) informative presentations, the Summer Solstice Party, the 2017 Gala, Yoga, tech presentations, rainy day games, trail head information and more. We're planning a similar flurry of events for the summer of 2018.
BIC Center Big Screen
Summer 2017 was big for movies on the big screen at the BIC Center. We presented two movies every Saturday all year and started movie Tuesdays during the summer. Watch them sparkle by to the right. 2018 will be another great year for movies in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.
Plays, Robots & Ice
PABI's spring events included two productions in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Theater, a robot film festival and the classic Ice Classic.
Car #1 Was #1 Again!
The winning team of Diane McDonough, Andy Kohls, Eric Hodgson, Jeanne Gillespie and Kathy Speck has not only Rallied for over a decade, but in past years has organized this PABI annual rite-of-spring. Congratulations for winning the coveted trophy--and continuing a Beaver Island tradition!
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