Greg Jasperse

Gold Company will celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend with three performances in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University. Along for the festivities are GCII, a live band, and several starry alums associated with Gold Company, including singer/songwriter Matt Giraud (of American Idol fame), Hollywood vocalist Nayanna Holley, Grammy award-winning John Proulx and jazz recording artist Kate Reid, as well as past directors Duane Davis, Kellyann Nelson and April Arabian-Tiniwho.

Director Greg Jasperse recruited his friend, sound technician/artist manager Bryan Farina, to handle the sound engineering of the shows, returning him to a role he had filled as a WMU student. Jasperse, Farina, and Matt Giraud joined Cara Lieurance at WMUK to preview the concerts. 

WMU School of Music

On Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, five top vocal jazz soloists will reunite as MOSS for a concert that will also feature the Western Jazz Quartet, the University Jazz Orchestra, and Gold Company.

At WMUK, Theo Bleckmann, Lauren Kinhan, Jo Lawry, Peter Eldridge and Kate McGarry previewed their performance and revealed that their now-classic 2008 album, Moss, was based on three things: delicious home-cooked meals, self-knowledge as experienced artists, and a spirit of supportiveness.

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Brazilian guitarist, singer and composer Chico Pinheiro will perform his music with Gold Company, the Western Jazz Quartet, and the Western Jazz Orchestra  in the opening concert of the Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival, Friday at 8 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Pinheiro and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse preview the concert with Cara Lieurance. 

Gold Company and GCII, the acclaimed vocal jazz ensembles at Western Michigan University, will celebrate the kings and queens of pop, jazz, blues and rock and pay tribute to outgoing WMU president John Dunn in two performances Saturday at Miller Auditorium. Gold Company director Greg Jasperse and student producer Hannah Truckenbrod run down some of the highlights with Cara Lieurance.

The Battle Creek Symphony has invited Gold Company, Western Michigan University’s internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble, to join them in a holiday pops concert on Saturday at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek. Conductor Anne Harrigan says it's the first time in over 15 years the two groups have collaborated. Harrigan and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse preview the program with Cara Lieurance.