2016-2017 Season:  Something for Everyone
Thank You for Another Great Season of Professional Performances

We have concluded our 13th season with the outstanding performance provided by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, and now, we look forward with anticipation for our next season! The 2017-18 season will be announced this summer.

The 2016-2017 season featured “Something For Everyone,” with our professional series, which kicked off on October 20, 2016 and wrapped-up on March 22, 2017. With a line-up that included world-class illusionists, fan-favorite music, internationally renowned singers, and award-winning acrobatics/theatrics, you couldn’t have asked for anything more.

As always, we want to thank our season partners, sponsors, advertisers, community members, families, students, staff, volunteers, and arts patrons that have continued to support us throughout the years. We couldn’t do it without you!

To recap, here are the performances that dazzled on our stage in 2016-17:

Masters of Illusion
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
See the Masters of Illusion performance photos.

Believe the impossible! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and beautiful dancers, all rolled up into a live show. More >

Christopher Cross
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
See the Christopher Cross performance photos.

Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including—for the first time ever— Record of the Year (for the single "Sailing"), Album of the Year, Song of the Year ("Sailing"), and Best New Artist. More >

The Five Irish Tenors

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit The Five Irish Tenors' webpage.

Following in the footsteps of the great Irish Tenor John McCormack, in a sensational program, "The Five Irish Tenors" fuses Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. More >   

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Golden Dragon Acrobats' website.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Their award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques More >

The Fine Arts Center's Professional Season is funded through season ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisers.

Golden Dragon Acrobats
Season Subscriber Benefits
Next Season, Become a Season Subscriber to Enjoy the Following Benefits:

• The opportunity to purchase your tickets early

• Subscribers enjoy the same great seats for all four shows

• The opportunity to purchase up to two additional single tickets per show

• Five Year Club

• Lost ticket “insurance”

• A special discount on overnight accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids

• And additional giveaways and opportunities in the 2016-2017 performance season

2016-2017 Season Sponsors





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Get printed information about upcoming performances, exhibits, and events at the Center. You will receive a copy of our season brochure every July as well postcards throughout the year about upcoming art exhibits. You also may receive emails about events at the center, unless you choose to receive printed materials only.

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Video Tour of the Fine Arts Center

Take the 5-minute video tour of the Fine Arts Center to see this amazing facility inside and out. You will need Quicktime media player software installed on your computer to view the movie, and many computers already have this software installed. If your computer needs this media player, click on the Quicktime icon below to download and install the appropriate software. The larger file sizes below offer the best viewing experience and each could take several minutes to download, depending on your Internet connection speed.

Small Size Movie for Slower Speed Connections (4 MB)

Medium Size Movie for Moderate Speed Connections (12 MB)

Large Size Movie for Fast Connections (58 MB)

Healthy Living Lecture Series 2017
Community Services' Health Event for Seniors, Their Families, and Friends

Date:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Admission:  It's all FREE!

Area senior citizens and their friends and families are invited to attend Forest Hills Community Services' free yearly event focusing on senior health. Plan on spending the afternoon to enjoy informative lectures by Mercy Health medical professionals, numerous exhibitor booths, health screenings and services, door prize drawings, and free healthy refreshments. You'll have a great time at this popular event where your health and wellness take center stage!

Keynote:  Shelley Irwin, WGVU Host and Producer
Shelley hosts and produces The WGVU Morning Show as well as hosts two PBS community affairs programs. She has been honored with five consecutive AWRT Gracie Allen Awards for her work. Her keynote address is titled, "Aging Gracefully," and it will be presented at 1 p.m.

The Lectures
Professionals from Mercy Health will present three 30-minute presentations with 15 minutes for questions and answers.

• The Importance of Brain Health, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Philip B. Gorelick, MD
Medical Director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience

• Palliative and Supportive Care, 2:30 p.m.
Presented by Rafael Bloise, MD
Medical Director, Mercy Health Palliative & Supportive Care

• Signs and Symptoms of Vascular Disease, 3:30 p.m.
Presented by John (Jack) Morris, DO, FACOS, RPVI
Vascular Surgeon, Mercy Health Heart & Vascular

Stay the Afternoon
Besides the lectures, there is a lot to see and experience:

• Exhibitor booths and health screenings provided by local businesses and organizations.

• Door prizes include $400 in gift cards from Forest Hills Foods and Fuel; $500 in VISA gift cards from Lake Michigan Credit Union; and $400 in gift cards from Design 1 Salon Spa. You do not need to be present to win.

• Healthy snacks along with bottled water to drink.

Healthy Living Lecture Series sponsored by:  Mercy Health


Theater Seating Diagrams

Click the links below to view a detailed seating diagrams for reference in choosing seats for Fine Arts Center performances. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print this document. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader if you need it.

Orchestra, Parterre Seating Diagram   (PDF file, 384KB)

Mezzanine Seating Diagram   (PDF file, 316KB)

Balcony, Box, and Loge Seating Diagram   (PDF file, 768KB)

Seating Views

Roll over the seating sections (1-9) below and see the corresponding view of the stage.

Event Sponsorship

The Fine Arts Center staff can assist you in creating a sponsorship package unique to your company at an affordable cost. For more information, please contact Meg George at mgeorge@fhps.net or call her at 616.493.8965.