2017-2018 Season:  Let the Rhythm Lead You
Presenting Our 14th Season of Great Professional Performances

We are excited to be starting our 14th season with the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. The 2017-2018 season will bring the rhythm with our professional series, which kicks off on October 30, 2017 and wraps up on March 21, 2018. With a lineup that includes world-class dance, fan-favorite music, internationally renowned singers, and a 50th Anniversary tour, you couldn’t ask for anything more.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, October 2nd to the four-show season package. You can get season tickets by calling 616-493-8966 or stop in to see us (and pick out your seats) at 600 Forest Hill Avenue SE. We are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Season ticket sales will close on Monday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m.

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!

Here are the performances in our 2017-18 season:

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama,
& The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Touring together for the first time, “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans” featuring Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Legacy Quintet, will treat audiences to a special evening filled with musical collaborations. More >

Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Tower of Power website.

For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music.Blending of soul, funk, jazz, and rock like no other band, Tower of Power has created their own unique genre, not easily fitting into traditionally defined categories. More >

Dublin Irish Dance: "Stepping Out"

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
See the Dublin Irish Dance promotional video.

Through favorite Irish melodies, traditional steps, and Celtic instrumentals, Dublin Irish Dance’s production of “Stepping Out” tells a story of the Irish Immigration to America after the Great Famine of the mid-1800’s. More >

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Visit Bruce Hornsby's website.

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. The singer/pianist/
composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. More >

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

Dublin Irish Dance
Season Subscriber Benefits
Become a Season Subscriber to Enjoy the Following Benefits:

• Best seats in the house

• The ability to renew or upgrade your seats each season

• The opportunity to purchase two additional tickets (while available) for each show prior to subscription sales to the public

• Five Year Club

• Lost ticket “insurance”

• Crowne Plaza is offering you a special discount for overnight accommodations to thank you for subscribing this year. Information will be sent with your season tickets.

• Special event presale

Bruce Hornsby
Season Ticket Renewals/New Orders
We Have Several Ways to Renew Your Subscription or Purchase Your New Ticket

Season Ticket Renewals: Now through October 30, 2017, 5 p.m.

New Season Ticket Orders: October 2, 2017, 9 a.m. through October 30, 2017, 5 p.m.

Subscriber Rates for the Four-Show Package

Area A (Sections 1-7): $176

Area B (Section 8): $160

Area C (Section 9): $146

Click/tap here to open seating diagrams and views to the stage.

Ways to Purchase Your 4-Show Season Tickets

• Call the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Box Office at 616.493.8966, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (credit card payment only)

• Stop by the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Box Office, 600 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (credit card, check, or cash payment)

• Download our order form, print it, fill it out, and fax it to the Box Office, 616.493.8969 (credit card payment only)

• Download our order form, print it, fill it out, and mail it along wth your payment to the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Attn. Box Office, 600 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (credit card payment and checks only). Please make checks payable to: FHPS Fine Arts Center.

Download the 2017-2018 Season Ticket Order Form, Season Brochure

Click/tap here to download our season ticket order form (PDF, 0.3 MB).

Click/tap here to download our season brochure (PDF, 5.3 MB).

2017-2018 Season Brochure
2017-2018 Season Sponsors



Join the Fine Arts Center Mailing List

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.

Fine Arts Center Mailing List   (Please include your name, mailing address, and your preferred email address.)

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)

Bobby Socks & Beehives
An Afternoon Concert Featuring Hits from the 1950s and 1960s

Date:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Tickets:  Adults and senior citizens $10 in advance (by Monday, October 23 at 4 p.m.), or $15 at the door (cash/check only on the day of show). Register in advance at enjoylearning.com or call Forest Hills Community Services at (616) 493-8950.

Join us for hits from the fifties and sixties from Debbie Reynolds, Ray Charles, the McGuire Sisters, Elvis, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, the Shirelles and more. Songs like “Sincerely,” ”Hey Paula,” ”Proud Mary,” ”Ring of Fire,” ”Crying,” ”Dream,” and many more will be performed by Mary Rademacher (vocals/ukulele), Tom Hagen (keys), Cherie Lynn (drums/vocals), and Brian Adams (vocals/guitar).

Be hip, not square, cool cats! Fire up, floor it, and gas it flat out to fat city, where everyone’s hanging out at the soda shop.

Tickets for adults and senior citizens are $10 in advance (by Monday, October 23 at 4 p.m.), or $15 at the door (cash/check only on the day of show). Register in advance at enjoylearning.com or call Forest Hills Community Services at (616) 493-8950.

Sponsored by Porter Hills


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 616.493.8965.