15th Annual Friends of UCOM Benefit Concert

Sunday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm

Silent Auction at 6:00 pm

Plymouth UCC
4010 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508



Come celebrate with us Sunday, April 22nd at the 15th Annual Friends of UCOM Benefit Concert. The evening starts with our silent auction at 6:00 pm followed by the concert at 7:00 pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served after the concert. Join us as we celebrate and embrace the diversity of our community, our supporters, and our neighbors. This year's concert features music from acclaimed Jazz duo Edye Evans Hyde and Michael Hyde and American Pianist Mark De Zwaan as well as a performance by ArtPrize 9 finalist, spoken word artist Kyd Kane. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds from the event go directly to UCOM. Your donations support life-changing programs for our neighbors.


Edye Evans Hyde and Michael Hyde

Mark De Zwaan

Jazz musicians Edye Evans Hyde and Michael Hyde have been married and making music together for over 30 years. Performing has taken them from Michigan to California, Asia, and Europe playing with such notables as Ray Charles and Arturo Sandaval, Jennifer Holiday and Clay Aiken.  They have also performed locally with many groups such as the Grand Rapids Symphony and The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. Edye and Mike both currently teach classes at Hope College in Jazz and Contemporary Music.  Edye is the founder and president of local theater company Ebony Road Players. You can hear Edye and Mike on her most current album, Magic In His Eyes, available on CDBaby.com. Mark De Zwaan, American pianist from Grand Rapids, MI, first set his sights on the piano at 7 years old. After years of study with Philip Pletcher, he moved to Bloomington, IN in 2005 for collegiate studies at Indiana University with Karen Shaw. Mark has a passion for classical performance and is a regular participant in solo and chamber performances throughout the United States, including regular concert engagements as a member of the American Liszt Society. Mark was also previously featured on the Silvermine Artist Series in Norwalk, CT. He is privileged to have worked with other great artists, including Edmund Battersby, Frederic Chiu, Jon Nakamatsu, and Gary Graffman. Mark also specializes in audio production, jazz improvisation, music theory, and computer programming. He recently completed his Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

With Spoken Word Artist:

Kyd Kane

Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson is a writer, spoken word poet and performance activist native to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kyd Kane uses her poetry to highlight issues plaguing our community and provides positive options for overcoming them. Understanding that the systems behind our struggles are deep-rooted, Kyd speaks about using the power of self-acceptance and positivity to bring about change within. In 2017, Kyd Kane became the first vocal artist to be named as a finalist in ArtPrize 9. Currently, she can be found performing at events all over the country and at Creston Brewery every second and fourth Saturday as co-host of their open mic series, Creston Vibes: Open Sessions. 

You can also purchase tickets by calling UCOM at 616-241-4006.

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