04/20/2018, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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Ravel Bolero
Villa-Lobos Momoprecoce
Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Villa-Lobos Chôros No.10 Rasga o Coração (It Tears your Heart)

Marcelo Lehninger Conductor  | Nelson Freire Piano | Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Pearl Shangkuan, Director

Carnegie Hall is where Dvorak's "New World" Symphony No. 9 and Gershwin's Concerto in F were heard for the first time.

Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Stravinsky conducted concerts on its stage. Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, and Vladimir Horowitz made their American debuts in Carnegie Hall. Sergie Rachmanioff performed there nearly 100 times.

Twelve years ago, Grand Rapids Symphony made is Carnegie Hall debut, surrounded by nearly 1,000 fans who traveled to New York City just to hear their orchestra in one of the greatest concert halls in the world. Now, our dynamic, new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger will lead us there again. Won't you join us?

Carnegie Concertini - Join Us for a Post-Concert Reception in New York City!
All friends of the Grand Rapids Symphony attending the Carnegie Hall concert are invited to attend a post-concert reception, April 20, 10:00 pm at the JW Marriott Essex House New York Hotel, 160 Central Park S (W59th St), New York, NY 10019.  The reception is free, but registration is required. Please email Alison at by March 1.

About the Program:
The perfumes from the flowers of Spain’s famous Gardens of the Alhambra seem to waft from Manuel de Falla’s exotic piano concerto, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, performed for us this week by one of today's most renowned pianists. A lifelong friend of Marcelo Lehninger, Nelson Freire is a master virtuoso whose ease as a musical storyteller conceals one of the most formidable piano techniques of our time. The Brazilian pianist also joins the Grand Rapids Symphony for Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Momoprecoce, a fantasy for piano and orchestra, which evokes the world of children during the famous Carnival of Brazil season. Our superb Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, as well as our fabulous percussion section, will be heard in Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10, subtitled "Rasga o Coração” or (“It Tears Open the Heart”). In addition to the text of an ecstatic poem by the composer’s friend, Catulo da Paixão Cearense, it features hints of bird songs such as the call of the Azulão da mata, a rare bird of the Brazilian rain forest. The program begins with an encore performance of Bolero, Ravel’s most famous work and an audience favorite, which opened the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-18 season in September.

For those unable to attend our performance in New York, we encourage you to attend the Grand Rapids performances of this concert on April 13-14 at DeVos Performance Hall.


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