Bernstein's 100th

11/02/2018, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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Carl St. Clair Conductor | Benjamin Pasternak Piano | Celena Shafer Soprano

Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, pianist, author and lecturer was one of the most accomplished musicians in modern history. Whether composing for Broadway or for the concert hall, Bernstein’s iconic music is the perfect personification of urban American life in the post-World War II era. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth, guest conductor Carl St. Clair, music director of the Pacific Symphony for 28 years, leads the Grand Rapids Symphony in a sampling of Bernstein’s most popular music, most of it composed in the 1950s. American pianist Benjamin Pasternack is soloist for Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety,” and American coloratura soprano Celena Shafer takes the stage for highlights from West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti and Arias and Barcarolles.

The Grand Rapids Symphony Friends will be hosting a discussion of the book Famous Father Girl, written by Jamie Bernstein. This takes place on Thursday, November 1 at 3 pm at Schuler Books on 28th Street. We hope to see you there!

Click HERE to read program notes.
Join us for Talkback, a conversation featuring GRS musicians with casual and wide-ranging conversations related to the concert. This takes place from the stage immediately following the Friday evening concert.

Tune in to our concert rebroadcast on Blue Lake Public Radio on Sunday, March 24 at 1 pm.

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Individual tickets start at $18 |  Students $5

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Inside the Music, 7 PM - Free Preconcert Talks
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Series Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos  |  Guest Artist Sponsored by Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund
Beginning this season, new security measures will be in place. All patrons must pass through metal detectors upon entering the venue. All bags are subject to inspection. Bags larger than 14 x 14 x 6 inches will not be permitted.