Category: 2017-18 Great Eras

Recap: Tasteful, elegant music fills St. Cecilia Music Center for Grand Rapids Symphony's Classical Concert

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - The Classical Era in Classical Music is a favorite for many music fans, including Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo Lehninger. What’s not to like? Music the Viennese masters is substantial and satisfying, but it’s also light and cheery. You can’t go wrong with Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart, especially not when it’s played by the Grand Rapids Symphony in St. Cecilia Music Center. It’s the right music played by the right... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 0 comments

GR Symphony violinist Eric Tanner is soloist for evening of Beethoven, Haydn & Mozart on Friday

In the late 18 th century, professional musicians typically were composers as well as performers, generally writing music for themselves to play. Even when they performed their own virtuoso works for soloist and orchestra, composers such as Mozart and Beethoven typically improvised solo cadenzas on the spot to show off their skills as both performer and composer. Today, concerto soloists almost always play a previously composed solo cadenza. Violinist Eric Tanner , however, will play... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 0 comments

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony's intimate chamber music is superb in St. Cecilia Music Center

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Forty-five musicians in all were on stage, never more than 27 at a time, but it hardly mattered. No soloist was in front of the Grand Rapids Symphony on Friday evening at St. Cecilia Music Center, though no one noticed. It was an uncommon concert, a little more chamber music, a little less orchestral, but the result was magnificent just the same under Music Director Marcelo Lehninger. Grand Rapids Symphony  returned the elegant splendor of Royce... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 0 comments

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