Category: 2017-18 Season

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

The magic of Harry Potter returns to Grand Rapids Pops with 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,' Friday and Saturday

Last season, when the Grand Rapids Pops brought the Harry Potter Film Concert series to town, the Grand Rapids Symphony sold out three performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the musical score played live by the Grand Rapids Symphony. When Harry Potter battled talking spiders and giant snakes, dealt with a charming but inept Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and finally faced the memory of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , an... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 0 comments

Recap: Fun and good times with Holst’s ‘The Planets’ and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - It’s almost impossible to believe how old Gustav Holst’s The Planets is. The symphonic suite sounds fresh from the cinema and a killer opening weekend for the latest sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, the English composer began work on the seven-movement work in 1914 at the end of the horse-and-buggy era. The Planets only sounds like the soundtrack for a five-year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before because film composers have drawn... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 0 comments

Hear Grand Rapids Symphony play the music that inspired film music from 'Star Wars' to 'Star Trek'

When the words “Star Wars” first burst onto the movie screen to the sweeping accompaniment of a symphony orchestra in 1977, the first blockbuster film, with a soundtrack to match, was born. Composer John Williams would go on to become one of the most important film composers of modern times. One of the secrets to his success was how he drew inspiration from classical music. The driving rhythms of Williams’ Imperial Death March in Star Wars were inspired by Gustav... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 0 comments

Best songs, best singers come to Grand Rapids Pops stage for Blockbuster Broadway, Jan. 26-28

The great Broadway shows have staying power. If you see it once and fall in love with it, years later you’ll feel the same. That’s why shows such as The Phantom of the Opera , The Sound of Music and A Chorus Line return again and again. The same is true for singers and actors who bring the shows to life. When a show is revived, sometimes you see the same faces and hear the same voices again. Jessica Hendy was a young actress, fresh from college, when she joined the... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, January 23, 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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