Symphony orchestra conductors, naturally, have their favorite soloists. A couple of Marcelo Lehninger’s favorites, who have appeared previously with him and the Grand Rapids Symphony , include violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Another is Brazilian pianist Sonia Goulart , who happens to be Lehninger’s mother. Not only is she a gifted pianist, Lehninger knows her so well, it’s easy for them to perform together.
“When I play with her, we...