Category: 2018-19 Classical

Grand Rapids Symphony, Chorus and soloists give inspiring performance of Mozart's 'Great' Mass in C minor

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote most of his music to advance his career. He composed his Mass in C minor to build relationships. The composer who had recently married wrote his Mass in C minor showcase his wife as a singer and to mend fences with his father, who did not approve of the match. It seems not to have worked. But what didn’t work in 18 th century Salzburg definitely did work in 21 st century Grand Rapids. Music Director Marcelo Lehninger led... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, November 17, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus performs music by Schubert, Ives and Mozart that's 'unfinished, unanswered and incomplete,' Nov. 16-17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart surely must have been in love with his wife. There’s little doubt he was afraid of his father. One of the greatest prodigies in the history of music, Mozart spent his childhood traveling across Europe, performing for Kings and Queens and their highborn friends. As he became an adult, he grew tired of his domineering father, slipped out of Salzburg, and headed for Vienna, determined to make a living as a freelance performer and composer. He married a young... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony musicians remember magic of performing under Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein lived the life of a classical musician to its absolute fullest. The pianist, conductor, recording artist and larger-than-life personality inspired generations of musicians including several Grand Rapids Symphony Musicians. Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates his life and music with an all-Bernstein salute, Bernstein’s 100 th , on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, in DeVos Performance Hall. Guest conductor Carl St. Clair , music director of the Pacific... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Recap: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Grand Rapids Symphony, deliver one of the greatest nights of music ever heard in DeVos Performance Hall

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - DeVos Performance Hall, since it opened in 1980s, has seen many great performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony . Friday’s concert featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet under Music Director Marcelo Lehninger surely will go down in history as one of its very best. Thibaudet, Lehninger and the Grand Rapids Symphony – plus a musical saw – together conquered Aram Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, a crowd pleasing, folk-flavored work that’s... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, October 6, 2018

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, one of world's best-known, best dressed pianists, joins Grand Rapids Symphony, Oct. 5-6

One of the world’s most famous pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet ’s concert seasons are filled with appearances with important orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and collaborations with such major artists as Renee Fleming and Sarah Chang. The French-born pianist has been a soloist on many film soundtracks such as the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly. Thibaudet also is one of world’s best-dressed concert artists, thanks to the couture of ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony says farewell to Rich DeVos and opens season with bold, beautiful music by Bernstein, Barber and Beethoven

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - The Grand Rapids Symphony would not be the orchestra it is today were it not for Rich and Helen DeVos. Forty-five years ago, the DeVoses funded the first five full-time musicians in the Grand Rapids Symphony – two violins, a viola, a cello and a double bass – for a mere $40,000. It was the beginning of the transformation of the Grand Rapids Symphony from a community orchestra to a professional ensemble. A few years later, they were major... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, September 15, 2018

Violinist Karen Gomyo and her Stradivarius violin open Grand Rapids Symphony 2018-19 season

Classically trained musicians have a close, intimate relationship with their musical instruments. They have to. When violinist Karen Gomyo first was introduced to her Stradivarius violin, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. But it was close. “I’m incredibly attached to it,” she told San Francisco Classical Voice prior to a performance in 2012. Gomyo performs on a Stradivarius violin titled the “Aurora, exFoulis,” which was built in 1703. When... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Plenty of great music coming to Grand Rapids Symphony's stage in 2018-19

At the climax of the 2010 film “The King’s Speech,” King George VI overcomes the stutter he’s had since childhood to announce that Great Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. As Colin Firth, who portrays King George, addresses the British people throughout the world, the gravitas of the moment is supplied by music from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in the film that won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Grand Rapids Symphony performs Beethoven’s Symphony... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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