Category: 2018-19 Coffee

Grand Rapids Symphony marks its 89th birthday on Jan. 11 with music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

A century ago, the growing city of Grand Rapids needed a symphony orchestra of its own. Several failed attempts were made to organize and sustain an orchestra. But in the final days of 1929, a newly organized Grand Rapids Symphony gave the community the gift of music for Christmas. Karl Wecker, who taught music at Grand Rapids Junior College, led the orchestra on Dec. 27 in music including Franz von Suppé’s “Poet and Peasant” Overture, the two movements of... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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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