Category: 2018-19 Season

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

Join the Grand Rapids Pops for 'Sinatra and Beyond' with Off-Broadway star Tony DeSare this weekend

Entertainer Tony DeSare got his first taste of the spotlight in high school when he was asked to do a few songs to fill time between performances of his middle school and high school orchestras. The self-described shy kid sat down at a piano and played Georgia on My Mind , Fly Me to the Moon and a few more songs. “By the time I was done, the whole place was standing on their feet,” he told The Daily Press in Hampton, Virginia, in January . “I was never the... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Save 50 percent off Christmas cheer with Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Before It Snows!' ticket sale

That annual holiday headache is just around the corner. “What do I get for (fill in the blank) for Christmas?” Don’t just buy stuff. Stuff you have to store. Stuff she’ll have to dust. Stuff he’ll probably return anyway for store credit. Instead, give the gift of experiences, where nothing’s sold separately, no assembly is required, and it doesn’t matter whether batteries are included because you won’t need any. Give someone you... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Enjoy 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' with live Grand Rapids Pops performance celebrating the film's 25th anniversary

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas flick or a Halloween film? Is the film by Tim Burton meant to be seen in October or December? Who cares? For it is plain, as anyone can see, it’s simply meant to be. This, fall you’ll want to pick October and the Grand Rapids Pops’ performance of A Nightmare Before Christmas , the full-length film plus live music performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony in DeVos Performance Hall. Should you see it? Say it once,... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony takes audience from Bach to beyond in 2018-19 Great Eras opener at St. Cecilia Music Center

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach needs no reason, justification or explanation. You need not wait for a particular season, a special event or an anniversary date. Bach is the man. You hear a lot of Bach in the cathedral. Not so much in the concert hall. Sadly, Bach flourished and died well before the modern symphony orchestra came into its own. One wonders what he might have composed for the orchestras that Beethoven and Brahms had at their disposal.... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, October 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony's Great Eras Series opens with 'Bach and Beyond' on Oct. 12-13

Johann Sebastian Bach, of all the great composers of classical music, reigns supreme. Yet the composer that Beethoven called “the immortal god of harmony” had his favorite composers as well. When Bach happened upon a Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by an Italian composer named Alessandro Marcello, he was intrigued enough to arrange it for himself for solo keyboard. Bach, of course, isn’t available to play his version. But the Grand Rapids Symphony does have principal... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, October 9, 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

Free concerts! See the Grand Rapids Symphony's four ArtPrize entries Friday and Saturday at The Morton

In Grand Rapids, ArtPrize is one of the biggest cultural events of the year, bringing artists from all over the world to West Michigan to participate in the $500,000 competition. Grand Rapids Symphony has entered the 10th annual exhibition and competition in a big way, sponsoring not one or two, but four musical entries in ArtPrize 2018 . Grand Rapids Symphony will give live performance of music by four emerging composers on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 at The Morton in... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, September 25, 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
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