Category: 2019-20 Classical

Grand Rapids Symphony renews Music Director Marcelo Lehninger's contract for 5 more years

Grand Rapids Symphony concert goers came to DeVos Performance Hall on Friday for an evening of music by Wagner and Stravinsky. But along with the music came the unexpected surprise announcement that Music Director Marcelo Lehninger will remain on the podium with the orchestra for years to come. The Grand Rapids Symphony has extended Lehninger’s contract with the orchestra for another five years through the 2025-26 season. Appointed Music Director in June 2016, Lehninger’s... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, October 26, 2019

Live music doesn't get much better than Tchaikovsky and the Grand Rapids Symphony

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - As a composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was, and is, without equal. He was a Russian nationalist as well as an internationalist. His music sets scenes that are descriptive and evocative. His melodies are lush, sweeping and memorable. Musicians admire his music. Audiences love it. The genius that was Tchaikovsky was on full display at the Grand Rapids Symphony on Friday, October 4, in DeVos Performance Hall. In part because the entire program was devoted to... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, October 5, 2019

Recap: Breathtaking Beethoven opens Grand Rapids Symphony's 2019-20 season

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - For 90 years, the Grand Rapids Symphony has welcomed some of the greatest musicians of the past century to town. Cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Janos Starker, pianists Van Cliburn, Emanuel Ax and Stephen Hough, and violinists Midori and Itzhak Perlman, the latter of whom returns to the Grand Rapids Symphony stage in November for the first time in 35 years. Each, in its own way, was a memorable event. But the opening of the Grand Rapids Symphony’ 90th... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, September 14, 2019

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