Category: Symphony Friends

Grand Rapids Symphony and Arbor Circle make the holidays a little brighter for homeless children in West Michigan

Coming home for the holidays can be hard for anyone who has lost a loved one in the last year. The Christmas season is even harder for those who have no home. The Grand Rapids Symphony opened its home in DeVos Hall to a group of homeless children invited to attend a recent performance of the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops . “The holidays are a really rough time for these kids,” said Dale Hovenkamp, partnership and collaboration specialist for the Grand Rapids... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Thursday, December 20, 2018

'Blandford Enchanted' fundraiser garners GRS Symphony Friends its second national award in a row

The Grand Rapids Symphony is the recipient of two recent awards for community service and outreach in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Symphony’s affiliate, Grand Rapids Symphony Friends has been awarded the Gold Book Award of Excellence from the League of American Orchestras for “Blandford Enchanted,” an event that transformed Blandford Nature Center into a Fairy Garden. It was the second consecutive Gold Book Award for Grand Rapids Symphony Friends, which formerly was... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony Friends’ ‘Well-Orchestrated Kitchens’ tour raises $17,000 for music education and other programs.

The kitchen is the most important room in the house. It’s meant for working and for relaxing. Inevitably, it’s where family and friends gather not only to cook and eat but also to talk and spend time together. Thanks to Symphony Friends , kitchens also were a place to see and be seen earlier in May. The all-volunteer affiliate of the Grand Rapids Symphony hosted “Well-Orchestrated Kitchens,” a tour of six fabulous kitchens in Grand Rapids, on May 5. ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Monday, May 21, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony Friends honored with Gold Book Award of Excellence from League of American Orchestras

Unusual entertainment, unique wares, a bouquet of aromas and a banquet of tastes greeted the neighborhood on the near southwest side of Grand Rapids, thanks to the Grand Rapids Symphony Friends . The Rumsey Street Bazaar , a three-day bazaar dubbed “Classics Remixed,” drew new fans for the Grand Rapids Symphony in the mostly Hispanic neighborhood of Grand Rapids. The event held last year in June 2016 was honored this summer by the League of American Orchestras with... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fairy Gardens are small, but they'll be hugely popular at Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Blandford Enchanted' show, June 2-4

Fairy Gardens, for as small as they are, are hugely popular. Grand Rapids Symphony sponsors “ Blandford Enchanted ” for Fairy Garden enthusiasts at Blandford Nature Center, Friday, June 2 through Sunday June 4. It’s the perfect place in Grand Rapids to spy mysterious woodland creatures of the forest at work. “You’re going to hear beautiful music and see beautiful things,” said spokeswoman Liz Schultz. Organized by Grand Rapids Symphony, some 35... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Unusual, unexpected sights and sounds come to Rumsey Street Bazaar on June 10-12

The Rumsey Street Bazaar , a marketplace of unique wares and unusual entertainment experiences, opens today in Grand Rapids with a bouquet of aromas and a banquet of tastes plus a David Bowie tribute and a fashion event of wearable art by New York designer Brad Callahan, aka BCalla . See outrageous fashions, hear live music and play games at the three-day bazaar dubbed “Classics Remixed,” organized by the Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee. Daytime events... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, June 10, 2016

"Brookby Enchanted" brings fun gardening trend to iconic Grand Rapids estate

Among the landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the John W. Blodgett Estate, also known as Brookby , which stands as a testament to Grand Rapids' own Gatsby-esque era. This coming June, the Grand Rapids Symphony Women's Committee will transform the grounds of the estate with an enchanting event centered around a fun gardening trend: fairy houses.  Over 25 fairy houses were created for this family friendly event. Guests can explore the gardens, view works... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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