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Mathias Alten painting inspires cellist/composer to write new work for Grand Rapids Symphony

Mathias Alten arguably is the most important artist Grand Rapids ever has produced, and his work has inspired composer Jeremy Crosmer, not once, but twice. Alten, though born in Germany, came to Grand Rapids with his family in 1889 at age 17. Over the next 49 years, his body of more than 2,500 works was collected widely and exhibited in major galleries in the United States and abroad. By the time of his death in 1938 in Grand Rapids, he was referred to as the “dean of Michigan... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony's Charley Lea appointed principal trumpet

Grand Rapids Symphony’s new principal trumpeter isn’t new to the orchestra. In fact, Charley Lea Jr. last season celebrated his 25 th anniversary season as the orchestra’s  assistant principal trumpet. Lea becomes the Grand Rapids Symphony’s first, new principal trumpet in more than 40 years as well as the first principal player named since appointment of new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger in June. A native of Charlotte, Lea isn’t completely... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony says "Olá!" to new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger

As he prepared to conduct the Grand Rapids Symphony in a special performance for an audience of its biggest fans and supporters, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger noted that the dressing room provided him at Cascade Hills Country Club was known as the “Bride’s Room.” It proved to fit the occasion. “It feels a little like a wedding,” Lehninger said afterwards with a laugh. It wasn’t quite a wedding, but it definitely was a reception for more than 120... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, October 14, 2016

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awards $35,000 to Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony has received a $35,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for its 2016-17 season. The state agency has awarded more than $9.6 million for arts and culture across the Great Lake State for the 2017 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 and continues through Sept. 30, 2017. MCACA, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, has awarded money to 459 organizations, including music festivals, art centers, school districts,... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My summer with the Grand Rapids Symphony: Stories, songs and sunscreen

I’m Ben Cornillie, a senior at Grand Valley State University, majoring in Advertising/Public Relations, and I was the Public Relations intern with the Grand Rapids Symphony for the summer of 2016. From the start of my internship at the end of May through the beginning of August, I really enjoyed my time with the Symphony. I liked the laid-back but energetic attitude of the office and the symphony employees whom I got to know well over the course of the internship. During my time... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Monday, September 12, 2016

Remembering Linn Maxwell Keller: Concert artist, opera star, actress, festival organizer and more

Linn Maxwell Keller loved the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, as many people do. But she did more than listen. In a musical world often divided into those who make art and those who make art possible, Keller was adept at both. A singer and actress who graced stages from Grand Rapids to the grand opera houses of major European cities, Keller died on Saturday. Services will be held Monday, June 27, at 3:30 a.m. in First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Rapids.  See her full... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Monday, June 20, 2016

LiveArts 2015 - A look back at Grand Rapids Symphony's multi-genre, multimedia extravaganza

Grand Rapids Symphony’s LiveArts was the biggest, locally-produced show Grand Rapids had ever seen. In the Van Andel Arena on four stages, nine performing organizations with more than 1,500 performers joined together one year ago to celebrate community and artistic inspiration in a multi-media extravaganza the likes of which Grand Rapids had never before seen. LiveArts was the first time that the Grand Rapids Symphony , Broadway Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet and Opera Grand Rapids... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Completed $40 million Legacy of Excellence Campaign offers lasting legacy for Grand Rapids Symphony

The art of making art, as Stephen Sondheim observed in “Saturday in the Park with George,” is putting it together, bit by bit. Many notes make music, many musicians make an orchestra, and many performances make a concert season. Making all of that happen takes many dollars. The Grand Rapids Symphony has achieved a $40 million goal to build an endowment to help secure the orchestra’s financial well-being for years to come. The Legacy of Excellence Campaign, launched in 2012 with a $20... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, April 15, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony joins Opera Grand Rapids for rare 18th century opera in modern dress

Performing new music is an important part of the mission of any orchestra – even when the music is new because it’s old.   Grand Rapids Symphony joins Opera Grand Rapids this weekend to give the Midwest premiere of an opera that’s more than 240 year old. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice,” a ground-breaking work that would influence opera composers for the next 100 years, opens tonight in the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship at Grand Rapids Christian High School.  ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Thursday, April 7, 2016

Unprecedented 5-year contract paves way to Grand Rapids Symphony's 90th anniversary in 2019-20

An unprecedented 5-year-collective bargaining agreement that’ll carry the Grand Rapids Symphony through the rest of the decade and through its 90th anniversary season has been ratified.  The contract between the Grand Rapids Symphony Society and the musicians of the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians includes pay raises of 1 to 3 percent over the next five years and partially restores employer contributions to the musicians’ retirement plan, which were suspended in 2009 at the height... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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