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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

Movie Magic: Grand Rapids Symphony performs a Disney classic 'Fantasia'

The Grand Rapids Symphony brings back a classic this month in its presentation of Disney's "Fantasia." The symphony will perform the music as selections from both the 1940 original "Fantasia" and the Disney "Fantasia 2000" are presented on the big screen Nov. 13 – 15 at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Since its debut in 1940, "Fantasia" has become a film you either love – in 2008 it was ranked no. 5 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the animation... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Shakespeare's tales inspire exciting Grand Rapids Symphony season opener

The show must go on and so it did. The Grand Rapids Symphony is without a music director for the first time in the 21st century.  Several key chairs in the ensemble are vacant, and its musicians are continuing to work under a contract that expired on Sept. 1. But when the downbeat comes, all is forgotten, at least for a while. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted September 19, 2015 To read the full article, click  here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: Five for Fighting serves slice of life, slice of 'American Pie' for Picnic Pops

Five for Fighting is fronted by a clever guy. John Ondrasik came to town with his hit songs including "Superman" and "100 Years" to play for the Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops. But the alternative-rock, piano-playing, singer-songwriter came with a little something extra up his sleeve. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted July 31, 2015 To read the full article, click  here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: A little Neil Diamond love opens Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops

Neil Diamond is an icon of American pop music. He's sold some 125 million albums worldwide. On the Billboard adult contemporary charts, only Elton John and Barbra Streisand have charted more. Diamond, who was in Van Andel Arena seven years ago next month, wasn't in Grand Rapids on Thursday. But Super Diamond was with the Grand Rapids Symphony for the opening of the 2015 Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted July 10, 2015 To read the full article, click ... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, July 10, 2015

Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops Summer Series Features Piano Men

The Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops concert series, an annual summer tradition at the Cannonsburg Ski Area, might well be called "Piano Pops" this year. Not only will one concert offer a tribute to the "Piano Men" – with a guest artist playing the classic rock songs of Elton John and Billy Joel – but another will feature the orchestra accompanying Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik playing his more contemporary pop piano hits. By: K.D. Norris Posted June 29, 2015 To read the full... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Grand Rapids Symphony took New York City's Carnegie Hall by storm 10 years ago

Ten years ago the Grand Rapids Symphony took New York City by storm. The Grand Rapids Symphony topped off its 75th anniversary season in 2005 with a Saturday evening performance in New York City's Carnegie Hall 10 years ago this weekend. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted May 23, 2015 To read the full article, click  here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Grand Rapids Symphony to perform with Spring Lake students at special concert

A handful of lucky students will have the rare opportunity to perform with some of West Michigan's finest musicians at an upcoming concert. By: Brandon Champion  Published May 17, 2015 To read the full article, click here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thunderous applause bids farewell to Grand Rapids Symphony's David Lockington

Grand Rapids Symphony's David Lockington's 16 seasons as music director, the longest tenure in the 85-year history of the orchestra, has come to an end. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted May 10, 2015 To read the full article, click  here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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