Category: Carnegie Hall

Relive the Grand Rapids Symphony’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall with WOOD TV8’s special broadcast

Nearly 13 years after setting foot on the storied stage of Carnegie Hall for the first time, the Grand Rapids Symphony returned in April with an exciting evening of Brazilian and Spanish music. Music Director Marcelo Lehninger led the orchestra and Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus with special guest pianist Nelson Freire in music, some of which hasn’t been heard in Carnegie Hall since 1959. WOOD TV8 traveled to the Big Apple with the Grand Rapids Symphony and captured the highlights... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus sings for Hoda Kotb on NBC TV’s ‘Today Show’

The Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus made its Carnegie Hall debut last week with the Grand Rapids Symphony in New York City. Member of the chorus also made their debut on NBC-TV’s Today Show . Hours before appearing in the venerable auditorium with Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and the orchestra, members of the all-volunteer chorus rose early and trudged to NBC Studios where the show is broadcast, arriving at 6:30 in the morning on an unseasonably chilly morning. “I... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony Chorus, is primed and ready for its return to Carnegie Hall

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Nearly 13 years ago, the Grand Rapids Symphony traveled to New York City to make its Carnegie Hall debut, a major milestone in the history of the orchestra. Next week, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger leads the Grand Rapids Symphony plus the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus back to the Big Apple to make its debut on the international stage, another epic event in the 88-year history of the orchestra. Based on Friday’s exhilarating performance, the Grand... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, April 14, 2018

Join the Grand Rapids Symphony for its Carnegie Hall sendoff concert featuring Ravel's 'Bolero,' Friday and Saturday

The Grand Rapids Symphony is bound for the Big Apple next week. It’s not quite April in Paris, but April in New York City is the next best thing. That’s because New York City is one of the world’s most important centers for classical music, and Carnegie Hall is its mecca. But this week, you can hear the Grand Rapids Symphony perform its Carnegie Hall concert here in DeVos Performance Hall along with eminent Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire. Music Director Marcelo... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Join the Grand Rapids Symphony in Carnegie Hall when Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra back to the Big Apple in April.

When the Grand Rapids Symphony went to New York City’s Carnegie Hall more than 12 years ago, the orchestra not only brought its musicians, it also brought along much of its audience. Music Critic Bernard Holland couldn’t help but notice. His review in the New York Times began, "The Grand Rapids Symphony came to Carnegie Hall on Saturday night and brought a good part of the city with it." Not quite. But then-Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and his wife,... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony's Junior Youth Chorus makes successful, rewarding Carnegie Hall debut

The well-known joke about Carnegie Hall might not be as old as the hall itself, but it comes close. A visitor in New York City, walking along 57 th Street, sees a man getting out of a cab, carrying a musical instrument. He stops the musician and asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall.” Without missing a beat, the musician replies, “Practice, practice, practice.” That’s how the Grand Rapids Symphony Junior Youth Chorus got to Carnegie Hall, though... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why the Grand Rapids Symphony will return to Carnegie Hall in 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony in May 2005 traveled out of state for the first time in its history as a professional orchestra. When it did, it went straight to the top with an appearance in New York City’s Concert Hall. Nearly 13 years later, the Grand Rapids Symphony under new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger will return to one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world in April 2018. “All the important American orchestras and all the great international orchestras perform... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger will lead orchestra back to Carnegie Hall as part of 2017-18 season

When Marcelo Lehninger was appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, he made clear his intentions for the next five years. Grand Rapids Symphony would become an orchestra that not only plays great music for its audiences, it also would become an “important orchestra” in the world of classical music. Important orchestras, in addition to giving concerts, also tour, record and commission new works of music among other activities. Grand Rapids Symphony will... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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