Category: Celebration of Soul

Grand Rapids Symphony salutes songs of Ella Fitzgerald at 17th 'Symphony with Soul' show

The songs of Ella Fitzgerald are timeless. Songs such as S’Wonderful are everlasting, not only because they’re shining examples of the Great American Songbook, but also because they were performed and recorded by Ella Fitzgerald. The same can be said for Symphony with Soul, Grand Rapids Symphony’s enduring concert of American music celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion in its community. “We have challenged ourselves to ask, as well as to answer the... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony’s Mosaic Scholars, with Creative Connections, find their voice

Instrument cases and winter coasts were pushed up against the wall, and black chairs were arranged in a circle. On a cold, gray Saturday morning, 17 Grand Rapids Symphony Mosaic Scholars held their instruments – woodwinds, strings, and horns – and sat in a large circle inside a recital hall at DeVos Performance Hall. After each Scholar played the opening seven-note sequence from Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss,” as performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Miles... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

GVSU music majors work with Grand Rapids Symphony’s Mosaic Scholars to compose and perform original music

Music students from Grand Valley State University recently helped 20 local high school students compose and perform music through an internship with the Grand Rapids Symphony . Four Grand Valley students spent February 13-18 working with leaders from Creative Connections , an international non-profit cultural education organization, to help the symphony's Mosaic Scholars compose, rehearse and perform original pieces of music. The Mosaic Scholarship is a program offered by the... Read More
at Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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