Category: Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus

Grand Rapids Symphony, Chorus and soloists give inspiring performance of Mozart's 'Great' Mass in C minor

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote most of his music to advance his career. He composed his Mass in C minor to build relationships. The composer who had recently married wrote his Mass in C minor showcase his wife as a singer and to mend fences with his father, who did not approve of the match. It seems not to have worked. But what didn’t work in 18 th century Salzburg definitely did work in 21 st century Grand Rapids. Music Director Marcelo Lehninger led... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, November 17, 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus performs music by Schubert, Ives and Mozart that's 'unfinished, unanswered and incomplete,' Nov. 16-17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart surely must have been in love with his wife. There’s little doubt he was afraid of his father. One of the greatest prodigies in the history of music, Mozart spent his childhood traveling across Europe, performing for Kings and Queens and their highborn friends. As he became an adult, he grew tired of his domineering father, slipped out of Salzburg, and headed for Vienna, determined to make a living as a freelance performer and composer. He married a young... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 13, 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’s Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops is cheery, holiday fun for everyone

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Outside it was cold, snowing and beginning to feel a lot like winter. But inside it was warm, the halls were decked, the music was cheery, and it definitely was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. That’s because the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops filled the air with favorite Christmas carols, popular holiday tunes, music from movies, music from ballet, and much more for its opening concert on Thursday, Dec. 14. The... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, December 15, 2017

Come home for the holidays with Grand Rapids Symphony's Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

If you love Christmas, you love Christmas carols, sung by a choir. Join the Grand Rapids Pops for its Wolverine World Wide Holiday Pops, and you get to hear not one but two choirs sing Christmas music. What’s more, you get to sing along too. The Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops , a West Michigan holiday tradition, returns for five concerts opening this Thursday in DeVos Performance Hall. Five shows through Sunday, Dec. 17, draw entire families from children to parents,... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus celebrates 10th season of music making

The Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus has never been busier. The Grand Rapids Symphony, the largest performing arts organization in West Michigan and the second largest in the Great Lake States, gives thanks this season for the 224 young singers in the choral organization led by Sean Ivory and Jackie Sonderfan Schoon. Celebrating its 10 th anniversary this season, the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus performs four times this November and December, twice with the Grand Rapids... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Recap: Marcelo Lehninger leads Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus in glorious performance of Verdi's Requiem

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Giuseppe Verdi wrote his Messa da Requiem in memory of a great man. As fate would have it, the Grand Rapids Symphony used it to bid farewell to a great woman on Friday. Philanthropist and arts lover Helen DeVos, who died in October , more than any single person, made the Grand Rapids Symphony what it is today. “I think it is safe to say that in the modern history of the Grand Rapids Symphony, no one has had a more profound effect on this orchestra... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, November 18, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony’s cast of 275 musicians and more performs monumental Verdi’s Requiem, Nov. 17-18

You’ll find Giuseppe Verdi at the top of any list of all-time greatest opera composers. One of the best operas ever written by the composer Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aida usually is performed in a concert hall, though it calls for no costumes, make up or sets. Verdi’s Requiem, at first glance, seems like it was meant for the church. But his setting of Mass for the Dead according to the Roman Catholic Church is drama at its best. The musical tour de force includes some of... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Experience 'Beethoven & Bernstein' together with your Grand Rapids Symphony on April 21-22 in DeVos Hall

The Cold War finally was nearing an end. In 1989, after decades of oppression, the Berlin Wall cracked open and thousands of East Germans poured through the opening from communist-dominated East German into the West. In December, Leonard Bernstein, 71 years old and in failing health, traveled to Berlin to conduct a historic performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In 10 months, the American conductor and composer would die of cancer. But not before conducting an international... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recap: 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival ends joyfully with a standing-room only performance

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Hard as it is to believe, Johann Sebastian Bach’s children thought him to be something of an old fuddy duddy. Toward the end of his life, Bach’s four sons who had achieved success as professional musicians sometimes looked askance at their aging father’s work. Music of the middle 18 th century was moving toward simpler melodies, lighter harmonies and simpler forms, paving the way for the Classical era of Haydn and Mozart. Yet Old Bach... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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