Category: Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus

The Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus creates new bonds

By Courtney Collar -  One week. Five days of school. Twenty-six and a half hours. Five concerts. Two rehearsals. One day off. This has been the life of the 115 Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus singers in mid-December due to the Grand Rapids Symphony's annual Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops concerts. Sophomore Katie Woods thrives on this schedule. “Holiday Pops was a long, hard, stressful week,” said Katie, who joined the chorus this year. “It’s... Read More
Posted by Guest Blogger at Wednesday, January 3, 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

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

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

Recap: Dramatic flair, theatrical twist and electrifying finales cap Grand Rapids Symphony’s season

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Dramatic flair, theatrical twist and electrifying finales cap Grand Rapids Symphony’s Classical season Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2015-16 season brought to town eight guest conductors and all of the excitement of its first search in the 21st century for a new music director. Surely, the Grand Rapids Symphony didn’t save the best for last. Or did they? Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, who is not a music director candidate, was on the podium to end the season with... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, May 14, 2016

Well-known 'Carmina Burana' closes Grand Rapids Symphony season with extravaganza for 200 performers

If you’ve never set foot in a concert hall, never heard a live, symphony orchestra performance, and have no clue who Carl Orff is, it’s still likely you’re familiar with some of his best work. If you’ve seen “Cheaper By the Dozen,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Excalibur,” or any number of TV commercials featuring a big chorus of singers chanting in Latin, accompanied by a full-scale orchestra with driving percussion, you’ve likely heard “O Fortuna,” the opening chorus of Carl Orff’s “Carmina... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, May 11, 2016

More than 300 musicians are part of Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Choral Celebration'

The greatest composers in the history of classical music all wrote music for religious services or using religious texts. T he Grand Rapids Symphony  left the concert hall and entered the cathedral for the opening concert of its 2015-16 Sacred Dimensions Series on Saturday, March 5.  “A Choral Celebration,” featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus and Junior Chorus all joined the orchestra in the Cathedral of St. Andrew... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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