Category: Great Eras

Grand Rapids Symphony plays Baroque-era music of 'Charlie's Angels' in Grand Rapids and Holland

It’s good to be the king, Charles II of England must have thought over and over. It wasn’t so good for his father in 17 th century England. King Charles I was deposed and beheaded and Oliver Cromwell took power as Lord Protector until Cromwell’s death ended the military dictatorship, and Parliament restored the monarchy. But with the coronation of King Charles II, one of the most popular and beloved kings in English history, music returned to court life, theaters... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Recap: Music Director Marcelo Lehninger makes momentous debut with Grand Rapids Symphony in St. Cecilia Music Center.

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - A new artistic leader’s arrival in a new home is a series of firsts. There’s the first announcement, first public appearance, first performance and on it goes. Friday’s first was Music Director Marcelo Lehninger’s debut in St. Cecilia Music Center, home of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Great Eras Series and Coffee Classics Series. It was no less exciting than the rest of the Brazilian-born conductor’s firsts ever since he... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hear Grand Rapids Symphony's 2015-16 season on Blue Lake Public Radio

If you’re a fan of classical music but you don’t get out as much as you’d like, there may be Grand Rapids Symphony concerts you wish you had been at.  Thanks to Blue Lake Public Radio, you have a second chance to hear your Grand Rapids Symphony.  Enjoy concerts all in the comfort of your home on Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. Broadcasts begin on March 6 and continue through the end of May. Go online to listen to Blue Lake Public Radio here . Blue Lake Public Radio... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Sunday, March 6, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony unveils 2016-17 season

Music has the extraordinary power to transform lives, touch hearts and change the world around us. Jazz was born in America, but songwriter George Gershwin was first to bring it to the concert hall. His Rhapsody in Blue , an overnight sensation at its premiere in 1924, drew worldwide attention to America’s emerging art form. Pianist Joyce Yang A decade later, Russian-born Sergei Rachmaninoff, now living in the United States, wrote his final piece for piano and orchestra. Years... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Legacy of Collaboration: Grand Rapids Symphony and St. Cecilia Music Center

The St. Cecilia Music Center and the Grand Rapids Symphony are partnering during their 2015-2016 season to bridge connections among a mutual audience and to share their 86-year collaborative history with classical music lovers. Both organizations will share value with their loyal supports by offering discounts to their respective series, the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series concerts. This partnership encourages fans of each organization to... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Thursday, October 29, 2015

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