Category: History of Grand Rapids Symphony

A look at Grand Rapids Symphony’s music directors since 1973

Editor’s Note: This is the Part 2 of a two-part series. Since it was founded in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony has had 14 Music Directors in its history, hailing from nearly a dozen countries around the globe including Great Britain, France, Russia, Spain, Canada, Cuba, Belgium and Switzerland among others. Music Directors came to Grand Rapids from such posts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Canada and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A look at Grand Rapids Symphony's music directors through the years, 1930 to 1973

Editor’s Note: This is the Part 1 of a two-part series. Since it was founded in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony has had 14 Music Directors in its history, hailing from nearly a dozen countries around the globe including Great Britain, France, Russia, Spain, Canada, Cuba, Belgium and Switzerland among others. Music Directors came to Grand Rapids from such posts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Canada and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony's historic, 1997 performance of Mahler's 'Symphony of a Thousand' remembered 20 years later

Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” doesn’t really take 1,000 people to perform, but it does take a great many. Twenty years ago, when the Grand Rapids Symphony performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, more than 400 people were on stage. This spring is the 20 th anniversary of Grand Rapids Symphony’s first performance of Mahler’s musical “affirmation of faith.” Catherine Comet, GRS Music Director rom 1986 to 1997, led three... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, June 20, 2017

101-year-old, former Grand Rapids Symphony musician recalls her pioneering career in music

The United States was at war. In Europe and in the Pacific, more than 16 million Americans in uniform would join the war effort against Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. On the home front, women were called upon to take up new responsibilities. At home, the Grand Rapids Symphony  filled its empty chairs on stage with women such as Maxine Fuson. “A lot of women got chances because of the war and the boys were gone,” Fuson recalled.  “It was all men before... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, June 13, 2017

See the Grand Rapids Symphony 30 years ago in WGVU broadcast

The fall of 1985 was a busy time.  In September, the wreck of the RMS Titanic finally was discovered in the North Atlantic; Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds belted his 4,192nd major league hit to become baseball’s all-time hit leader; and the first Nintendo home video game console was released in the United States along with the debut of Super Mario Bros.  In October, the space shuttle Atlantis made its maiden flight into outer space, and the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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