Category: In the Community

Celebrate ‘Giving Tuesday,’ and double your impact on Grand Rapids Symphony’s music education programs and more, thanks to Wege Foundation

Grand Rapids Symphony musicians are everywhere. Not only on stage, but in classrooms, health care communities and unexpected places across West Michigan, sharing music that warms the heart, stirs the soul, and changes lives for the better. Emma Burns, a student at Central Montcalm Upper Elementary School who attended a Grand Rapids Symphony Fifth Grade concert earlier this year, saw her artwork projected above the orchestra during the program. She called it an “amazing... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 22, 2016

GVSU and GRS - Connecting with Community

The Grand Rapids Symphony shares the power of music in many different places and spaces across West Michigan, including our institutions of higher learning. Last September, three Grand Rapids Symphony musicians were commissioned to create an original composition inspired by the paintings of Mathias Alten. Grand Rapids Symphony musicians can regularly be heard performing at GVSU's Arts at Noon Series , as well as other unique venues around town. This year, immerse yourself in the music of... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony Performs at "The Nutcracker" This Week

Each year, two of Grand Rapids most well-known arts organizations join forces to present one of the holiday season's best-known artistic traditions: "The Nutcracker." The Grand Rapids Ballet's performance, re-imagined by "The Polar Express" author Chris Van Allsburg, features the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra performing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved score live.  This magnificent production features choreography by Val Caniparoli and the imaginative set design of Eugene Lee.... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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

Celebrate ArtPrize with the Grand Rapids Symphony

ArtPrize , the radically open international art competition, is underway in downtown Grand Rapids. Among the paintings, sculptures, murals and collages are inspiring performing art entries, including one commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony.  With " Mathias Alten Triptych " three Grand Rapids composers bring the works of painter Mathias Alten (1871-1938) to life. Mathias Alten lived and traveled around West Michigan, creating beautiful Impressionist scenes of Michigan life... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, September 25, 2015

Shakespeare and the Symphony

Many composers throughout history have been inspired by the works of Shakespeare. This 2015-16 season, the Grand Rapids Symphony invites audiences to also be inspired by the immortal plays of The Bard.  The concerts offer musical interpretations of three Shakespearean works, "Romeo & Juliet," "Much Ado About Nothing" and a "Midsummer Night's Dream" while presenting three concerts: " Romeo & Juliet " on September 18 & 19, " The Romantic Concert " on November 6, and "... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Interested in Guest Blogging for the Grand Rapids Symphony? Here's How...

Do you love to write? Do you want to share your enthusiasm for music? Would like to share your experiences as a concertgoer, volunteer, or student participating in one of the Grand Rapids Symphony's programs?  We are now accepting submissions for the Grand Rapids Symphony blog during the 2015-16 Season! We're looking for guests posts on a wide variety topics, from concert reviews and reflective essays on the importance of music education, to your perspective on the health benefits of... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, September 1, 2015

An Inside Look at the GRS Public Relations Internship

My name is Jessica Schneider and I am a student at Ferris State University. My major is Music Industry Management (a business degree that specializes in music) and a minor in Public Relations. I am an active member in the student organization, Music Industry Management Association or MIMA, and since April 2015 I have been the Social Media Director. As an organization, we put on small scale concerts to get hands-on, and real world experience to prepare us for the future. Previous students from... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GRS Horn Section Performs for Hope Lodge Cancer Patients

Music can be inspirational, encouraging and spiritual. It can also provide a comforting soundtrack for cancer patients and their loved ones.  On Monday, July 27 the Grand Rapids Symphony Horn Section presented a private performance at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Center. Peter and BJ Whigham, who are active volunteers at Hope Lodge and sponsor the Assistant Principal Horn chair occupied by Erich Peterson, arranged for the concert. A combination of residents and Hope Lodge... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Grand Rapids Symphony Travels to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for "A Little Night Music"

The D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops is in full swing, with new Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leading " Classical Fireworks " for the first time this week. Following "Classical Fireworks," Bob and orchestra musicians will travel northbound to Blue Lake Public Radio for " A Little Night Music " on Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.  This special concert has been an ongoing collaboration between Blue Lake Public Radio and the Symphony for over a decade. The concert will... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, July 10, 2015
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