Category: In the Community

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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

Grand Rapids Youth Symphony at Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts kicked off the summer June 5 - 6, complete with visual art, music and dance performances and delicious street food. The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony contributed to the cultural celebration with a performance on the Calder Stage. Grand Rapids Symphony Associate Conductor John Varineau led the orchestra as they played a Russian-themed program with Glinka's " Ruslan and Ludmilla ," " Berceuse and Finale " from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, and the Finale from... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Brookby Enchanted" brings fun gardening trend to iconic Grand Rapids estate

Among the landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the John W. Blodgett Estate, also known as Brookby , which stands as a testament to Grand Rapids' own Gatsby-esque era. This coming June, the Grand Rapids Symphony Women's Committee will transform the grounds of the estate with an enchanting event centered around a fun gardening trend: fairy houses.  Over 25 fairy houses were created for this family friendly event. Guests can explore the gardens, view works... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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