Category: Marcelo Lehninger

Recap: Music director Marcelo Lehninger works magic with Picnic Pops audience in Classical Fireworks concert

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - When Marcelo Lehninger appeared for the first time with the Grand Rapids Symphony two years ago, the highlight of that concert in February 2015 was a performance of Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony No. 9. For Lehninger’s debut at the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops on Saturday, Aug. 3, what better piece to play than the symphony that the Czech composer wrote in the United States and debuted for an American audience? After all, it... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, August 4, 2017

Fireworks and mariachi wrap up Grand Rapids Symphony's 2017 Picnic Pops with two one-night only special events

The Grand Rapids Symphony ’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, since its debut in 1995, has drawn more than half a million people to Cannonsburg Ski Area. The summer series’ latest fans include Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and his wife and children, who took in a Picnic Pops concert for the first time last month. “We had a wonderful time,” said Lehninger, who was in the audience for The Musical Legacy of Chicago featuring Brass... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Grand Rapids Pops will rock the hills of Cannonsburg at the 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

The Grand Rapids Pops will rock your world in more ways than one at the 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops. Three weeks of classic rock, including a brand-new show, Women Rock, with the music of Tina Turner, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and more, are part of the 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops season at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The music of ABBA, with songs such as Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia , and the music of Chicago, with songs including 25 or 6 to 4 and You’re... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony's final concert of season under Marcelo Lehninger is an adventurous look into the future

by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Imagine a day at an amusement park with wild rides, unusual sights, new experiences and surprises around every corner. That gives some insight into the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Classical series concerts “Pictures at an Exhibition” this weekend in DeVos Performance Hall. The park’s tour guide was music director Marcelo Lehninger. The special guest was violinist Stefan Jackiw, but the stalwart cast of colorful characters were the musicians... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, March 4, 2017

Why the Grand Rapids Symphony will return to Carnegie Hall in 2018

Grand Rapids Symphony in May 2005 traveled out of state for the first time in its history as a professional orchestra. When it did, it went straight to the top with an appearance in New York City’s Concert Hall. Nearly 13 years later, the Grand Rapids Symphony under new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger will return to one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world in April 2018. “All the important American orchestras and all the great international orchestras perform... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger will lead orchestra back to Carnegie Hall as part of 2017-18 season

When Marcelo Lehninger was appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, he made clear his intentions for the next five years. Grand Rapids Symphony would become an orchestra that not only plays great music for its audiences, it also would become an “important orchestra” in the world of classical music. Important orchestras, in addition to giving concerts, also tour, record and commission new works of music among other activities. Grand Rapids Symphony will... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Grand Rapids Art Museum displays art and artistry of Marcelo Lehninger in photographs by Andrew Terzes

Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo Lehninger is slowly becoming known in his future home of Grand Rapids. He returns to DeVos Performance Hall for concerts in the Richard and Helen Classical series in early February and in early March. But in the Grand Rapids Art Museum, a display of portraits of the Brazilian-born conductor opens next week. Grand Rapids photographer Andrew Terzes has captured the art and artistry of Lehninger in a selection of portraits on temporary... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger, with fire in his belly and a magic wand in his hand, makes debut as Music Director

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - A new era begins for the Grand Rapids Symphony . Marcelo Lehninger , the new Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, ascended the podium in DeVos Performance Hall for the first time to lead his orchestra. He descended to enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation. Not once, but twice. That’s not entirely a surprise. After all, it’s been 17 years since DeVos Hall saw the first appearance of a new Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director. ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, October 29, 2016

From 'Down Under' to downtown, Marcelo Lehninger makes his debut as Grand Rapids Symphony music director this week

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger makes his long-awaited debut as Grand Rapids Symphony’s music director this week. Appointed in June, the 37-year-old conductor returns to Grand Rapids, if not well-rested, then well-prepared. In September, he traveled to Australia for the first time in his career with another eminent Brazilian musician, pianist Nelson Freire. Together, the boys from Brazil appeared with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House and with the... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony says "Olá!" to new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger

As he prepared to conduct the Grand Rapids Symphony in a special performance for an audience of its biggest fans and supporters, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger noted that the dressing room provided him at Cascade Hills Country Club was known as the “Bride’s Room.” It proved to fit the occasion. “It feels a little like a wedding,” Lehninger said afterwards with a laugh. It wasn’t quite a wedding, but it definitely was a reception for more than 120... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, October 14, 2016
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