Category: Music Director Search

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Q&A with Music Director Candidate Carlos Izcaray

Guest conductor Carlos Izcaray makes his Grand Rapids Symphony debut on Feb. 19-20 to lead your Grand Rapids Symphony in music touching three centuries and three traditions.  Now in his first season as music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Izcaray is a candidate to become the next music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony.  Mezzo Soprano Katherine Pracht The Venezuelan-born conductor leads your Grand Rapids Symphony in Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No 3 and... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Q&A with Music Director Candidate Mei-Ann Chen

Music director candidate Mei-Ann Chen returns to DeVos Performance Hall to lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in Dvořák’s Seventh on January 29-30. The dynamic music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra made her debut here in March 2014 to lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in Aaron Copland’s “El Salon Mexico” and William Bolcom’s “Games and Challenges,” featuring the eclectic string trio, Time for Three.  The Taiwanese-born conductor explains why Antonín Dvořák is her favorite composer... Read More
Posted by Corey Holcomb at Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Q&A with Music Director Candidate Jacomo Bairos

In addition to being a conductor, you are also a tubist—a unique instrument for a conductor! What drew you to the tuba and what do you love about the instrument? On the very first day I walked into Homestead Middle School Band class, I had not yet decided what instrument I wanted to play. When I was in middle school, we had two full bands: a jazz band, a pep band, and a small orchestra. As the teacher asked all the new kids what they wanted to play, my eyes were furiously darting around the... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Q&A with Music Director Candidate Rune Bergmann

Music Director Candidate Rune Bergmann joins the Grand Rapids Symphony for Brahms' German Requiem on November 20 - 21. Learn more about Rune, his background and his hobbies below!  It has been stated that Brahms’ Requiem is one of your favorite choral works. What do you love about this piece?  What I love most about Brahms’ Requiem is the purity it possesses and how clear it has been composed and orchestrated. For me there is something very honest in the way Brahms composes,... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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