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Review: Grand Rapids Symphony "Beams Up" Live Star Trek Performance

I was recently asked “Are you going to dress up as a Wookie?” and the question had nothing to do with the approach of Halloween, or the upcoming Star Wars movie. Rather, I was discussing plans for the weekend with a co-worked, and mentioned that I was going to the Grand Rapids Symphony to watch their performance of Star Trek. My co-worker is clearly someone who hasn’t settled on a side in the ongoing Star Wars vs Star Trek debate, and is sadly lost somewhere in the... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Review: Shakespeare's tales inspire exciting Grand Rapids Symphony season opener

The show must go on and so it did. The Grand Rapids Symphony is without a music director for the first time in the 21st century.  Several key chairs in the ensemble are vacant, and its musicians are continuing to work under a contract that expired on Sept. 1. But when the downbeat comes, all is forgotten, at least for a while. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted September 19, 2015 To read the full article, click  here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Saturday, September 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Review: Five for Fighting serves slice of life, slice of 'American Pie' for Picnic Pops

Five for Fighting is fronted by a clever guy. John Ondrasik came to town with his hit songs including "Superman" and "100 Years" to play for the Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops. But the alternative-rock, piano-playing, singer-songwriter came with a little something extra up his sleeve. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted July 31, 2015 To read the full article, click  here .  Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, July 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Review: A little Neil Diamond love opens Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops

Neil Diamond is an icon of American pop music. He's sold some 125 million albums worldwide. On the Billboard adult contemporary charts, only Elton John and Barbra Streisand have charted more. Diamond, who was in Van Andel Arena seven years ago next month, wasn't in Grand Rapids on Thursday. But Super Diamond was with the Grand Rapids Symphony for the opening of the 2015 Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg. By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Posted July 10, 2015 To read the full article, click ... Read More
Posted by Sam Napolitan at Friday, July 10, 2015 | 0 comments
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