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 explore new music, styles, and venues.

Grand Rapids Symphony Crowe Horwath Great Eras series subscribers can enjoy SCMC’s “Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center” series at a 10% discount. Performances include: The Golden Age of the Violin on Nov. 12; Piano Extravaganza on Jan. 21; and Virtuosity on Mar. 17. 

St. Cecilia Music Center “Presenting Series” subscribers can enjoy a 10% discount on the following Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony: Brahms’ German Requiem on Nov. 20/21; Dvořàk’s Seventh on Jan. 29/30, and Pines of Rome on April 22/23. 

The St. Cecilia Music Center is the oldest arts organization in West Michigan. In fact, the Center served as the first home for the Grand Rapids Symphony as 25 musicians and members of the Society began meeting to practice there in 1917. The Symphony developed and was officially organized in 1930 and today is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Ten concert series and more than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 170,000.

Similarly, St. Cecilia Music Center continues to be a well-respected and staunch advocate for the study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. The Royce Auditorium, the heart of the Music Center, is nationally acclaimed as one of the premiere chamber music venues both nationally and internationally. Both organizations represent the vital role of music and the performing arts in Grand Rapids by partnering together over the past 86 years. 

President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony Peter Kjome says, “Collaboration between organizations enables us to increase our collective impact and provide value to our community. The Symphony is glad to make great music more accessible through these exciting offers in partnership with the St. Cecilia Music Center.” 

Posted by Sam Napolitan at 6:00 AM
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