WOOD TV8 has a Christmas present for Grand Rapids Symphony fans.
If you missed its earlier broadcasts of “Grand Rapids Symphony at Carnegie Hall,” you have a chance to see it again.
The NBC-TV affiliate’s half-hour TV special airs again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, on WOOD TV8.
Last April, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger led the Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus to New York City for a performance in Carnegie Hall that featured special guest pianist Nelson Freire.
WOOD TV8 traveled to the Big Apple with the Grand Rapids Symphony and captured behind-the-scenes highlights for a documentary that first aired in June. It was re-broadcast a second time in early September on WXSP-TV, an affiliate of WOOD TV8.
Now’s your chance to see Lehninger, who previously led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and Freire, who made his fifth appearance in the 127-year-old auditorium, talk about the Grand Rapids Symphony’s second appearance in the celebrated hall with music including Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Momoprecoce and Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
The Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, whose director, Pearl Shangkuan, also had conducted and sung previously in Carnegie Hall, made its debut singing Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Chôros No.10 “Rasga o Coração” (It Tears your Heart).
The 134-voice chorus also joined the orchestra to sing Gabriel Faure’s Pavane in F-sharp minor as an encore for the audience of over 2,300.
Eva Aguirre Cooper, Community Affairs Director at WOOD TV8, accompanied the Grand Rapids Symphony to New York City for the two-day trip, taking viewers behind the scenes from rehearsals to receptions, including interviews with musicians, conductors, audience members and a brief appearance by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus on NBC-TV’s “Today Show” with Hoda Kotb.
Hundreds of supporters, patrons and fans traveled from Grand Rapids to New York City for the Carnegie Hall performance on Friday, April 20. Hundreds more from the New York City area were special guests of the Grand Rapids Symphony thanks to its Symphony Scorecard program.
Special guests also included Mauro Vieira, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, and Frederico S. Duque Estrada Meyer, Deputy Permanent Representative, both based in New York City.