World Class Artists Abound in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2015-2016 Concert Season
April 01, 2015
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Today the Grand Rapids Symphony announced its
2015-2016 Season, presenting world class soloists and conductors as the Grand
Rapids Symphony continues its exciting search for a new Music Director. Larry
Rachleff, the Symphony’s Music Advisor for 2015-16, will conduct three concerts
this season. The Symphony’s 86th Season promises to be exhilarating
and outstanding with renowned masterpieces, contemporary favorites and innovative
presentations sure to thrill West Michigan audiences.
At the core of the Symphony’s nine concert
series is the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series, featuring timeless
classic compositions as well as vibrant new works performed by the world’s
finest conductors and soloists. The 2015-16 Season will open with a performance
inspired by Shakespeare with selections of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” on
September 18 and 19. Other concert highlights from the series include: “Brahms’
German Requiem” on November 20 and 21; “Debussy’s La Mer” on February 19 and 20;
“Beethoven’s ‘Emperor Concerto’” on March 18 and 19; and “Pines of Rome” on
April 22 and 23. The series will close on May 13 and 14 with a powerful
performance of “Carmina Burana” featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and
Youth Chorus. Frequent Grand Rapids Symphony collaborator and award-winning
German violinist Augustin Hadelich will return, as well as conductors Mei-Ann
Chen and Marcelo Lehninger.
will enjoy top-notch talent, electrifying tributes and time-honored favorites with
the Fox Motor Pops Series presented in DeVos Performance Hall. The series
lineup kicks off with a celebration of hits from the ’30s to the ’90s with Pink
Martini singer, Storm Large, October 2 – 4. Disney shares one of its crown
jewels of feature animation as the Grand Rapids Pops orchestra accompanies high
definition projections of “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000” November 13 – 15.
“Holiday Pops,” a West Michigan tradition led by newly appointed Principal Pops
Conductor, Bob Bernhardt, returns December 3 – 6 while a dazzling tribute to
Louis Armstrong, featuring trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, occurs January 22
–24. An orchestral program of Celtic classics will celebrate the Irish spirit
March 11 – 13. The series will close with a tribute to John Williams on May 6 –
8, featuring a collaboration of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses with
local high school choirs and violinist Benny Kim.
Nestlé Gerber SymphonicBoom three-concert series will bring out-of-the-box
orchestral experiences to DeVos Hall stage, including: a symphonic presentation
of J.J. Abrams’ acclaimed “Star Trek” (2009) in collaboration with Grand Rapids
Comic Con on October 17; the return of an annual holiday tradition, “Fifth
Third Cirque de Noël” with Cirque de la Symphonie on December 22 and 23; and
“Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions,” a must-see video game event featuring music
from the beloved franchise on February 5.
The Symphony’s Crowe Horwath Great Eras Series will
feature the Stulberg International String Competition winner for “The Romantic
Concert” on November 6, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu for “The Classical Concert” led
by Larry Rachleff on January 14, and guest conductor Stephen Stubbs for “The
Baroque Concert” on March 4. The Porter Hills Coffee Classics Series returns, bringing
one-hour morning concerts featuring selections from the Crowe Horwath Great
Eras Series and free coffee and pastries.
A special symphony event at Resurrection Life Church
will ring in the holiday season with contemporary Christina music superstar,
Michael W. Smith on Tuesday, December 8.
Season ticket packages are on sale now with select concerts
on sale to subscribers. “Pokémon:
Symphonic Evolutions,” is on sale now to the general public. Single tickets
will be available Summer 2015.
are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW,
Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x
4. Tickets are available by phone in the evening and on Saturday by calling
616.885.1241. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box Office, weekdays 10
a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the
performance. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800.982.2787,
online at GRSymphony.org or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W
Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these
locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Full-time
students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the night of
the concert by enrolling in the Symphony’s Student Passport program.
About the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized
in 1930 and is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and
educational programs. Led by Music Director David Lockington, Principal Pops
Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert
series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles.
More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some
170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and
people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community
service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated Organizations include the Grand
Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony
and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony
also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet
Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony please visit GRSymphony.org.
This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan
Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.