St. Cecilia Music Center and Grand Rapids Symphony Announce Partnership for 2015-2016 Season
October 16, 2015
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St. Cecilia Music Center
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
Starting in the 2015-2016 Season, both organizations will
share value with some of their most loyal supporters by offering a discount on
tickets to their respective series subscribers for three of their best Classical
and Chamber Series concerts.
“The purpose of cross promoting concerts with our two
organizations is that there are many concert goers who are fond of classical
music. For St. Cecilia Music Center, we have developed an amazing three-concert
series with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. We want to introduce
Grand Rapids Symphony subscribers to these amazing chamber music concerts
within the intimate setting of Royce Auditorium, which has been recognized as
one of the finest acoustic spaces in the world to hear chamber music according
to many acclaimed international artists who have performed here,” says St.
Cecilia Music Center’s Executive Director Cathy Holbrook.
music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of
instruments—traditionally a group that would perform in a palace chamber. Most
broadly, the term “chamber music” includes art music that is
performed by a small number of performers – each performer playing an
independent part of the music.
Holbrook explains, “Because of
its intimate nature, chamber music allows the audience to hear each musician as
they perform their music, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
features the finest chamber musicians in the world resulting in outstanding
performances each time that they play here. These Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center concerts are breathtaking concerts to experience.”
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 St. Cecilia Music Center.”
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 Grand Rapids Symphony’s Richard and Helen DeVos
Classical Series features world-renowned conductors and soloists performing
with the exceptional members of our orchestra. A highlight of this season will
be our orchestra’s concerts under the direction of eight distinguished guest
conductors—any one of whom could be our next Music Director,” says Kjome.
To order subscriptions to St. Cecilia’s Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center Series, call 616-459-2224 at St. Cecilia Music Center. To
become a Crowe Horwath Great Eras series subscriber at the Grand Rapids
Symphony, call 616-454-9451 x 4 (Day) or 616-885-1241 (Evening), or visit the
Symphony online at GRSymphony.org/seasonpackages.
Subscribers of these series will be provided with a discount
code to be used in ordering 10% off tickets eligible for this program. Grand
Rapids Symphony tickets can be purchased online at GRSymphony.org by calling
616-454-9451 x 4 Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. This offer is
available at the St. Cecilia Music Center Box Office online at www.scmc-online.org or over the phone by
calling 616.459.2224 ext. 201.
For 132 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its
mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order
to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. It is the oldest arts
organization in West Michigan and was established by six women who wanted to
promote the musical arts in West Michigan. St. Cecilia Music Center served as
the first home for the Grand Rapids Symphony as 25 musicians and members of the
Society began meeting to practice in 1917.
In the years following, this group of musicians
performed concerts, developed a constitution, and garnered support from the
lady members of St. Cecilia and other various individuals and organizations.
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally
recognized today 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.
About The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Series at St. Cecilia Music Center
November 12, 2015 marks a new three-year
partnership between St. Cecilia Music Center St. Cecilia Music Center is thrilled to continue
its collaboration with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Beginning
their second three year contract with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center and its artistic directors, David
Finckel and Wu Han, who were named “Musicians of the Year” by Musical
America in 2012, St. Cecilia Music Center will bring the finest Chamber
Musicians in the world to the Royce Auditorium stage.
The Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center series begins on November
12, 2015 with co-artist director and
cellist David Finckel returning with violinists Benjamin Beilman, Sean Lee
and Danbi Um and violist Paul Neubauer. The program, entitled “The Golden Age
of the Violin” celebrates the zenith of the expressive violin style epitomized
by the legendary Fritz Kreisler. Audiences will hear:
Leclair Sonata in E minor for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 5 (1730)
Dvorák Terzetto in C major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74 (1887)
Borodin Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings (1881)
Ysaye Sonata in E minor for Violin, Op. 27, No. 4 (1924)
Kreisler Quartet in A minor for Strings (1919)
On January 21, 2016,
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series will feature a piano
extravaganza. Two pianos and four
pianists will take the stage for a night of pianist bliss. This mesmerizing
evening features pianists Alessio Bax, Juho Pohjonen, Orion Weiss and Wu Quain
sharing the stage and at times a piano! The program includes:
Arensky Silhouettes, Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 23 (1892)
Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 19 (1918-19)
Lutoslawski Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos (1941)
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, Op. 45 (1940)
March 17, 2016
will close the CMS series with co-artistic director and pianist Wu Han, performing with colleagues,
Benjamin Beilman, Kristin Lee and Sean Lee, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola and
Nicholas Canellakis, cello. This program entitled “Virtuosity” is an evening of
intimate concertos shining a spotlight on each instrument throughout the
Mozart Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 493 (1786)
Schubert Rondo in A major for Violin and String Quartet, D. 438 (1816)
Mendelssohn Double Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano, and Strings (1823)
information about the performing artists and the Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center see www.chambermusicsociety.org
About the Grand
Rapids Symphony’s Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series Concerts
Three Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series concerts will
be presented within the Special Grand Rapids Symphony / SCMC Exchange Series.
The first of three will take place on November 20 and 21,
2015 with the Grand Rapids Symphony performing “Brahms’ German Requiem” featuring Guest Conductor and Music
Director candidate, Rune Bergman
and the GR Symphony Chorus
directed by Pearl Shangkuan.
A hero, a parent and a kindred spirit inspire this deeply
moving and uplifting concert. Anchoring the program is Johannes Brahms’ most
ambitious and thoughtful composition, his “German Requiem,” written to honor
the passing of his mother. Also featured is Sibelius’ “In Memoriam,” a stirring
march-like memorial to honor a Finnish patriot, and Arvo Pärt’s most popular
work, “Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten.”
On January 29 and 20, 2016, the Grand Rapids Symphony will
present “Dvořàk’s Seventh.” Guest
conductor and Music Director candidate Mei-Ann Chen returns to Grand Rapids to
lead works of joy and love. Erich Korngold, best
known for his swashbuckling Hollywood film scores, wrote “Much Ado About
Nothing” when he was all about 21. The audience will almost see Beatrice and
Benedict sparring and falling in love as the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra
performs this suite. The Avery Fischer Career Grant winner Karen Gomyo
will traverse Max Bruch’s sunny “Violin Concerto in G minor,” and Dvořàk’s
Seventh Symphony will bring melodies and rhythms evoking his native bohemia.
Finally, the sounds of home influence “Pines of Rome” on April 22 and 23, 2016. The concert begins with
Bartok’s virtuoso “Violin Concerto No. 2,” echoing the sinuous melodies and
dances of his native Hungary. The piece will be performed by another Avery
Fischer Career Grant winner, Arnaud Sussmann. The program continues with a
Bach-inspired piece by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and orchestrated
versions of two Debussy piano preludes.
“Pines of Rome” crowns the program as Respighi conjures images of the
ancient empire, led by returning guest conductor and Music Director hopeful
For more information about Richard and Helen DeVos Classical
series concerts, visit www.GRSymphony.org/classical.