Joy, Love and Sunshine in “Dvorák’s Seventh,” Jan. 29 & 30
January 13, 2016
Grand Rapids Symphony
616.454.9451 x 114
Three works filled with joy, love and sunshine comprise
the Grand Rapids Symphony’s program for “Dvorák’s Seventh,” part of the Richard
and Helen DeVos Classical Series. Returning Music Director Candidate and
Mei-Ann Chen will lead the orchestra in two performances at DeVos Performance
Hall: Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. Recipient of the
prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo will join
the orchestra to perform one of the most beloved violin concertos. The Guest
Artist Sponsor for the concert is the Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund.
program begins with Erich Korngold’s orchestral suite, “Much Ado About
Nothing.” One of the most astonishing prodigies in the history of composition,
Korngold was already a veteran at the age of 20 when he was invited to write
music to accompany a production of Shakespeare’s play. Korngold’s gifts for
quick characterization by means of melody, imaginative tone color, and harmonic
lushness were a perfect match for Shakespeare’s “battle of the sexes,” and
would later make him Hollywood’s leading soundtrack composer.
Next, Karen Gomyo will take the stage to perform Max Bruch’s
“Violin Concerto in G Minor” with the orchestra. Of the greatest solo violin
works, Joseph Joachim (considered by many to be best violinist of the 19th
century), called Bruch’s concerto “the richest and most seductive.” Gomyo’s
performance of the virtuosic passages, particularly the heartbreakingly
romantic second movement and the fiery, gypsy-like finale, is sure to dazzle
DeVos Hall audiences.
The concert ends with Antonin Dvorak’s deeply serious symphony in
honor of his mentor and supporter, Johannes Brahms. While there is plenty of
drama, the piece is filled with melodies and rhythms evoking his native Bohemia
and the joy he felt as its first great international ambassador.
a free pre-concert multi-media presentation, will be hosted in the Recital Hall
before each performance at 7:00 p.m. Upbeat is sponsored by BDO USA. “Dvorák’s
Seventh” will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. on Blue Lake
Public Radio, FM 88.9 or FM 90.3.
Tickets start at $18 and 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. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket
service fee, with a $12 maximum.) 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. This is a
MySymphony360 eligible concert.
About the Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally
recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by
Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, 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 200,000. 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.