Great Works by Great Performers at “The Baroque Concert,” March 4

Media Contact:
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
Grand Rapids Symphony
616.454.9451 x 139

GRAND RAPIDS, MI., February 19, 2016 – If you have only a few records or compact discs in your collection, odds are you have a copy of Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Though his music is roughly 300 years old, the immediacy of Vivaldi’s late 17th and early 18th century music has made works by the violinist, teacher and cleric just as popular today among late 20th and early 21st century audiences.   

Grand Rapids Symphony cellists Alicia Eppinga and Jeremy Crosmer will be featured soloists in one of two works by “The Red Priest” at the Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Baroque Concert” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4.   

The Grammy Award-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony will be joined by Grammy Award-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs, a lutenist and early music specialist, who won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.   

Grand Rapids Symphony will play a Concerto for Strings in C major by Vivaldi, and Eppinga, principal cellist, and Crosmer, assistant principal cellist, will join the orchestra for a Concerto for Two Cellos and Strings in G minor by the same composer.   

The influence of Italy and Italian culture is spread through the program featuring Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora’s Overture to “Arianna in Nasso” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to “Cosi fan tutte.”   Mozart, of course, was German and a Classical era composer. His opera “Cosi fan tutte,” however, is an Italian opera, set in Naples.   

The program also includes music by Georg Telemann, another German composer, but his “Water Music” pays homage to the water gods of Roman mythology.   

This Crowe Horwath Great Eras series concert takes place in historic St. Cecilia Music Center’s century-old Royce Auditorium     

The Baroque Coffee Concert

Highlights from the above works will be performed at 10 a.m. Friday, March 4, during “The Baroque Coffee Concert” in St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium. The Porter Hills Coffee Classics Series, a one-hour concert, held without intermission, is a perfect way to start your day with some of the world’s greatest music.     

Doors open at 9 a.m. for complimentary coffee and pastry prior to the 10 a.m. concert.     

Hear a reprise of “The Baroque Concert” by tuning into Blue Lake Public Radio 88.9 FM or 90.3 FM during a rebroadcast at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016.              


Tickets start at $26 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 St. Cecilia Music Center 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 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 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. 

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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.