Great Works by Great Performers at “The Baroque Concert,” March 4
February 19, 2016
Grand Rapids Symphony
616.454.9451 x 139
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.
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.
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.
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
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
of course, was German and a Classical era composer. His opera “Cosi fan tutte,”
however, is an Italian opera, set in Naples.
program also includes music by Georg Telemann, another German composer, but his
“Water Music” pays homage to the water gods of Roman mythology.
Crowe Horwath Great Eras series concert takes place in historic St. Cecilia Music Center’s century-old Royce
Baroque Coffee Concert
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.
open at 9 a.m. for complimentary coffee and pastry prior to the 10 a.m.
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
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
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.