Single tickets for entire 2017-18 Grand Rapids Symphony season on sale July 31

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI., July 31, 2017 – The Grand Rapids Symphony 2017-18 season is jam-packed with classical blockbusters, classic rock, Broadway’s biggest hits, family friendly entertainment, and cinematic special events including second and third films in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with live music.

Today happens to be Harry Potter’s birthday, and single tickets for the entire Grand Rapids Symphony season are on sale today.

Go online to for complete details about the 2017-18 Grand Rapids Symphony season as well as ticket-buying opportunities.

Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, the Grand Rapids Symphony will perform all-time classical favorites including Ravel’s Bolero, Holst’s The Planets, Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony No. 41, and an all-Tchaikovsky program on the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series.

World-famous soloists including violinist Sarah Chang and pianists Nelson Freire and Gabriela Montero – all three personal friends and colleagues of Lehninger – will grace the Grand Rapids Symphony’s stage beginning in September.

Lehninger, who is entering his second season with the Grand Rapids Symphony but the first one planned by him, will be on the podium for eight of the 10 pairs of concerts in DeVos Performance Hall plus three of the four Great Eras concerts in St. Cecilia Music Center.

Join the Grand Rapids Pops at the movies for a full-length screening of An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, the 1951 film powered by live musical accompaniment. Back by popular demand, the Fox Motors Pops Series celebrates the music of one of the greatest film composers in history with Star Wars’ and More: The Music of John Williams, with Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt on the podium.

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s Crowe Horwath Great Eras Series and Porter Hills Coffee Classics expand from three concerts to four with concerts celebrating the music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras, now joined by music of the 20th Century and beyond.

Grand Rapids Symphony’s own musicians, as soloists and as composers, will be in the spotlight several times during the orchestra’s 88th season. Principal Flutist Christopher Kantner will be soloist in Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major in DeVos Hall while Principal Second Violinist Eric Tanner and Principal Trumpeter Charley Lea will be featured on the Great Eras Series in St. Cecilia Music Center.

Composer Jeremy Crosmer, who served for five years as Assistant Principal Cellist, will compose a new, 8-minute piece to open the season in September in DeVos Hall, and composer Alexander Miller, who is Assistant Principal Oboist, will write a new 12-minute work to close the season in May 2018.

Special events include the annual Symphony with Soul show. Highlights include special-event screenings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the second and third films in the Harry Potter franchise of eight movies, based on the books by J.K. Rowling.


Season tickets still are on sale. Subscriptions are available at a discount of up to 50 percent off select series and seats for new package orders.  

Single tickets for the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series and for the Fox Motors Pops series, both in DeVos Performance Hall, both start at $18.

Single tickets for the Gerber SymphonicBoom series, also in DeVos Performance Hall, start at $32.

Single tickets for the Crowe Horwath Great Eras start at $26, which all tickets for the Porter Hills Coffee Classics are $16. Both series are held in St. Cecilia Music Center.

Single tickets for the DTE Energy Foundation Family series all are $15 for adults, $5 for children. All single tickets for the PNC Lollipop series are $5. Both series are held in DeVos Performance Hall.

Special event single tickets start at $18 for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in September and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in February 2018.

Ticket-buying opportunities also include Create Your Own, offering a low ticket price on four programs when you buy all four together; and Flexpass, offering a package of 6, 8 or 10 vouchers that can be used in any combination on any of 19 programs across three Grand Rapids Symphony series.

Tickets are available at the GRS ticket office, weekdays 9 am-5 pm, at 300 Ottawa Ave. 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.)

About the Grand Rapids Symphony

Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, 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 given each year, touching the lives of some 200,000, nearly half of whom are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities all reached through extensive education and community service programs. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. GRS provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet and sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival, which returns in March 2017.

To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit the website or

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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.