Grand Rapids Symphony - A Summer Medley

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 24, 2021 – Summer is always special in Michigan. We’ve beaten down winter and been rewarded with all things lush, green and flowering–and this summer is surely one to celebrate with a special joy!

One of the best ways to savor all that summer has to offer is with LIVE music, and we are pleased to be Together Again–LIVE! While our summer season will not include the Picnic Pops series at Cannonsburg this year, the Grand Rapids Symphony will expand its musical presence in all parts of West Michigan–from the lakeshore to Meijer Gardens and many neighborhood greenspaces in between, reflecting its commitment to serve all areas of our community.

Between July 7 and 20 we will offer 11 FREE outdoor mini concerts as part of our Neighborhood Concert Series presented by Meijer. Ensembles of Grand Rapids Symphony musicians will perform for approximately 30 minutes in natural park settings–as far south as Wyoming and as far north as Newaygo. Click here for all the dates and locations.

For our friends on the lakeshore, the orchestra will travel to the beautiful campus of Hope College, for an evening of familiar operatic classics entitled Nessun Dorma: An Evening of Arias & Duets. Music Director Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra as they perform Bizet's Carmen. We are delighted to welcome soprano Katerina Burton and tenor Matthew Pearce to perform selections from beloved operas such as, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca and Turandot. Audiences will also hear performances by two members of the Hope College Music Faculty–Grand Rapids Symphony Principal Cellist Alicia Eppinga, who will play “Meditation” from Massenet's Thaïs, and an organ solo from well-known organist Dr. Huw Lewis. This concert will be held in the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at 7:30pm on July 14. To purchase tickets, call the Grand Rapids Symphony box office at 616-454-9451 x4, or click here to buy tickets online.

The Grand Rapids Symphony is also pleased to be collaborating with Frederik Meijer Gardens this summer, in three unique concerts at their state-of-the-art outdoor venue during the month of July. Frederik Meijer Gardens members may purchase tickets beginning June 26 at 9am. Public ticket sales will begin on Saturday, July 10 at 9am. All tickets will be sold online at or by calling 1-800-514-etix (3849).

Additional support for our Neighborhood Concert Series is provided by: Wolverine Worldwide, Wege Foundation, Kate Pew Wolters, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Mary Schregaruds, BDO, Fox Motors, Chuck & Julie Frayer, HAP, Michael & Suzanne Lutz, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Our performance of Lights, Camera, Music! is sponsored by SpartanNash, Howard Miller, Fox Motors, and UFP Industries.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony

Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts, the breadth of its educational programs, and the innovation of its initiatives to support diversity, equity and inclusion as well as to serve the wider community in non-traditional settings. Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, and Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt , West Michigan’s largest performing arts organization is affiliated with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, and the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival. GRS collaborates annually with Opera Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet and biennially with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo.

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.