Grand Rapids Pops will bring 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' to DeVos Hall next season

The Grand Rapids Symphony brings the fourth film in the Harry Potter franchise, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,' to Grand Rapids in February 2019.

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Grand Rapids Symphony unveils 2018-19 season with something special for everyone

Classical blockbusters, eminent soloists, popular favorites, great films all come to Grand Rapids Symphony’s stage during the orchestra's 89th season in 2018-19

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Harry Potter returns to Grand Rapids Pops with 'The Prisoner of Azkaban,' Feb. 9-10

See the full-length 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' with the Grand Rapids Symphony performing live John Williams' magical movie score in its entirety.

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Grand Rapids Symphony boldly goes to the great beyond with Holst’s epic symphonic suite, The Planets

Marcelo Lehninger conducts the suite that’s inspired film scores for Star Wars, Star Trek, and countless more movies.

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Songs from 'Wicked,' 'Lion King,' 'Phantom of the Opera' at Grand Rapids Pops' Blockbuster Broadway

Stars of Broadway, New York Cabaret join Grand Rapids Symphony for songs from Les Misérables, Chicago, Sound of Music, Jersey Boys, Annie and more, January 26-28

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Grand Rapids Symphony’s performs an evening of Tchaikovsky to welcome the New Year

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, a world-renowned soloist and acclaimed classical music improviser, joins Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Jan. 12-13

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Enjoy Grand Rapids Symphony playing romantic serenades by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger conducts Great Eras and Coffee Classics concerts in the 19th century elegance of St. Cecilia Music Center

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Relive the excitement of ‘Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions’ with Grand Rapids Pops

Back by popular demand, ‘Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions,' the multi-genre sensation returns with live music and visuals from the entire Pokémon franchise for one night only on Jan. 6 in DeVos Performance Hall.

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Grand Rapids Symphony extends Bob Bernhardt’s contract as Principal Pops Conductor

Bernhardt will remain on the Grand Rapids Pops podium, delighting audiences in DeVos Performance Hall and Cannonsburg Ski Area, through the 2020-21 concert season.

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Unwrap the Holidays with the Grand Rapids Pops in December

Enjoy homegrown, holiday entertainment with the Grand Rapids Pops in December with the Wolverine World Wide Holiday Pops, Dec. 14-17, or the Old National Bank Cirque de Noël, Dec. 21-22, in DeVos Performance Hall.

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Marcelo Lehninger leads Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus in monumental Verdi Requiem, Nov. 17-18

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in Verdi's Requiem, one of his all-time favorite pieces to conduct, on Nov. 17-18. Performances will be dedicated to the memory of the late Helen DeVos.

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Popular children's film, 'The Snowman,' returns to Grand Rapids Symphony stage on Nov. 11

Back by popular demand, the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Howard Blake's score for the 1982 Oscar-nominated film, 'The Snowman,' based on Raymond Briggs's beloved children's tale about a boy and a snowman who comes to life for an evening of adventure.

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‘An American in Paris,’ inspiration for ‘La La Land,’ comes to Grand Rapids Pops stage, Nov. 10-12

See the full-length, award-winning 1951 film, "An American in Paris," starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony performing the songs and music of George and Ira Gershwin.

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Grand Rapids Symphony mourns loss of arts patron and music lover Helen DeVos

Helen DeVos, a longtime GRS Board Member who was honored with the GRS BRAVO! Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, played a leading role in transforming a community orchestra into a world-class, professional ensemble.

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'Charlie's Angels,' music of Baroque, opens Grand Rapids Symphony's Great Eras series, Oct. 20-21

17th century English and French music from the court of King Charles II of England opens Grand Rapids Symphony's Great Eras series

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Grand Rapids Symphony welcomes popular Norwegian guest conductor for Sibelius’ popular Symphony

Rune Bergmann, a Grand Rapids Symphony audience favorite, returns to conduct music from Scandinavia with a guest Norwegian mezzo soprano

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Grand Rapids Symphony returns with 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' Sept. 29-30

Grand Rapids Pops' Harry Potter Film Concert Series continues with three full-length screenings of 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' with live music in DeVos Performance Hall on Sept. 29-30, 2017

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Don't stop thinking about Music of Fleetwood Mac with Grand Rapids Pops, Sept. 22-24

Fleetwood Mac tribute band Landslide joins the Grand Rapids Symphony to open 2017-18 Fox Motors Pops series on Sept. 22-24 in DeVos Performance Hall

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Grand Rapids Symphony adds Grand Rapids Art Museum to Symphony Scorecard

Grand Rapids Symphony's innovative program offering free concert tickets to those in need and to U.S. military personnel adds free admission at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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Ravel's 'Bolero,' celebrated violinist Sarah Chang, open Grand Rapids Symphony's 2017-18 season

Sarah Chang joins music director Marcelo Lehninger and the Grand Rapids Symphony for its season-opener featuring Suite from 'West Side Story' for violin and orchestra, plus Ravel's 'Bolero.'

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Sarah Chang, Harry Potter and Carnegie Hall all part of Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-18 season

Big pieces, big-name soloists, old favorites, new surprises are all a part of the Grand Rapids Symphony's 88th season opening Sept. 15-16, 2017.

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Grand Rapids Symphony adds 3rd performance of 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' Sept. 29-30

Grand Rapids Symphony will give three performances of 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' the second film in the Harry Potter franchise, with live music accompanying the full-length film.

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

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with tickets to a Grand Rapids Symphony concert including one of two Harry Potter movies during the 2017-18 season

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Best mariachi band in the world comes to Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops, Aug. 3

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, dubbed "el mejor mariachi del mundo" or "the best mariachi in the world" joins the Grand Rapids Pops at Cannonsburg on Aug. 5 for one-night only.

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Marcelo Lehninger debuts at D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with Classical Fireworks, Aug. 3

Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo Lehninger makes his Cannonsburg debut with classical favorites and pyrotechnics as special guests.

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Women Rock at the Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, July 27-28

Women Rock, a brand-new show, celebrates songs written or recorded by Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin plus many more legendary women of rock

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops rocks to the musical legacy of Chicago, July 20-21

Grand Rapids Pops welcomes Brass Transit and 'The Musical Legacy of Chicago' to D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with songs including 'Beginnings,' 'Saturday in the Park' and 'You're the Inspiration.'

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Take a Chance on the GR Symphony and Music of ABBA at the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, July 13-14

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops remembers 'The Music of ABBA' to open the 23rd annual summer of musical fun at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

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Classic rock comes to Cannonsburg for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017 Picnic Pops

Classic rock, fireworks and mariachi are part of the Grand Rapids Pops' 23rd annual D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops featuring the Cannonsburg debut of Music Director Marcelo Lehninger

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See Fairy Gardens and more at Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Blandford Enchanted,' June 2-4

Grand Rapids Symphony Friends transform Blandford Nature Center into an enchanted world for fairies to help raise money for the orchestra's education programs.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Society Holds Annual Meeting

Five new directors were elected and 15 were reelected to the Grand Rapids Symphony's Board of Directors for the 2017-18 season.

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GRS violinist wins Ford Musician Award for Community Service from League of American Orchestras

Diane McElfish Helle, program administrator of Music for Health Initiative, is one of only five musicians honored nationally for excellence in community service.

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Grand Rapids Symphony 2016-17 season ends with Beethoven’s popular “Eroica” Symphony, May 19-20

Of the hundreds of thousands of works composed in the history of classical music, only a small handful changed the course of history. Beethoven’s “Eroica” or “Heroic” Symphony No. 3 was one. Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" was another. The Grand Rapids Symphony plays both to conclude its 2016-17 Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series, May 19-20.

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Cirque de Noël, Pokémon back by popular demand for GR Pops’ 2017-18 Gerber SymphonicBoom Series

Get tickets for two all-time favorite shows at 30 percent discount next season at Grand Rapids Pops' Gerber SymphonicBoom Series in DeVos Performance Hall.

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Grand Rapids Pops rocks to celebrate 50th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

50 years ago, the Beatles' released the seminal album that Rolling Stone magazine named No. 1 on its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." Hear it performed live by your Grand Rapids Symphony

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Grand Rapids Symphony anticipates the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with concerts

Beethoven was the colossus of musical life of Vienna in the era of the Napoleonic Wars. Bernstein loomed large over the the musical scene in New York City in the post-world War II era. Grand Rapids Symphony salutes Ludwig and Lenny with the music of both in a concert titled "Beethoven & Bernstein"

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Grand Rapids Symphony names West Michigan businessman Peter M. Perez as President and CEO

Past Board Chairperson and Co-Chair of the Grand Rapids Symphony's $40 million Legacy of Excellence Campaign has been named permanent president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Grand Rapids Symphony will rock the hills of Cannonsburg at 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

Classic Rock, international acts, and the debut of Music Director Marcelo Lehninger are highlights of the 23rd annual summer season at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

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Famed conductor JoAnn Falletta leads Grand Rapids Symphony in comical, classical French music

Waltzes by Ravel and Strauss, a cryptic scherzo by Grand Rapids Symphony's own Alexander Miller, and pianist Fabio Bidini performing Ravel's jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major all coming to DeVos Performance Hall.

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Irish singer, songwriter Cathie Ryan and Grand Rapids Pops

Opening on St. Patrick's Day, the first-generation Irish-American singer from Detroit, former lead singer for the Irish group Cherish the Ladies, joins the Grand Rapids Symphony for three shows in DeVos Hall.

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Spirit of music of J.S. Bach will fill Grand Rapids for 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival, March 5-11

Founded by Linn Maxwell Keller, the 11th Grand Rapids Bach Festival celebrates the life and music of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, composers in the history of Western Classical Music with a week's worth of events.

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Marcelo Lehninger leads Grand Rapids Symphony in music you almost can see March 3-4 in DeVos Hall

The perennially popular "Pictures at an Exhibition" is music that was inspired by an art exhibition. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings has appeared in films including “Platoon” and “Lorenzo’s Oil.” Before there was John Williams, there was Erich Korngold, the man responsible for the big, lush, cinematic film scores including the 1938 film “The Adventures of Robin Hood” starring Errol Flynn. You can hear hints of his film scores in his Violin Concerto. See and hear all of this with Marcelo Lehninger and guest violinist Stefan Jackiw on March 3-4 in DeVos Hall.

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Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-18 season paves the way back to New York City’s Carnegie Hall

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger unveils his first planned season of concerts in Grand Rapids with classical favorites such as Ravel's Bolero, Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; full-length movies in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series; and big-name artists such as violinist Sarah Chang.

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Grand Rapids Symphony goes back to the Baroque and beyond with music by Handel, Telemann and more

Bach, Handel and Vivaldi were the big names to emerge from the Baroque period in classical music. But they were just the cream of the crop from the era that spanned nearly 150 years from 1600 to 1750. Grand Rapids Symphony’s Crowe Horwath Great Eras series concert on Feb. 24, 2017, takes audiences back to the Baroque for one-night only with music of the era plus later inspired directly by music of the Baroque. Two-time Grammy Award winner Patrick Dupré Quigley, founder and artistic director of the chamber choir Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, will be in St. Cecilia Music Center to lead The Baroque Concert: Respighi, Handel & Fireworks.

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Grammy Award-winner Lalah Hathaway stars in Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Symphony with Soul'

You heard Lalah Hathaway on the soundtrack of 'Hidden Figures,' nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture. The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, nominated for two more Grammys this month, joins the Grand Rapids Symphony for its 16th annual 'Symphony with Soul' on Saturday, Feb. 18, in DeVos Performance Hall.

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns with two more films in 2017-18

Grand Rapids Pops, which presented 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' this season, welcomes the next two films in the franchise, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' and 'Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban,' to DeVos Performance Hall next season with live music performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony

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Grand Rapids Art Museum showcases Grand Rapids Symphony’s Marcelo Lehninger in photographic display

Grand Rapids Art Museum opens a mini exhibition of photo portraits of Grand Rapids Symphony’s new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger by Grand Rapids photographer Andy Terzes. The intimate portraits in black and white give added insight into the man behind the music. See "Marcelo" from Tues. Jan. 31 through Sun. Feb. 5 at GRAM.

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Music Director Marcelo Lehninger returns for ‘Mozart, Mahler & Marcelo’ with Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony’s new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger is back for the first time since October with “Mozart, Mahler & Marcelo” on Feb. 3-4. Guest pianist Andrew von Oeyen, returns to Grand Rapids as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, and the Brazilian-born conductor also leads the orchestra in Mahler’s mighty Symphony No. 5 -- a big, brassy work that horn players salivate over. On the other hand, Mahler also wrote the fourth movement, scored only for harp and strings, as a love letter to his wife, Alma. It’s one of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed.

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Grand Rapids Pops performs 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' in concert

For the first time in Grand Rapids, audiences will experience the Grand Rapids Symphony performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history

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Get great Grand Rapids Symphony tickets for just $25 during January's Supersale

For a limited time, you can buy tickets to three or more concerts for the remainder of the Grand Rapids Symphony's 2016-17 for just $25 per ticket when you buy tickets to three or more concerts.

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Join your Grand Rapids Pops for a Night of Spectacular Streisand with Ann Hampton Callaway

If you’ve seen TV’s “The Nanny” starring Fran Drescher, you’ve heard the voice of Ann Hampton Callaway. What’s more, the Tony Award nominee actress, singer, songwriter and TV personality not only sang the song, she wrote the theme song “The Nanny Named Fran.” Besides Babs herself, possibly no one's better to fill in for Streisand. Callaway has written several songs recorded by Streisand and has toured the country with her show, "Ann Hampton Callaway Sings the Streisand Songbook."

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Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates winter with Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5

Grand Rapids Symphony opens the new year in DeVos Hall with Aaron Copland's Suite from 'Our Town' from the 1940 film starring William Holden and Martha Scott, plus Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, which captures the sights and sounds of the Finnish countryside.

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Experience the ultimate video game experience with Grand Rapids Pops' Video Games Live!

See visual images from blockbuster video games including Mario, Zelda, Halo and Final Fantasy while the Grand Rapids Symphony plays the original scores live under guest conductor Emmanuel Fratianni.

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Music Director Marcelo Lehninger debuts in St. Cecilia Music Center with music of Schumann & Brahms

Grand Rapids Symphony’s new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger starts his New Year back in Grand Rapids with his debut in St. Cecilia Music Center on Jan. 6 to lead the orchestra in Romantic Era music of Brahms and Schumann with guest pianist Daniel Hsu, a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist of Kalamazoo’s Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

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National Endowment for the Arts awards Grand Rapids Symphony $10,000 grant for 'Symphony with Soul'

Grand Rapids Symphony's annual 'Symphony with Soul' concert and 'Celebration of Soul' gala, which raises money for scholarship for young African-American and Latino musicians, has received three consecutive, biennial grants from the NEA's Challenge America program, which supports projects that extend the arts to underserved communities.

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Grand Rapids Symphony appoints Peter Perez as interim President and CEO

Grand Rapids Symphony has appointed Grand Rapids businessman Peter Perez, a longtime Symphony board member and past Chairperson, as interim President and CEO following the departure after eight years of President and CEO Peter Kjome.

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Grand Rapids Symphony’s Peter Kjome appointed as Baltimore Symphony President and CEO

Peter Kjome, the Grand Rapids Symphony's President and CEO for the past eight years, will become the next President and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The GRS soon will begin a search for its next executive director.

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Celebrate Christmas with MercyMe and the Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grammy-nominated Christian group joins the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony for the only Christmas show MercyMe performs in the Midwest with symphony orchestra this holiday season. The ResLife Choir also performs at the one-night only special event on Nov. 29, 2016, at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville.

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Unwrap the Holidays with the Grand Rapids Pops

Celebrate the season along with your Grand Rapids Symphony at four holiday programs shows in November and December

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Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Laureate David Lockington returns to DeVos Hall

'Lockington Conducts Dvorak' features the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the world premiere of a new work by Jeremy Crosmer, inspired by the paintings of Grand Rapids' own Mathias Alten.

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See 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' as you’ve never seen it with live music from the Grand Rapids Pops

Hear the Grand Rapids Symphony play John Williams' film score for 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' live in DeVos Performance Hall as you watch the entire 1982 Steven Spielberg film on the big screen.

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Marcelo Lehninger debuts as Grand Rapids Symphony music director with ravishing, Russian music

Marcelo Lehninger makes his debut as Music Director with an all-Russian evening of music featuring the ravishingly beautiful Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concert starring Russian violinist Philippe Quint.

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See Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, in GR Pops' DreamWorks Animation in Concert

See highlights from some of the best movies DreamWorks Animation has ever made, such as 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Mr Peabody and Sherman,' and 'Puss in Boots' while your Grand Rapids Symphony plays film scores by Hans Zimmer, John Powell and Danny Elfman and more.

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Mozart and more opens Grand Rapids Symphony’s Great Eras Series on Oct. 21

Grand Rapids Symphony's principal French horns and prize-winning cellist from the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo are soloists in St. Cecilia Music Center with music from 18th century Classical era in music.

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Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs awards $35,000 to Grand Rapids Symphony

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded the Grand Rapids Symphony a $35,000 grant, among the largest grants given to a single arts organization for the 2017 fiscal year.

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Grand Rapids Symphony meets Daft Punk, meets LCD Soundsystem at ArtPrize

ArtPrize is the place in Grand Rapids to see unusual and surprising art in unpredictable and startling places. Grand Rapids Symphony is diving deep into ArtPrize Eight with music you've never heard. Call it chamber orchestra meets Daft Punk meets LCD Soundsystem at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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Rachmaninoff's theme from "Somewhere in Time" highlights Grand Rapids Symphony concerts

Pianist Joyce Yang plays the ravishingly beautiful melody from Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini that caused Christopher Reeve to fall in love with Jane Seymour in the 1980 film "Somewhere in Time," filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Guest conductor Perry So returns with music by Dvorak, Smetana and more

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Songs of Elton John, Billy Joel kick off Grand Rapids Pops’ 2016-17 season

The Grand Rapids Symphony's Fox Motors Pops series opens with songs from the 1970s by Elton John and Billy Joel, featuring pianist and singer Jim Witter

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Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” opens Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2016-17 season

Michigan pianist Ralph Votapek, Gold Medalist of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, is soloist on the jazzy, kickoff to the 2016-17 Classical series.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Will Rock You with the Beach Boys, David Bowie, Boyz II Men at the Picnic Pops

The Grand Rapids Pops series strikes up the band this summer with the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s 22nd summer season opens with Classical Fireworks on July 14-15. Rock rolls on with We Will Rock You! The Music of Queen, followed by The Music of the Beach Boys, both in July. Special events in early August include The Music of David Bowie and R&B sensations Boyz II Men

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Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger named Grand Rapids Symphony’s new Music Director

The Grand Rapids Symphony has named conductor Marcelo Lehninger as its next music director. The Brazilian-born conductor, who has led the Grand Rapids Symphony twice in the past two seasons, becomes the 14th music director in the 86-year history of the orchestra. Lehninger was the unanimous choice of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Music Director Search Committee following his electrifying performance of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony No. 9 in February 2015 and an explosive performance of Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” this past April.

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Grand Rapids Symphony unveils Five-Year Strategic Plan

The GRS Board of Directors has approved a five-year plan to attract new audiences, to serve an increasingly diverse community, to branch out into innovative new areas such as health and wellness, and to strengthen its financial position to accomplish its goals. The strategic plan calls on the Grand Rapids Symphony to continue to expand collaborations with other arts organizations; to explore technological advances to reach people in new ways; to serve a wider audience across the region; and to prepare for major milestones such as the orchestra’s 90th anniversary season in 2019-20.

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Grand Rapids Symphony helps inaugurate new pipe organ at Hope College’s new Miller Center for Music

Hope College was founded in 1866, but never in its 150-year history has it had a venue devoted entirely to music until the opening of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts last fall. Today, Hope College's 800-seat auditorium is the biggest concert hall in West Michigan featuring a permanently installed pipe organ. The Grand Rapids Symphony plus Hope College organist Huw Lewis will put the “King of Instruments” in the spotlight for a special Musical Arts Celebration.

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Music director candidate Perry So returns for FREE encore performance with Grand Rapids Symphony

Guest conductor Perry So made his DeVos Performance Hall debut as the seventh of eight guest conductors collaborating with the Grand Rapids Symphony during its 2015-16 season, all potential candidates to become its next music director. Grand Rapids Symphony’s Music Director Search Committee decided to have So back for a second look at a free performance in Jenison Center for the Arts.

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'Carmina Burana' concludes Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2015-16 season with big blowout

“Carmina Burana,” isn't necessarily a well-known title. But it’s likely you’ve heard its opening chorus, “O Fortuna” in movies such as “Jackass,” “Cheaper By the Dozen,” “Natural Born Killers” or “Excalibur.” Or in any number of TV commercials that have made it one of the best-known works of classical music among those who’ve never been to a symphony orchestra concert. Meanwhile, the 2010 Gilmore Artist, pianist Kirill Gerstein, joins the Grand Rapids Symphony to close its Classical Series season.

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Christian rock sensation MercyMe appears with Grand Rapids Symphony for Christmas

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorists attacks in 2001, "I Can Only Imagine" dominated Christian radio, crossing over to mainstream radio, spending 16 weeks in total on the Hot 100 Adult Contemporary Chart over the next two years. MercyMe, one of the most successful Christian pop/rock groups of the past two decades, comes to Grand Rapids for a special 2016 Christmas show with the Grand Rapids Symphony

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Hear music from Star Wars, Harry Potter and more at Grand Rapids Pops

Ask anyone to name any composer of film music, and the first name that’ll come to mind almost certainly will be John Williams. Five Academy Awards and 50 Oscar nominations in all, not to mention 17 Grammy Awards, have made John Williams the film composer of choice for many of the biggest blockbusters of the past four decades.

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Grand Rapids Symphony reaches $40 million endowment campaign goal to sustain programs for future

The Grand Rapids Symphony has reached its $40 million campaign goal to grow an endowment that helps secure the orchestra’s financial well-being for years to come. The Legacy of Excellence Campaign, launched in 2012 with a $20 million commitment designated to endowment from philanthropists Richard and Helen DeVos, has garnered an additional $20 million in pledges and future promises to sustain the orchestra’s programs and educational offerings for the next generation.

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Cornerstone University Chorale joins Grand Rapids Symphony in first-ever collaboration

Grand Rapids Symphony, for the first time in its 86-year history, collaborates with the Cornerstone University Chorale for a program of music, “Sacred Dimensions: Sacred Stories,” on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Cornerstone University’s new, $14 million Christ Chapel, which opened in September 2015.

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Guest conductor leads Grand Rapids Symphony in Respighi’s epic tone poem, “The Pines of Rome”

“The Pines of Rome,” inspired by centuries-old trees that dotted the landscape, recall memories children playing among trees, shadows cast over nearby catacombs, a particular tree-covered hill at night under a full moon, and a vision of the past glories of Rome along the Appian Way when all roads led to the Eternal City. You’ve heard excerpts from “The Pines of Rome” in movies. Now hear it played live.

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Boyz II Men, David Bowie tribute, joins Grand Rapids Symphony for 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops welcomes the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble to Cannonsburg Ski Area, as well as the greatest hits of the legendary David Bowie, to cap off the 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with two, one-night only, special-event shows.

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Grand Rapids Symphony, musicians ratify 5-year contract

The Grand Rapids Symphony and the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians have ratified a new, five-year, collective bargaining agreement that raises pay and partially restores employer-funded retirement contributions for members of the orchestra. The agreement that will carry the Grand Rapids Symphony through its 90th anniversary season in 2019-20 maintains the present 40-week performance season, preserves the current complement of musicians, and makes no changes to the orchestra’s health insurance.

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Music director candidate Rune Bergmann returns for free, encore with Grand Rapids Symphony

Conductor Rune Bergmann didn’t grow up in a musical family. But after he watched Carlos Kleiber conduct a New Year’s Eve concert from Vienna on TV, Bergmann was inspired to make music his life’s work. The Norwegian-born conductor returns to West Michigan for an encore performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates summer with the music of Queen, Beach Boys at 2016 Picnic Pops

We will rock you with the music of Queen and the Beach Boys this summer at the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops. The Grand Rapids Pops opens its 22nd annual summer concert series in mid-July with classical favorites plus fireworks at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

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Celebrate the Irish in everyone with the Grand Rapids Symphony's Celtic Concert, March 11-13

Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and the Grand Rapids Pops will get you in the mood for the annual event at “The Celtic Concert” featuring Anthony Kearns from The Irish Tenors plus pipers and Irish step dancers.

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Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto welcomes guest pianist, conductor for Grand Rapids Symphony concert

As Vienna was under siege from Napoleon’s armies, leading Beethoven to take refuge in his brother’s cellar, the composer completed his fifth and final piano concerto, which soon became known as the “Emperor” concerto. Only in this case, the nobleman was Austrian Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven’s patron as well as his pupil. Guest pianist Martin Helmchen and guest conductor Perry So lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in music by Schumann and contemporary French composer Guillaume Connesson’s "Supernova."

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Grand Rapids Pops welcomes "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to DeVos Hall next season

Grand Rapids will among the first cities in the world to experience the magic of a full-length screening of the 2001 film together with your Grand Rapids Symphony playing John Williams' Oscar-nominated score live in the concert hall.

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Hundreds of musicians, hundreds of years of music in Grand Rapids Symphony's "A Choral Celebration"

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, not to mention Mozart, Mendelssohn and Mahler, all wrote music for religious services or at least set to religious texts. The same still is true today. Grand Rapids Symphony presents “A Choral Celebration” of music, part of its Sacred Dimensions Series, featuring the adult Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus in two performances on March 5, 2016, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.

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

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.

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Marcus Roberts plays “Rhapsody in Blue” for Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2016 “Symphony with Soul"

Though Roberts lost his sight at age 5, he went on to become a member of Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, perform on “Saturday Night Live,” and serve as artist-in-residence at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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Grand Rapids Symphony’s exciting 2016-2017 season sets the stage for its next music director

The Grand Rapids Symphony will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation as its 2016-17 season paves the way for the arrival of its next music director. Today, your Grand Rapids Symphony unveils its 87th annual season, offering classical blockbusters as well as recently composed music; classic pop and rock plus family friendly entertainment; and cinematic special events plus seasonal celebrations that’ll bring a galaxy of eminent artists and guest conductors to Grand Rapids.

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Experience love in myriad forms in “Debussy’s ‘La Mer’,” Feb. 19 & 20

French composer Claude Debussy maintained a lifelong passion for “The Sea.” The never-married Johannes Brahms’ prized his personal freedom even as he composed one of the most ravishing melodies of his career in his Symphony No. 3. American composer Peter Lieberson cherished his wife, mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt, who sang the debut of his “Neruda Songs” shortly before her death in 2006 from complications from cancer.

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Experience the Evolution of “Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions,” Feb. 5

For more than 20 years, millions of gamers have spent countless hours capturing and training wild Pokémon to do battle with Gym Leaders and become Pokémon tournament champions.

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Joy, Love and Sunshine in “Dvorák’s Seventh,” Jan. 29 & 30

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.

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“What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Tribute,” Jan. 22-24

The Grand Rapids Pops celebrates the spirit of New Orleans with an electrifying and heartfelt tribute to the legendary Louis Armstrong, one of the pivotal and most influential names in jazz music. Virtuoso trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling will lead a swinging evening filled with the sounds of Satchmo. “What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Tribute” will also feature vocal artist Marva Hicks to sing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald. Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead the orchestra in three performances at DeVos Performance Hall: Friday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m. “What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Tribute” is part of the Fox Motors Pops series. The Concert Sponsor is Dematic and the Guest Artist Sponsor is Holland Home.

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Great Works by Great Performers at “The Classical Concert,” Jan. 14

More often than not, composers of an earlier time were also great performers. Mozart was a triple threat as a virtuoso pianist, violinist and violist in addition to his incomparable gifts as a composer. Beethoven earned early fame as a concert pianist, and Stravinsky also had a reputation as a fine pianist. On Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m., audiences can experience works by all three of these legendary musicians at “The Classical Concert.” This Crowe Horwath Great Eras series concert will take place in St. Cecilia Music Center’s intimate Royce Auditorium and will feature the talents of violinist Angelo Xiang Yu. Music Advisor Larry Rachleff will lead the performance.

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A Celebration of Nature and Dance in “Beethoven’s Pastoral,” Jan. 8 & 9

The Grand Rapids Symphony will explore the intersection of nature and dance this upcoming January at “Beethoven’s Pastoral,” Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9, 8:00 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall. The concert showcases the creativity of dancing as the music of three composers use dance to move our hearts and our feet.

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Pianist Marcus Roberts and Trio to Perform in 2016 “Symphony with Soul”

Pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Roberts is perhaps best known for the development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. Along the way, he’s become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University. Now, on February 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., Roberts and his trio will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for its 15th annual “Symphony with Soul” concert. As part of this annual tradition, the concert will be preceded by Celebration of Soul, a special event celebrating diversity and inclusion initiatives in West Michigan.

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Unwrap the Season with the Grand Rapids Symphony

When you think of the holidays, you think of snow, twinkling lights, a crackling fire, and of course, holiday music. This season, the Grand Rapids Symphony is offering their own take on the holiday season with an offering of festive concerts.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Performs “Brahms’ German Requiem,” Nov. 20-21

A hero, a parent and a kindred spirit inspire the music featured in “Brahms’ German Requiem,” a deeply moving and uplifting concert presented by the Grand Rapids Symphony. Anchoring the program is Johannes Brahms’ most ambitious and thoughtful composition: his German Requiem, written to honor the passing of his mother. The Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series concert will feature the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus conducted by Pearl Shangkuan. “Brahms’ German Requiem” will have two performances in DeVos Performance Hall: Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. Music Director Candidate Rune Bergmann will lead the orchestra.

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Parades, Winter Festivities and a Concert among Grand Rapids’ Holiday Highlights, November 21

Unwrap the season with a grouping of several exciting and festive seasonal staples offered by several downtown organizations. Welcome Santa to Grand Rapids in the Art Van Santa Parade, follow it up hot chocolate and children’s books read by Mrs. Claus at the Grand Rapids Public Library, arts and crafts at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and finish the day off with a spectacular musical performance of “The Snowman” by the Grand Rapids Symphony. On Saturday, November 21st, don’t miss these opportunities to show your children the wonder of the season!

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Experience the Magic at Grand Rapids Pops’ “Disney Fantasia Live in Concert,” Nov. 13-15

Experience one of the crown jewels of Disney feature animation when the Grand Rapids Pops presents “Disney Fantasia Live in Concert” as a part of the Fox Motors Pops Series. The live orchestra will accompany scenes from Walt Disney’s original “Fantasia” (1940) and Disney’s “Fantasia 2000,” highlighting a selection of magnificent classical repertoire and iconic scenes from both films. Mickey Mouse dabbling in magic, pastel-colored unicorns and winged horses, and dancing hippos will all be shown in high definition on the big screen.

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Youthful Genius on Display at “The Romantic Concert,” Friday, Nov. 6

What do Schubert, Mendelssohn and Stulberg International String Competition winner Yaegy Park have in common? Audiences at “The Romantic Concert” will find out when they hear iconic works celebrating youthful genius at the first Crowe Horwath Great Eras series concert of 2015-16. Great Eras, a three-concert series, is designed to explore the different periods of orchestral music. On Friday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m., Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead “The Romantic Concert” in the intimate setting of the Royce Auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center.

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St. Cecilia Music Center and Grand Rapids Symphony Announce Partnership for 2015-2016 Season

St. Cecilia Music Center and the Grand Rapids Symphony are partnering during their 2015 / 2016 season to bridge connections among a mutual audience and to share their 86-year collaborative history with classical music lovers.

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James Feddeck Joins Music Director Lineup for “Mahler’s Titan,” Oct. 23 and 24

Conductor James Feddeck is now among the exceptional candidates being considered for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Music Director position. In his second appearance with the orchestra, Maestro Feddeck returns to Grand Rapids to conduct “Mahler’s Titan,” Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 8:00 p.m. in DeVos Performance Hall. The performance is offered as part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series and is supported by the Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund.

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Boldly Go Where No Orchestra Has Gone Before with “Star Trek: Live in Concert,” Saturday, Oct. 17

In 2009, acclaimed director J.J. Abrams re-envisioned and re-invigorated the Star Trek franchise with a brilliantly casted ensemble, stunning visual effects and action-packed plot. Michael Giacchino’s thrilling, Grammy-nominated musical score contributed in no small part to the film’s success. At “Star Trek: Live in Concert,” the Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra will perform Giacchino’s score as “Star Trek” (2009) is screened simultaneously in high definition.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Candidate to lead “Ravel’s Piano Concerto,” Oct. 9 & 10

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s first Music Director candidate of the 2015-2016 Season will lead the orchestra at “Ravel’s Piano Concerto,” Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, 8:00 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall. The first prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in 2010, Andris Poga has established himself as a thoughtful and sensitive conductor. Poga will lead the orchestra in a colorful concert as a part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series.

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Experience the full range of “Love, Lust & Rock ‘n’ Roll” with the Grand Rapids Pops and Storm Large

This fall, classic songs get a jolt of what The New York Times called the “personality plus” of irrepressible vocalist Storm Large, whose career has traversed the West coast club scene, reality television and international concert halls with the beloved chamber pop group Pink Martini. Storm and her band Le Bonheur will join the Grand Rapids Pops for a brand new program, “Love, Lust & Rock ‘n’ Roll” at DeVos Performance Hall for three performances: Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. The concert is part of the Fox Motors Pops Series.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Announces Free for Families and Symphony Scorecard Programs

Through two new initiatives, Free for Families and Symphony Scorecard, the Grand Rapids Symphony will strengthen music and arts exposure for families, children and adults who have not been able to engage with the organization. These programs will create concert opportunities, share memories, enrich lives and introduce non-traditional audiences to the Symphony for many generations to come.

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Tribute to Shakespeare Opens Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2015-16 Season

The Grand Rapids Symphony will open its 86th season with “Romeo & Juliet,” reveling in music inspired by Shakespeare’s immortal plays. Grand Rapids Symphony Music Advisor Larry Rachleff will lead two performances of “Romeo & Juliet” on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19, 8:00 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall. “Romeo & Juliet” is part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series and is supported by Spectrum Health and the Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund.

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Musical Family Fun Abounds at the 2015 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

With the 2015 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops series, the Grand Rapids Pops brings a summer season fueled by legendary singer-songwriters, family fun and classical favorites. The Grand Rapids Pops collaborates with award-winning artists once more to bring talent to an affordable and family-friendly atmosphere at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Unveils New Website

The Grand Rapids Symphony launched its new GRSymphony.org website today. The new website features an updated branded design for the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Pops, upgraded features, a streamlined navigation, and a content rich experience for visitors.

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“Star Trek: Live in Concert” and “Michael W. Smith: The Spirit of Christmas” Tickes On Sale May 27

Among the many thrilling programs to be offered during the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2015-16 Season are “Star Trek: Live in Concert” on Saturday, October 17 and “Michael W. Smith: The Spirit of Christmas” on Tuesday, December 8. Tickets to these concerts range from $25 - $100 and are on sale to the public May 27.

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“Brookby Enchanted” Transforms Iconic Grand Rapids Estate with Fairy House Show

The Blodgett Estate, a historical Grand Rapids landmark on the grounds of Aquinas College, will be transformed into a fairy garden during the month of June.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Society Holds Annual Meeting

The Grand Rapids Symphony Society held its annual meeting on May 14 in Grand Rapids to appoint its leadership for the upcoming season.

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David Lockington Conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection” at Final Concert

Music Director David Lockington will conduct his last concerts in the role on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 8:00 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall as a part of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series.

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Four Pillar Arts Organizations and 1,500 Performers Collaborate for One Night on One Stage

On April 24, 8:00 p.m. at the Van Andel Arena, four major arts organizations will come together with over 1,500 performers for LiveArts, an once-in-a-lifetime arts experience that will entertain, inspire and enliven the senses.

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World Class Artists Abound in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2015-2016 Concert Season

Today the Grand Rapids Symphony announced its 2015-2016 Season, presenting world class soloists and conductors as the Grand Rapids Symphony continues its exciting search for a new Music Director.

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Grand Rapids Pops Announces Sale for Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

The Grand Rapids Pops is among 30 orchestras in the country that will present the official Pokémon live orchestral concert, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, in a new tour announced today by The Pokémon Company International and Princeton Entertainment.

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2015 Grand Rapids Symphony Bach Festival Brings Music to Unexpected Places

The week of March 15 – 21 ushers in the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, sharing the power of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in both traditional and unexpected settings.

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Tickets Now Available for 2015 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

The music of Neil Diamond, Tchaikovsky, Billy Joel, Elton John and Five for Fighting will fill the valley at Cannonsburg Ski Area this July for the Grand Rapids Pop’s 2015 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops.

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GRS Receives Getty Grant to Develop Music for Health Program

Grand Rapids Symphony is one of only twenty-two orchestras from across the United States selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants.

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Bob Bernhardt Named New Principal Pops Conductor

Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Pops audiences will experience an exciting new leader of the orchestra’s popular programming next season. Bob Bernhardt has been named as the new Principal Pops Conductor.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Presents “rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes,” Feb. 7

At “rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes,” the Grand Rapids Symphony will present an immersive experience linking music from revered video game franchises with high-definition gameplay footage.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced yesterday that the Grand Rapids Symphony is one of 163 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Embarks on Music Director Search

Exceptional conductors from around the world will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in concerts as the orchestra plans for the conclusion of David Lockington’s remarkable tenure as Music Director.

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GRS Musicians Celebrate Pilot of Music for Health Initiative

For the patients of Spectrum Health’s Neuro Rehabilitation Services, the power of music extends beyond the concert hall.

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