The Grand Rapids Symphony offers special events throughout the year to engage patrons while raising funds for the Symphony. Ticket sales contribute less than half of what is needed to maintain an outstanding orchestra for our community. Donations, sponsorships and fundraising events are a vital part of supporting your Symphony. 

Upcoming Events

Celebration of Soul: February 11, 2023

Celebration of Soul is a celebratory event that coincides with the annual Symphony with Soul performance and honors the accomplishments of individuals and organizations who champion the importance of diversity, inclusion and bridge-building in West Michigan. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s commitment to establishing a diverse community reverberates in all the orchestra’s programs and our services and programs. This is reflected in the selection of our featured guest artists, composers and conductors who embrace diversity, Symphony musicians who donate their time, as well as Symphony music education programs that serve schools in which arts education is a fraction of the curriculum. 

Central to the Celebration of Soul event is the presentation of the Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Awards, which were established to honor individuals and organizations for their on-going diversity efforts and accomplishments. The award celebrates an organization or person's distinguished leadership and on-going commitment to advancing engagement, inclusion and diversity. A recipient is a leader that successfully models diversity and inclusion in their profession or industry. They are inspirational, consistent and innovative and encourage others to be culturally competent. The Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Awards give the community the opportunity to recognize honorees for their commitment to diversity, education, and bridging cultural differences. 

Gateway to Music Luncheon: April 19, 2023

Join us for this engaging luncheon to experience and learn about our transformative educational and access programs.  
This luncheon supports Gateway to Music, a matrix of 17 music education and access programs, which reach West Michigan, with a majority of participants coming from underrepresented and underserved communities. Students, adults, and senior citizens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, as well as people with disabilities, benefit from Grand Rapids Symphony’s commitment to being a more integral and indispensable part of the West Michigan community. 

Allegro Lounge: Classical, Pops, and Pianist Concert Nights 

Please visit the Allegro  Lounge on the Loge level (3rd floor, house left) of DeVos Performance Hall starting 20 minutes before curtain and at intermission to enjoy a drink with your favorite Symphony friends.* 

The Allegro Lounge will be open for all our evening Classical, Pops, and Pianist series concerts this season. Visit the lounge for a complimentary glass of wine, beer, soda, coffee, tea, or sparkling water and mingle with other Symphony family members and musicians. 

We look forward to seeing you in the lounge soon and thank you for supporting the Grand Rapids Symphony! 

Want to bring a big group or have additional questions? Contact: 
Ellie Seaman 
Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator 
(616) 454-9451 ext. 149 
Send Ellie an email 

*The Allegro Lounge is one of the many ways we thank our Board and Committee members, Foundation Trustees, Corporate Partners, and Symphony Supporters.  To attend the Allegro Lounge, you must be an active Board or Committee Member, Foundation Trustee, Corporate Partner, or Symphony Supporter with a recent annual giving total of $1,000 or more. Capacity is limited, but attendees may bring a guest.