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April 24, 2015

Live Arts Grand Rapids

Live arts grand rapids is an epic storytelling adventure that infuses immersive sound with visual adrenaline. Both contemporary and classical, it is a performing arts life experience that will both entertain and enliven the senses.

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS "The Swan" from Carnival of the Animals
GIACOMO PUCCINI "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera
CARL ORFF Selections from Carmina Burana
JOHN WILLIAMS Summon the Heroes
JOHN WILLIAMS Superman March
SEAN IVORY "I Will Rise"
Ludwig Van Beethoven Finale from Symphony No. 9


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Live Arts Grand Rapids Chairs

85th Season Chairs
Peg Breon
Jim Preston

85th Season Honorary Chairs and LiveArts Co-Chairs
Dan and Pamella DeVos

85th Season Fund-Raising Committee
Mike and Lynette Ellis
Earl and Donnalee Holton
Kevin and Gina Paul
Kate Pew Wolters

Live Arts Grand Rapids community youth participants

Ada Elementary

Ada Vista Elementary  

Alger Middle School  

Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

CA Frost Environmental Science Academy

Central Woodlands   

Coit Creative Arts Academy   

Collins Elementary   

East Grand Rapids Middle School

East Kentwood High School  

Forest Hills Central Middle School

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center

Goodwillie Environmental School

Grand Rapids City High/Middle School   

Grand Rapids African American Youth Chorus

Grandville High School

Knapp Forest Elementary    

Meadow Brook Elementary 

Orchard View Elementary   

Pine Ridge Elementary   

Sand Lake Elementary   

Thornapple Elementary         

 Vocal Soloists:

Alexandra LoBianco, soprano

Chelsea Helm, soprano

Dinyar Vania, tenor

Mark Rucker, baritone

Laurie Veldheer, vocalist  

Joe Carroll, vocalist

Live Arts grand rapids artistic operations


David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director

Patricia Barker, Grand Rapids Ballet Artistic Director

Duane Davis, Opera Grand Rapids Chorus Master

Pearl Shangkuan, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Director

John P. Varineau, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony
and Classical Orchestra Conductor

Sean Ivory, Grand Rapids Youth Chorus Director


Jeffrey Buchman, LiveArts Artistic Director and Designer 

Alain Lores, LiveArts Video Designer 

Marshall Yoder, LiveArts Technical Director 

David DiManna, LiveArts Video Director

Andy Terzes, Photo Essay

Live Arts Grand Rapids Sponsors

85th Season Sponsor
The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation

Presenting Sponsor
The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
Karl and Patti Betz

Principal Sponsors
Edith Blodgett Legacy Fund of the Brookby Foundation
Steelcase Inc.

Major Sponsor
Huntington Bank

Bronze Sponsors
The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
Spectrum Health
Kate Pew Wolters

Benefactor Sponsors
SMG Management
Wolverine Worldwide

Partner Sponsors
Chairperson’s Council:
Joe and Carole Davio
Paul and Bridget Farr
Wally and Becky Knack
John and Judy Schneider

Rick and Peg Breon
David and Joyce Hecht & Mart and Dottie Johnson
Jack H. Miller
Meg and Greg Willit

Patron Sponsors

Blue Lake Public Radio
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Frey Foundation
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Herman Miller Cares
VanderWeide Family Foundation

Contributor Sponsors
Jason and Tina Decker & Seth and Ruthann Wolk
Rick and Melissa DeVos
The Keeler Foundation
Northern Trust Bank
John and Judy Spoelhof
WGVU Public Media

Underwriter Sponsors
Jim and Kathleen Buzzitta
Mike and Lynette Ellis
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Earl and Donnalee Holton
Hope Network
J.C. Huizenga
Jim and Ginger Jurries
The Keeler Foundation
Peter T. Kjome and Kristen Morrison
Ray Loeschner
Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors
MLive Media Group - The Grand Rapids Press
Tim and Karen O'Donovan
Peter and Carroll Perez
Pioneer Construction
Jim and Marie Preston
Larry and Sally Robson
Jerry L. and Marcia D. Tubergen Foundation
David and Carol Van Andel Foundation

Friend of the Arts Sponsors
AMDG Architects
John and Sharon Bouma
The Brooks Family - Holland
Calvin College
Sam and Janene Cummings
Integrated Architecture
Kennari Consulting
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Bonnie Miller
Bill and Pat Mills
Norris, Perne and French LLP
Reagan Marketing + Design
Peter P. and Patricia Renucci
RoMan Manufacturing
Peter and Joan Secchia


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Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm


300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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DAY 616.454.9451, Ext. 4
EVE 616.885.1241

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