Category: Grand Rapids Ballet

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony heats up winter with sizzling Spanish and Latinx music

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Winter definitely has arrived in Michigan, but if you were in the audience with the Grand Rapids Symphony on Friday, it was easy to forget the chilly winds and flurries headed our way. Sizzling Spanish music by Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo and lush Latinx music by Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera filled an evening with music to warm every heart in DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, Jan. 18. In short, it was just what the doctor ordered as an... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, January 19, 2019

Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates the season with Grand Rapids Ballet and 'The Nutcracker' Ballet, Dec. 1-10

Of all of the Christmas traditions you know and love, one of the most beloved is seeing and hearing The Nutcracker. In West Michigan, what you see is Grand Rapids Ballet dance its version of the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Doll. What you hear is the Grand Rapids Symphony performing Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s magical score. “When done right, it’s magic,” said GRS Associate Conductor John Varineau, who for many years has conducted the Grand... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Why Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Peter and the Wolf' remains a popular show for children of all ages

“Peter and the Wolf,” Sergei Prokofiev's tale of a brave, young boy who captures a big, bad wolf, is a story most any young children will enjoy, even without a video game. With the Grand Rapids Symphony plus dancers from Grand Rapids Ballet, no video screens or soundbars are needed. The hand-held controller is wielded by Associate Conductor John Varineau, leading performances of the classic Russian tale, featuring narrator Edye Evans Hyde. Public performances of the ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony enriches Grand Rapids Ballet's annual productions of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet is one of the most enduring of all American holiday traditions. Never mind that the original story was written by a German, that the music was composed by a Russian or the choreography was created by a French choreographer and his Russian assistant. Nor that a Russian ballet master introduced the mostly forgotten ballet to audiences in the 1950s. George Balanchine’s version of The Nutcracker for New York City Ballet, which the company continues to... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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