Join the Grand Rapids Symphony in Carnegie Hall when Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra back to the Big Apple in April.

When the Grand Rapids Symphony went to New York City’s Carnegie Hall more than 12 years ago, the orchestra not only brought its musicians, it also brought along much of its audience.

Music Critic Bernard Holland couldn’t help but notice. His review in the New York Times began, "The Grand Rapids Symphony came to Carnegie Hall on Saturday night and brought a good part of the city with it."

Not quite. But then-Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and his wife, Susan, were among more than 1,000 people in the audience of just over 2,000 who had purchased tickets through the Grand Rapids Symphony’s ticket office, just to see their hometown orchestra take the Big Apple by storm.

Grand Rapids Symphony in Carnegie Hall 2005

Now it’s your turn.

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger leads the Grand Rapids Symphony, plus the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, back to New York City in April for a return appearance in Carnegie Hall.

“All the important American orchestras and all the great international orchestras perform at Carnegie Hall,” Lehninger said. “Therefore, it’s a very prestigious event for us.”

You’re invited to join us in one of the world’s greatest concert halls on Friday, April 20, 2018, for an amazing musical experience you’ll never forget.

Our good friends at Witte Travel & Tours in Grand Rapids have organized travel packages just for you to come to New York City to see the Grand Rapids Symphony along with special guest Nelson Freire, one of the world’s most eminent pianists.

Packages range from concert tickets and pre-concert and post-concert receptions to packages including airfare to New York City and hotel accommodations along with concert tickets and receptions.

Airfare choices even include the option of returning to Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 21 or remaining one more day in the “City that Never Sleeps” and returning on Sunday, April 22.

Grand Rapids Symphony’s Carnegie Hall Patron Packages are on sale now through Friday, Dec. 15.

Here’s why you should get a Patron Package from Witte Travel.

  • It Saves Time – You don't need to shop around to make reservations for flights, hotels or concert tickets. Select a package that suits your travel needs. 

  • Early Ticket Availability – Tickets to the Grand Rapids Symphony at Carnegie Hall are not yet for sale anywhere else.

  • Insider Access – Witte’s travel packages include two private receptions with other patrons, Grand Rapids Symphony musicians and staff.

  • Prime Location – Stay right where the action is.  Your accommodations at the JW Marriott Essex House are two blocks from Carnegie Hall, and the post-concert reception will be held in the luxurious hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Competitive Price – Visiting New York City isn’t cheap. Save money by taking advantage of group airfares and group hotel rates, including all taxes and fees. 

  • Peace of Mind – From the airport to the hotel to the concert hall and everything in between, Witte Travel & Tours takes care of the details. All you have to do is enjoy the experience.

Registrations and a deposit of $110 are due by Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Go online to and enter booking code: 041918bort

For more information, call Whitney Llewellyn, Group Tour Specialist, at (616) 954-9676 or email

Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at 11:00
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