Nearly 13 years ago, the Grand Rapids Symphony traveled to New York City to make its Carnegie Hall debut, a major milestone in the history of the orchestra.
WOOD TV8 traveled to the Big Apple with the Grand Rapids Symphony and captured the highlights for a special-event broadcast that aired in June.
If you missed it, you can see at again on Sunday. “Grand Rapids Symphony at Carnegie Hall” airs at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 on WXSP-TV. In affiliate of WOOD-TV can be found on Channel 15 on Comcast, Channel 16 on Charter Cable, and Channel 6 on U-Verse TV. Consult your channel guide for more information.
In April, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, who previously led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, led the orchestra and Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus in an exciting evening of Brazilian and Spanish music, some of which hadn’t been heard in Carnegie Hall since 1959.
Guest pianist Nelson Freire, who made his fifth appearance in the 127-year-old auditorium, joined the orchestra to perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Momoprecoce and Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
The Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, whose director, Pearl Shangkuan, had conducted and sung previously in Carnegie Hall, made its debut singing Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Chôros No.10 “Rasga o Coração” (It Tears your Heart).
The 134-voice chorus also joined the orchestra to sing Gabriel Faure’s Pavane in F-sharp minor as an encore for the audience of over 2,300.
Eva Aguirre Cooper, Community Affairs Director at WOOD TV8, accompanied the Grand Rapids Symphony to New York City for the two-day trip, taking viewers behind the scenes from rehearsals to receptions, including interviews with musicians, conductors, audience members and a brief appearance by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus on NBC-TV’s “Today Show” with Hoda Kotb.
Hundreds of supporters, patrons and fans traveled from Grand Rapids to New York City for the Carnegie Hall performance on Friday, April 20. Hundreds more from the New York City area were special guests of the Grand Rapids Symphony thanks to its Symphony Scorecard program.
Special guests also included Mauro Vieira, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, and Frederico S. Duque Estrada Meyer, Deputy Permanent Representative, both based in New York City.
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