The Grand Rapids Symphony opens its 2018-2019 season with a new idea,
the TalkBack.


Join violinist Jo Preece as she chats with you and her GRS colleagues after each Friday evening Classical and Great Eras concert about music and life. She will guide casual and wide-ranging conversations building dialogue between the musicians and the community. We hope to see you after the concert.


Friday, November 2
Bernstein's 100th
Immediately following with performance

Bernstein Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" | Bernstein Slava! A Political Overture | Bernstein  Overture to Candide | Bernstein Selections from West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti, Wonderful Town, and Arias and Barcarolles

Topics: A biographical outline for the repertoire | How to approach Bernstein's many musical styles | Bern-STEEN vs. Bern-STINE | The sound and place of Classical music in 100 years


Friday, November 16
Mozart Mass in C Minor
Immediately following the performance

Ives The Unanswered Question | Schubert Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Mozart Mass in C minor

Topics: The musical weight of all 3 pieces | Mass - a musical representation of one's spiritual journey | How to approach unfinished works


Friday, January 11
The Classical Concert: Viennese Masters
 Immediately following the performance

Beethoven Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus | Haydn Symphony No. 89 | Mozart Symphony No. 39

Topics: 
Exploring Classical Period | Baroque to "Modern" instruments | Orchestration and New Harmonies


Friday, January 18
Rhythm of the Dance Immediately following the performance

Falla Suite No. 1 from The Three Cornered Hat | Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez | Gabriella Frank Three Latin American Dances | Piazzolla Two Tangos | Ginastera Four Dances from Estancia

Topics: 
How to play Latin dance music as an American orchestra | Unusual Latin sounds | The connection of physical movement and playing music


Friday, February 8
Tchaikovsky Festival Immediately following the performace

Tchaikovsky At Bedtime | Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33 | Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile for Cello and String Orchestra | Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Topics: 
Love | Passion in Tchaikovsky's music | Souses/Co-workers | Technical demand of Tchaikovsky's compositions


Friday, Februay 22
The Romantic Concert: Bella Italia! Immediately following the performance

Rossini L'italiania in Algeri (An Italian Girl in Algiers) | Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass | Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, "Italian

Topics: How hard is it really, to play the Bottessini Bass Concerto? | The prominence of the Italian vocal repertoire | Why do we love Mendelssohn?


Friday, March 1
David Lockington Conducts Elgar Immediately following the performance

Sawyers Valley of Vision (U.S. Premier) | Walton Concerto for Violin | Elgar Enigma Variations

Topics: 
Friendship | How does a conductor leave their mark on the sound of an orchestra?


Friday, March 15
Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich Immediately following the performance

Kristin Kuster Moxie | Rachmaninoff Concerto for Piano No. 2 | Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Topics: 
The Russian sound | The difference between Rach and Shosti | Emerging new composers


Friday, April 12
Mahler's Symphony No. 3 Immediately following the performance

Mahler Symphony No. 3

Topics: 
The Bim-Bam chorus | The many symbolism of Pan | Mahler's inner struggles | Why musicians love Mahler


Friday, May 3
The 20/21st Century Concert: Celebrating Women Immediately following the performance

Joan Tower Chamber Dance | Anna Clyne Within Her Arms | Ruth Crawford Seeger Andante for Strings | Ruth Crawford Seeger Rissolty Rossolty | David Beidenbender Concerto for Trombone

Topics: 
History of key female figures in classical music | Role of women now | Life is a balancing act - according to a musician


Friday, May 17
Chopin and Brahms: Mother's Day with Maestro Immediately following the performanc

Ravel Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) | Chopin Concerto for Piano No. 2 | Brahms Symphony No. 2

Topics:
 Music for young people | Parent/Child relationship as colleagues in the same field | Music transcends generations