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Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates 89th birthday with music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

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Submitted 01-08-2019 under NONPROFITS

In the 1920s, there really were only two ways to hear music. Commercial radio, which made its debut in the early 1920s, was still in its infancy. You could listen to 3 ½ minutes’ worth of music on a 10-inch 78 rpm record before you had...

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Frank Sinatra's biggest hits come to Grand Rapids Symphony stage in 'Sinatra and Beyond,' Nov 9-11

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Submitted 11-06-2018 under NONPROFITS

Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century as well as one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Twenty years before fans screamed themselves hoarse at the sight of The Beatles, bobbysoxers worked...

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Leonard Bernstein protege will lead Grand Rapids Symphony in 100th birthday celebration concert

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Submitted 10-30-2018 under NONPROFITS

Leonard Bernstein, a pianist, conductor, recording artist and larger-than-life personality, almost certainly is the greatest American-born musician the world has yet seen. He composed musicals such as “West Side Story,” operettas such as...

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'Bach and Beyond' opens Grand Rapids Symphony's Great Eras series Friday and Saturday

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Submitted 10-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

Johann Sebastian Bach, of all the great composers of classical music, reigns supreme. Yet the composer that Beethoven called “the immortal god of harmony” had his favorite composers as well. When Bach happened upon a Concerto for Oboe...

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Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Grand Rapids Symphony for one of its greatest concerts ever

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Submitted 10-09-2018 under OPINION

DeVos Performance Hall, since it opened in 1980s, has seen many great performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony. Friday’s concert featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet under Music Director Marcelo Lehninger surely will go down in history as one of...

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One of the world's best-known, best-dressed pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, joins Symphony this weekend

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Submitted 10-02-2018 under NONPROFITS

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s concert seasons are filled with appearances with important orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and collaborations with major artists such as Renee Fleming and Sarah Chang. A familiar face on the...

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Grand Rapids Symphony bids farewell to Rich DeVos to open 2018-19 season

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Submitted 09-18-2018 under OPINION

The Grand Rapids Symphony would not be the orchestra it is today were it not for Rich and Helen DeVos. Forty-five years ago, the DeVoses funded the first five full-time musicians in the Grand Rapids Symphony – two violins, a viola, a cello and a...

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Grand Rapids Symphony will remember philanthropist Rich DeVos at season-opening concerts Friday, Saturday

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Submitted 09-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

Rich DeVos, businessman and community leader, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was a dear friend and stalwart support of the Grand Rapids Symphony. In memory of DeVos who died last week at age 92, the Grand Rapids Symphony will...

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Blast of Beethoven kicks off Grand Rapids Symphony's exciting 2018-19 season

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Submitted 09-04-2018 under NONPROFITS

  At the climax of the 2010 film “The King’s Speech,” King George VI overcomes the stutter he’s had since childhood to announce that Great Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. As Colin Firth, who portrays King George, addresses the British...

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Grand Rapids Symphony opens season with celebrated violinist Sarah Chang and Ravel's Bolero

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Submitted 09-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Violinist Sarah Chang is one of classical music's biggest and best-known soloists. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant followed by the Avery Fisher Prize in 1999, Chang became the youngest inductee to-date in Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of...

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