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Devos Hall

Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger's mother, pianist Sonia Goulart, joins orchestra for Chopin and Brahms

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Submitted 05-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

Some pregnant women will make a special effort to listen to classical music in hopes of inducing the “Mozart Effect” on their child-to-be. All Sonia Goulart had to do was go about her normal daily life. The Brazilian pianist taught music...

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Grand Rapids Pops plays the great musical themes from 'Star Wars,' 'Star Trek,' 'Lord of the Rings' and more, May 10-12

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Submitted 05-08-2019 under NONPROFITS

At Disneyland, the grand opening of Galaxy Edge’s theme park, complete with new music, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, by John Williams, is just weeks away. In Grand Rapids, you can get your Star Wars fix in DeVos Hall this...

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Grammy Award winner from West Michigan joins Grand Rapids Symphony and Choruses for massive Mahler Symphony No. 3

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Submitted 04-10-2019 under NONPROFITS

Michelle DeYoung, a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, was born in Grand Rapids into a musical family while her father was studying at Calvin Theological Seminary to become a minister. Growing up in Colorado, DeYoung followed in the footsteps...

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Grand Rapids Symphony features International Tchaikovsky Competition medalist playing Rachmaninoff's popular Piano Concerto No. 2

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Submitted 03-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

Seven years ago, pianist George Li was named a Gilmore Young Artist of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and made his debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A for the symphony’s...

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' comes to the GR Pops stage, March 8-10

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Submitted 03-06-2019 under NONPROFITS

Famed film composer Hans Zimmer thought The Lion King and Gladiator were great projects, which is why he signed up to compose the music for those films. When director Gore Verbinski invited the film composer of Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy...

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Grand Rapids Symphony holds 5th Grade Concert for an audience of just one lucky child

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Submitted 02-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids Symphony Fifth Grade Concerts typically bring 15,000 to 16,000 elementary school students downtown to DeVos Performance Hall each February for a live performance with a real symphony orchestra playing music by Bach, Beethoven and...

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Grand Rapids Symphony welcomes Itzhak Perlman, Olga Kern, 'Ghostbusters,' 'Up,' 'Home Alone' for 90th anniversary season

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Submitted 02-01-2019 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids Symphony’s 90th anniversary season, by the numbers, could hardly be more impressive. The 2019-20 season opening in September welcomes Itzhak Perlman, one of the greatest violinists of our time, performing with the Grand Rapids...

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GR Pops welcomes trumpeter Byron Stripling for a blast of ragtime, blues and 'all that jazz' Friday through Sunday

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Submitted 01-24-2019 under NONPROFITS

The great jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong spent his life traveling the world as an ambassador for the musical form that’s America’s greatest contribution to the arts. Trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling has lived a similar life, performing...

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Grand Rapids Symphony welcomes Spanish guitarist, Grand Rapids Ballet for a weekend of Spanish and Latin American Music

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Submitted 01-15-2019 under NONPROFITS

Astor Piazzolla, who is to the tango what John Philip Sousa is to the march, grew up in Argentina, playing tangos on the bandoneon, an instrument related to the accordion. Determined to become a serious composer of classical music, Piazzolla spent a...

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Cirque stars celebrate the season in Grand Rapids Symphony's Cirque de Noel

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Submitted 12-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Twinkling lights on evergreen trees with presents all around. Sleigh rides on new-fallen snow, partridges in pear trees, surrounded by ladies dancing while pipers pipe and drummers drum. When you think about it, Christmas not only is the most...

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