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West Michigan native lives the dream with Grand Rapids Symphony debut in DreamWorks Animation in Concert

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 10-21-2016 under NONPROFITS

Being in DeVos Performance Hall for the Grand Rapids Pops’ production of DreamWorks Animation in Concert is a dream come true for George Goad. The 2009 Rockford High School graduate won’t be in the audience, though about 25 friends and...

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"Geek culture meets high culture" in "DreamWorks Animation in Concert" with the Grand Rapids Symphony

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 10-18-2016 under NONPROFITS

The tales told in films from DreamWorks Animation are some of the best in contemporary cinema. An unexpected friendship between a hapless, young Viking and a dragon; a surprising romance between an ogre and a princess; and the unexpected adventures...

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Billy Joel or Elton John? Jim Witter gives you both and more to open the Grand Rapids Symphony's 2016-17 Pops Series

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 09-27-2016 under OPINION

Billy Joel or Elton John? It’s a musical variation of the question, “Coke or Pepsi?” Which musician do you prefer? The two piano-playing, singer/songwriters have a lot in common with dozens of hit songs and millions of records sold...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's exciting, new season will have you on the edge of your seat

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 09-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Symphony will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation over the arrival of its new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2016-17 season gets underway today with George Gershwin’s wildly...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's "Rhapsody in Blue"

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 09-01-2016 under

Pianist Ralph Votapek, Gold Medalist in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins Associate Conductor John Varineau and the Grand Rapids Symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, for the opening of the 2016...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's "Rhapsody in Blue"

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 09-01-2016 under

Pianist Ralph Votapek, Gold Medalist in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins Associate Conductor John Varineau and the Grand Rapids Symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, for the opening of the 2016...

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"Carmina Burana" closes Grand Rapids Symphony's season with a spectacular blowout

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 05-11-2016 under NONPROFITS

If you’ve never set foot in a concert hall, never heard a live, symphony orchestra performance, and have no clue who Carl Orff is, it’s still likely you’re familiar with some of his best work. If you’ve seen “Cheaper By...

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Grand Rapids Symphony plays 'Star Wars & More,' film music of John Williams to close 2015-16 Fox Motors Pops Series

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 05-05-2016 under NONPROFITS

John Williams is the most successful film composer in the history of cinema. The facts speak for themselves. The composer for the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as for films such as Jaws and E.T. The Extra-...

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Grand Rapids native brings Broadway home for the holidays

by (Matt)

Submitted 01-09-2013 under OPINION

“It’s as if the stars aligned,” said Brian Martin, 22-year-old cast member of Broadway’s traveling production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. “I’m the only one out of 60 production members who got to be...

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Jane's Addiction's kinky theatre of rock

by (tylersteimle)

Submitted 03-26-2012 under OPINION

After a long intermission following the drums and guitar duo of opening act Black Box Revelation, the blue mood lights finally go dark and a low swirl of static hisses from the PA.  Ferrell's voice breaks in, "I try to find some...

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