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

by (ArtswriterGR)

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

by (GRSymphony)

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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Free ArtPrize concerts featuring Grand Rapids Symphony at The Morton, Friday and Saturday

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 09-25-2018 under NONPROFITS

  In Grand Rapids, ArtPrize is one of the biggest cultural events of the year, bringing artists from all over the world to West Michigan to participate in the $500,000 competition. Grand Rapids Symphony has entered the 10th annual exhibition...

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

by (ArtswriterGR)

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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Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli joins Grand Rapids Pops for ‘McCartney and More’ this weekend

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 09-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli has played and recorded with such luminaries as Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Frigo and Buddy DeFranco. He was the opening act on Frank Sinatra’s last tour. But Pizzarelli, age 58, grew up listening to...

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

by (GRSymphony)

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

by (GRSymphony)

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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Wege Foundation awards Grand Rapids Symphony a $1 million grant for diversity, equity and inclusion

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 06-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

For centuries, the mission of an orchestra such as the Grand Rapids Symphony was to make music. In recent times, the job of a performing arts organization also has been to inspire, motivate, educate and nurture its audience. Today, it’s the...

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Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony, plus world premiere, bring Grand Rapids Symphony's season to thrilling conclusion

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 05-22-2018 under OPINION

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the crowing achievements of Western culture. The music, some of Beethoven’s best, stands on its own. Its message that all of humanity is a brotherhood elevates it to a whole new level. In 1989,...

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Enjoy 'Star Wars' and more at Grand Rapids Pops' concerts of movie music of John Williams, May 11-13

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 05-08-2018 under NONPROFITS

Through the medium of music, John Williams has created more heroes and villains than Harry Potter could summon with all his magical powers. The Harry Potter franchise of movies are just some of the many famous films for which Williams has composed...

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