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See and hear 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' like you've never seen it before with Grand Rapids Pops

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 11-03-2016 under NONPROFITS

Composer John Williams is the best-known film composer of modern times. Winner of five Academy Awards for films including "Jaws" and "Schindler’s List," Williams is that master at setting the scene for an epic battle...

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Romantic Rachmaninoff

by (KDL)

Submitted 11-03-2016 under

Often referred to as “the last of the Romantic composers,” Sergei Rachmaninoff avoided the experimental techniques (such as 12-tone and atonal music) used by many early 20th Century composers in favor of the richness of harmony and...

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Ride The Rapid in November to sip local and enjoy arts and culture

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 11-02-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

The days are growing shorter and the weather colder. But staying inside doesn't have to mean missing out on fun events and destinations throughout the city. Music, shopping, theater, cocktails -- November has it all. As you gear up for the...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger, with fire in his belly and a magic wand in his hand, makes debut as Music Director

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 10-31-2016 under OPINION

A new era begins for the Grand Rapids Symphony. Marcelo Lehninger, the new Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, ascended the podium in DeVos Performance Hall for the first time to lead his orchestra. He descended to enthusiastic...

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Grand Rapids Pops' DreamWorks Animation in Concert - an epic evening of entertainment

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 10-27-2016 under OPINION

DreamWorks Animation, for more than 20 years, has been bringing cinematic magic to the Silver Screen. Grand Rapids Symphony, for 86 years, has been engaging audiences with the sonic sensation of live music. Put them together and you have sonic...

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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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Rachmaninoff Rhapsody delights, but Concerto for Orchestra delivers brilliant Grand Rapids Symphony performance

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 10-18-2016 under OPINION

One of the great pleasures of art is the delights and discoveries you encounter along the way. Grand Rapids Symphony’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini easily transported its listeners to...

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Grand Rapids Symphony goes clubbing at UICA for ArtPrize Eight

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 09-27-2016 under NONPROFITS

ArtPrize, Grand Rapids’ radically open art exhibition, is the place to see great art, bad art, big art, unexpected art and a whole lot more. A radical exhibition, expected to draw 400,000 visitors for the next two weeks, deserves radical music...

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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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