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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 Bach Festival is grand and glorious under inspired leadership of new artistic director Julian Wachner

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Submitted 03-28-2019 under NONPROFITS

Linn Maxwell Keller founded the Grand Rapids Bach Festival to give her community the entertainment and enlightenment of experiencing music by the greatest composer in the history of Western Classical Music. Before her death in 2016, the mezzo...

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Hours after winning Grand Rapids Bach Festival's $10,000 Keller Award, singer makes unexpected debut at 12th biennial festival

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Submitted 03-22-2019 under NONPROFITS

Singers competing for the Linn Maxwell Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award were promised not only a $10,000 prize to encourage and promote their careers, but also the possibility of a future engagement with the Grand Rapids...

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Grand Rapids Bach Festival gets underway with music, yoga, free events, and a $10,000 prize

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Submitted 03-17-2019 under NONPROFITS

New York City’s Trinity Church Wall Street is famous. The church founded in 1697 was the setting for the climax of the 2004 film National Treasure. Its St. Paul’s Chapel, located across the street from the World Trade Center in lower...

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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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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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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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