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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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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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Grand Rapids Symphony's Holiday Pops is homegrown entertainment for a hometown audience, Thursday through Sunday

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Submitted 12-04-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Grinch may be down on Christmas, but the voice that sings about the Grinch is anything but. Two years ago, Justin Hopkins, brought the house down in Grand Rapids with his version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” at the Grand...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Mary Tuuk ready to make her passion for music her profession as President

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Submitted 11-27-2018 under NONPROFITS

Mary Tuuk has spent a long career in banking for Fifth Third Bank and in retail with Meijer, Inc. Away from the office, the greatest passion for the singer with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus has been music. Now, she’s about to make her...

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Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus perform music that's 'unfinished, unanswered and incomplete' Friday and Saturday

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Submitted 11-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart surely must have been in love with his wife. There’s little doubt he was afraid of his father. One of the greatest prodigies in the history of music, Mozart spent his childhood traveling across Europe, performing for...

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