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Blast of Beethoven kicks off Grand Rapids Symphony's exciting 2018-19 season

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

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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

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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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Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony Chorus, bound for New York City's Carnegie Hall for Friday concert

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Submitted 04-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

The first time the Grand Rapids Symphony went to New York City, the goal was to go to Carnegie Hall, play a great concert, and show itself to be worthy of the hall that’s arguably the most important in North America. When the ...

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Grand Rapids Symphony set to return to New York City's Carnegie Hall with world-famous pianist, Brazilian music

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Submitted 04-10-2018 under NONPROFITS

The old joke about the world’s most famous concert hall begins, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice,” is the answer. You also roll up your sleeves and work hard to prepare a program,...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Holiday Pops are homegrown fun for a hometown audience

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Submitted 12-12-2017 under NONPROFITS

If you love Christmas, you love Christmas carols, sung by a choir. Join the Grand Rapids Pops for its Wolverine World Wide Holiday Pops, and you get to hear not one but two choirs sing Christmas music. What’s more, you get to sing along too....

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Grand Rapids Pops brings 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' to DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, Saturday

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Submitted 09-28-2017 under NONPROFITS

Harry Potter has a magic that resonates across locations and generations, and this weekend the magic will leap from movie theaters to DeVos Performance Hall in one flick of a wand.  Last season, the Grand Rapids Pops brought the Harry Potter...

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Grand Rapids Symphony opens season with celebrated violinist Sarah Chang and Ravel's Bolero

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Submitted 09-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Violinist Sarah Chang is one of classical music's biggest and best-known soloists. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant followed by the Avery Fisher Prize in 1999, Chang became the youngest inductee to-date in Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of...

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Fireworks, mariachi music wrap up Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops in two special, one-night only shows

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Submitted 08-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, since its debut in 1995, has drawn more than half a million people to Cannonsburg Ski Area. The summer series’ latest fans include Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo...

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Grand Rapids Pops' Music of ABBA has audience dancing the night away

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Submitted 07-14-2017 under OPINION

ABBA has sold nearly 500 million records since the band emerged from Sweden in the north of Europe to take the world by storm. At Thursday’s opening of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, they probably...

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