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JoAnn Falletta, trailblazing female conductor, joins Grand Rapids Symphony for concerts in DeVos Hall

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 03-21-2017 under NONPROFITS

JoAnn Falletta, as a child, dreamed of growing up and becoming an orchestra conductor when girls weren’t supposed to think such thoughts. After all, there were none when the New York City native enrolled in Mannes School of Music in the early...

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Grand Rapids Pops St. Patrick's Day celebration welcomes Irish singer Cathie Ryan from Detroit

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Submitted 03-14-2017 under NONPROFITS

Cathie Ryan teaches Irish myth and folklore and regularly leads tours of Ireland, which might come as a surprise since she’s a singer and songwriter. It might be even more of a surprise once you learn she isn’t from Dublin, she’s...

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The Right Now returns to Founders Brewing to kick off eight show tour

by (brittany.devon)

Submitted 03-03-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

The Right Now is an example of the collaboration of pop and soul music. TRN has been a band since 2008. Celebrating catchy songwriting with inspiring messages, TRN has been touring on and off since 2009 and released two acclaimed albums in that time...

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Big voice of Lalah Hathaway, big sound of Grand Rapids Symphony, sell out 'Symphony with Soul' in DeVos Hall

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 02-23-2017 under OPINION

The Grand Rapids Symphony set out 15 years ago to do something it had never done before - fill the better part of DeVos Performance Hall with people who likely had never been to a symphony orchestra concert before. Fill it they did on Saturday,...

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Marcelo Lehninger's 2017-18 season with Grand Rapids Symphony includes tour to New York City's Carnegie Hall with pianist Nelson Freire

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Submitted 02-15-2017 under NONPROFITS

When Marcelo Lehninger was appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, he made clear his intentions for the next five years. Grand Rapids Symphony would become an orchestra that not only plays great music for its audiences, it also would...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger makes momentous debut in St. Cecilia Music Center

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Submitted 01-11-2017 under OPINION

A new artistic leader’s arrival in a new home is a series of firsts. There’s the first announcement, first public appearance, first performance and on it goes. January's first was Music Director Marcelo Lehninger’s debut in St...

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Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy and more at Grand Rapids Symphony's 'Video Games Live!'

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 01-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

You’ve spent countless hours playing Mario™, Zelda™, Halo®, and Final Fantasy®. You know every tip and every twist. The upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has you waiting with baited breath. You...

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Christmas is in the air at Grand Rapids Symphony's Cirque de Noel shows

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Submitted 12-21-2016 under NONPROFITS

Christmas is in the air. You can see it in the eyes of a child, gazing on holiday decorations. You can hear it in the voices of carolers. In DeVos Performance Hall this week, you really will be able to see it and hear it in the air. The Grand Rapids...

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Grand Rapids Ballet's 'The Nutcracker,' featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony, is a West Michigan tradition

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 12-14-2016 under NONPROFITS

The Nutcracker Ballet is one of the most enduring of all American holiday traditions. Never mind that the original story was written by a German, that the music was composed by a Russian or the choreography was created by a French choreographer and...

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Grand Rapids Symphony's Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops ushers in the most wonderful time of the year

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 12-06-2016 under OPINION

When the holidays beckon, it’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a musician. It’s even better to be in the audience at the Grand Rapids Pops. The weather outside wasn’t frightful, but the music sure was delightful for...

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