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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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Grand Rapids Symphony's David Lockington returns to DeVos Hall for marvelous debut as Music Director Laureate

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 11-22-2016 under OPINION

Every concert the Grand Rapids Symphony gives in DeVos Performance Hall is planned a long time in advance. One year ago, when the orchestra prepared the program for this week’s concerts, it was a natural fit to give the world premiere of a...

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Mathias Alten painting inspires Grand Rapids Symphony cellist to compose original work for orchestra

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 11-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

Mathias Alten, whose paintings can be found throughout West Michigan, may be the most important artist Grand Rapids ever has produced. In 2008, an early 20th-century landscape by Alten was featured on PBS-TV’s “Antiques Road Show,...

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'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' is inspiring, with live music from the Grand Rapids Symphony, it's thrilling

by (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 11-08-2016 under OPINION

"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" was one of film composer John Williams’ greatest triumphs. Typically, the way films are made, composers are brought on board as a film is being edited. After viewing the final cut, they have mere weeks to...

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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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GR Ladies Rock Mulligan's for Halloween benefit concert

by (Ben Wesley)

Submitted 10-24-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

The thirty-one days of Halloween are in full swing here in Grand Rapids, MI, where locals cheerfully greet sweater weather and warm up with beer city’s eclectic tastes. Thursday night series with Atmospheric Promotions continues into October,...

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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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