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Grand Rapids Symphony's Marcelo Lehninger's mother, pianist Sonia Goulart, joins orchestra for Chopin and Brahms

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Submitted 05-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

Some pregnant women will make a special effort to listen to classical music in hopes of inducing the “Mozart Effect” on their child-to-be. All Sonia Goulart had to do was go about her normal daily life. The Brazilian pianist taught music...

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Grand Rapids Pops plays the great musical themes from 'Star Wars,' 'Star Trek,' 'Lord of the Rings' and more, May 10-12

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Submitted 05-08-2019 under NONPROFITS

At Disneyland, the grand opening of Galaxy Edge’s theme park, complete with new music, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, by John Williams, is just weeks away. In Grand Rapids, you can get your Star Wars fix in DeVos Hall this...

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Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates women with music composed by women, featuring a female trombone soloist

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Submitted 04-30-2019 under NONPROFITS

Casual fans of classical music sometimes wonder about such terms as “concerto.” Generally speaking, it’s a piece for a featured soloist plus orchestra. If you want to drill down a little further, it’s a showpiece for a...

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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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