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Opera GR appoints new artistic director

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 06 February 2017 16:43 |

Opera Grand Rapids has hired Maestro James Meena as its new artistic director, beginning in the 2017-2018 season.

Review: Grand Rapids Symphony uniquely captures complexity of Mozart, Mahler

Written by Samara Napolitan | Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:50 |

At “Mozart, Mahler and Marcelo,” the Grand Rapids Symphony presented an evening of musical contrasts.

Songs We Like: 2016 Staff Picks

Written by WYCE staff | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:38 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it via wyce.org. 

This month, we bring you a streaming playlist highlighting 25 of the best songs released from Grand Rapids in 2016. 

Cloud Nothings tour new record at Calvin College

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:52 |

As a college dropout, the irony of performing on a campus isn’t lost on Cloud Nothings vocalist/guitarist Dylan Baldi.

The 25-year-old musician only spent two months at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, where he majored in music and audio recording technology, before starting Cloud Nothings in his parents’ basement at age 18.

Music soon became his escape — both from college and Cleveland — as the tracks he created at home on Garageband generated buzz via MySpace back in 2009, when it was still capable of breaking bands into the indie-rock blogosphere.

The story behind 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids' newest music venue, which opens on Feb. 1 and will host The Flaming Lips in April. “I don’t have to beg people to come to Grand Rapids anymore," said Josh Newman, promoter and talent buyer for Live Nation.

ESME: A String Group for the Age of Musical Omnivores

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:00 |

In an age of effortless access to music of all kinds, exploring the commonalities between seemingly disparate music styles is one way to make sense of it all. Violinist Gene Hahn and cellist Jeremy Crosmer are doing just that, deconstructing the stigmas associated with different genres through their acoustic string group, ESME. 

Review: Spektral Quartet Previews New Concert Program at the GRAM

Written by Samara Napolitan | Monday, 23 January 2017 09:39 |

A packed crowd greeted the Spektral Quartet on Sunday as the four musicians took their seats and Grand Rapids Art Museum staff members set up extra chairs for a handful of stragglers. Violist Doyle Armbrust began by introducing his colleagues, including violinist Maeve Feinberg in her first public appearance with the group. Armbrust also took a moment to note that Spektral’s latest album, Serious Business, received a Grammy nomination last month.

Songs We Like, Vol. 15: The Jammies Edition

Written by Yong Los, WYCE intern | Monday, 09 January 2017 14:09 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it via wyce.org. 

This month, we bring you a streaming playlist highlighting 25 of the best songs released from Grand Rapids in 2016. 

Peter Kjome’s history with the Grand Rapids Symphony goes back to 1990, when he first joined the organization as a musician. But it’s his time as president and CEO that Kjome will be remembered for when he steps down in January to embark on a similar role with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

Connections Across Centuries: Spektral Quartet Preview New Concert Series at the GRAM

Written by Samara Napolitan | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

When the members of the Spektral Quartet say they have a broad appetite for different styles of music, they mean it. 

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