It has been roughly 180 years since Frederic Chopin composed his piano etudes. In proficient hands, these brief musical exercises sound as fresh and poignant as the time when Chopin first created them. On the fingertips of a fearless and imaginative master, they become individual masterpieces in their own right.

Deaf and Deft: Holland Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of Beethoven

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:53 |

As Beethoven’s hearing retreated, he retreated from society as well, unable to bear the thought of an incurable condition or asking people to speak louder.

For 50 years, Opera Grand Rapids has assembled the region’s finest vocal talents, animated timeless stories and characters onstage, and sustained a grand artistic tradition in the community.

To connect and integrate more deeply with all generations and cultures, arts organizations across the United States are spending more time and energy building their engagement efforts with today’s youth. While these organizations have a strong interest in increasing participation among younger adults, they often struggle to sustain interest and attendance. To better understand the motivations of young people, arts organizations in the area are providing opportunities for teens to lead through their own artistic expression. We talked with a handful of local organizations about what those opportunities look like and why they matter.

Holland Symphony Youth Advisory Committee

Review: Grand Rapids Symphony kicked off the season with talent and feeling

Written by Samara Napolitan | Saturday, 16 September 2017 13:53 |

A hint of dance, a dash of American soul, a splash of color and prodigious talent ushered in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-2018 season on Friday night. This season marks the first under GRS Music Director Lehninger’s full leadership, as well as the orchestra’s return to Carnegie Hall this April.

Classical Music & Jazz 2017-2018 Season Preview

Written by Emily Claus | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:09 |

Classical Music & Jazz 2017-2018 Season Preview

Review: ‘Big Night Out’ is simple, elegant and enjoyable

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:23 |

The five women who perform Kalamazoo’s New Vic Theater’s Big Night Out sing old standards, Broadway classics, as well as songs from more contemporary musicals, and through them, offer what they describe as “a celebration of life.”

Atlantic Arias: Rhea Olivaccé leads a life of music

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:32 |

The tranquil smile Rhea Olivaccé wears as she sings an aria masks the sweat equity she puts in before every performance.

It’s common to see people dancing and singing along at Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán shows. According to Julio Martinez, a harpist who has performed with the band for 22 years, it’s also not out of the ordinary for audience members to cry. The range of emotion Mariachi Vargas elicits is the result of a masterful balance between 120 years of tradition and innovation within their art form.

Review: 'Well Strung' lives up to its name, and then some

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 15 July 2017 13:08 |

It’s not often one attends a string quartet concert and hears witty banter among the players, much less a description of the next arrangement as “an Italian sandwich” or “almost like a tiramisu.”

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