Brothers and fellow podiatrists Bill and Jim Gray receive rock star treatment when they attend performances in other countries. However, they still remain largely unknown in the United States for their work to establish a world-class brass band named for their native Battle Creek.

Getting A Handel on the “Messiah”

Written by Reporter's Notebook by Samara Napolitan | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

Every season, choristers congregate between poinsettias and evergreens to lend their voices to the holiday spectacle. Among the winter-themed carols and sacred songs on concert programs, a venerable Yuletide musical tradition almost always claims a spot in the lineup: George Frederick Handel’s Messiah

When budget cuts hit schools, the axe falls first on anything that’s not considered a “core subject.” For many school administrators, music education falls into the category of a luxury, rather than a necessity. In fact, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) put math, reading, science and social studies above all else. The arts simply weren’t considered essential to being “career ready.”

Raymond Harvey has led the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for 18 years, but at the end of the 2016-2017 season, someone else will take the stand.

It depends on who you ask, but Gustave Flaubert’s literary masterpiece “Madame Bovary” is about either a hapless dreamer or an adulterous drama queen.

When patrons visit National Parks, they expect to hear the wild sounds of nature — the wolves howling, geysers churning and insects humming, but perhaps not plucked spines of an amplified cactus.

Gilmore Collection’s new downtown Grand Rapids venue set to open

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 13 September 2016 12:48 |

The Gilmore Collection, owners and operators of restaurant facilities like The B.O.B., today unveiled details for the under-construction music venue in downtown Grand Rapids.

For the first time in 17 years, the Grand Rapids Symphony has a new music director. Marcelo Lehninger — replacing David Lockington, who held the position for 16 years — was the symphony's guest conductor in both February 2015 and April 2016. 

Revue talked with Lehninger about his interests, his musical philosophy, and his plans for the symphony. 

GR Symphony’s Picnic Pops Hosts Boyz II Men, Bowie Tribute

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 14 July 2016 07:59 |

Bursting with star power, the Grand Rapids Symphony kicks off its 2016 Picnic Pops series with another explosive Classical Fireworks show on July 14.

The season, which runs mid-July through early August, also includes performances showcasing the music of legendary rock musicians Queen, The Beach Boys and David Bowie. Then, R&B superstars Boyz II Men join the symphony live onstage Aug. 4 for a one-night-only event to cap off the series. 

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