West Michigan Symphony’s 75th season to feature works from first performance in 1939

Posted on: September 17, 2014

“The West Michigan Symphony is back for its 75th season, and the performers bring with them a lineup of music, performances and tributes that will highlight the symphony’s past and celebrate its future,” writes Tony Wittkowski on 9/14 (Sunday) at Michigan’s Mlive.com. With a season-opening “Hollywood on the Lakeshore” concert on September 26, “Music Director Scott Speck, who returns for his 12th season on the podium, conducts a symphonic celebration of cinema with recognizable works from current and classic films. ‘The West Michigan Symphony’s extraordinary 75th anniversary season pays tribute to our long history and looks forward to an exciting future,’ Speck said.” Based in Muskegon and formerly known as the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the West Michigan Symphony “plays to a regional audience with eight performances annually at the Frauenthal [Center for Performing Arts], as well as 15 performances at the symphony’s new performance space, The Block. Masterpieces from the symphony’s first performance will make appearances through the season, including Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ Overture and the rarely heard Overture to ‘Il Guarany’ by Carlos Gomes.” The anniversary season, “which features five Masterworks concerts and three Pops performances, will wrap up June 5, 2015, with a performance of ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst.”

Posted September 17, 2014