Grand Rapids Symphony and chorus perform online “Hallelujah for Hope”

Posted on: April 15, 2020

“Across the nation, live shows, plays and concerts have been canceled, as the arts community feels the effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” reports Aaron Parseghian ​on Sunday (4/12) at Grand Rapids TV station WXMI-TV. “ ‘On March 12 we made our first announcement that we would be canceling concerts through the end of April and then we canceled up to May 10th now,’ Grand Rapids Symphony Vice President and GM Aaron Doty said…. Fortunately in the meantime, they are still able to pay staff and musicians…. The orchestra is adopting a new way to stay home, stay safe, and share their music. The ‘From Our Home to Yours’ series gives viewers an intimate concert every day at 9:00 a.m. ‘It’s a different member of our orchestra, or chorus, or our youth symphony or the youth chorus participating in a solo performance,’ Doty explained…. An even more ambitious performance ​… ‘started with our music director Marcelo Lehninger, who came up with … the Hallelujah Chorus…. He wanted to involve the orchestra and parts of our chorus to create a big, big piece that had a unified message of hope.’… Since posting on Thursday, ‘Hallelujah for Hope’ been viewed more than 100,000 times.”