Grand Rapids Symphony to stream fall 2020 programs

Posted on: August 27, 2020

The Grand Rapids Symphony and Music Director Marcelo Lehninger have announced that the orchestra will re-unite for the first time since March to perform six virtual programs this fall. Concerts will be delivered via live stream from multiple stages at the Van Andel Arena and a chamber setting at St. Cecilia Music Center; concerts will include a live audience if health and safety requirements allow. The season will open on September 25 at Van Andel Arena with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet ballet, featuring the orchestra and Grand Rapids Ballet; the program also will spotlight accordionist Michael Schaeffer, Assistant Concertmaster Grace Kim, and Assistant Principal Cello Andrew Laven. In October, Lehninger will serve as pianist and conductor for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and a November program will feature chamber arrangements of music from Final Fantasy video games. Among guest performers on various programs will be vocalist Edye Evans Hyde, guitarist Mike Hyde, violinist Joshua Bell, and soprano Larisa Martinez. The orchestra plans to return to DeVos Performance Hall in January 2021, with 2021 programming to be announced at a later date.