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Enjoy the ravishing theme from Somewhere in Time with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Oct. 7-8

Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Joyce Yang is soloist in DeVos Performance Hall



Media are invited to attend the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Paganini Variations, featuring guest pianist Joyce Yang playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring the melody that led Christopher Reeve to travel back in time and fall in love with Jane Seymour in the 1980 film, Somewhere in Time, which was filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.


Yang, the Silver Medalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, met her husband, Richard Cassarino, assistant principal bassist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, when she performed that very work in 2013 with the ASO. The couple were married this past August.


During intermission, sample the Grand Rapids Symphony’s signature cocktail for the 2016-17 season. At every concert this season in the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series, try a “Spirit of the Symphony,” also called a “French 75.”


Guest conductor Perry So, who wowed Grand Rapids with a dynamic performance last spring, returns to conduct exciting and entertaining overtures by Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. Your Grand Rapids Symphony is featured in Witold Lutosławski’s challenging Concerto for Orchestra.


Upbeat, a free, pre-concert, multi-media presentation, sponsored by BDO USA, will be held before each performance at 7 p.m. in the DeVos Place Recital Hall.




8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, 2016



DeVos Performance Hall

303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503



  • Review performance
  • Interviews with guest conductors
  • Interviews with members of the Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Interviews with guest artists



About the Grand Rapids Symphony
Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are given each year, touching the lives of some 200,000, nearly half of whom are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities all reached through extensive education and community service programs. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. GRS sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival and provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet.


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