Grand Rapids' music fall season is just around the corner and I hope you're ready! Here is a peek at two of our region's most renowned musical performance opportunities - definitely add them to your calendar this autumn!

Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony

photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony begins its 85th season and final season with music director David Lockington on September 19 with Beethoven's Fifth, part of its 10-performance Classical series. Throughout this symphony season, you'll enjoy new works, world-famous artists, and an unparalleled musical experience.

photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Symphony

David Lockington conducting; photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Symphony

This fall, in addition to Beethoven's Fifth, mark your calendar for what's sure to be a special night when Dylana Jenson joins her husband and musical director, David Lockington, on stage for Sibelius Violin Concerto (Oct. 10 and 11).

Another don't miss concert will be Mahlers "Resurrection" Symphony No. 2, which doesn't take place until next spring (May 8, 9) but is worth noting now. It's the final concert David Lockington will conduct with the Grand Rapids Symphony, ending his 16-year tenure as musical director. Whether you've enjoyed watching him regularly or have only seem him occasionally, this is one concert you won't want to miss. (You can see the full Grand Rapids Symphony Classical series schedule here.)

In addition to its Classical series, the GR Symphony features several other series to engage kids and adults alike. Check out these links to see their concert schedules for this season:

If you have kids who are full-time students (of any age), they can experience our world-class orchestra for only $5 per performance. Student passport tickets are available for most shows, with a few exceptions. Click here for details on how to participate in the GRS Student Passport program.

To purchase individual or season tickets for the Grand Rapids Symphony, click here.

Opera Grand Rapids

poster art courtesy of Broadway Grand Rapids

poster art courtesy of Grand Rapids Opera

If you love fashion, cocktail parties, and mingling with the stars, Carmen and the Catwalk is right up your alley. This special event kicks off this exciting opera season and includes a pre-show cocktail party at the Amway, a Carmen-inspired runway show, tickets to Carmen, and an evening afterglow where you can share dessert and a champagne toast with Maestro Robert Lyall and the Carmen cast.

Even if you're not familiar with Carmen (Oct. 31 Nov. 1), you may know its sound: Carmen contains some of the best-known operatic arias, like Habanera and Toreador Song. The opera is a skillful amalgam of melody, harmony, and acting that will capture you from the first note. Its also a great first exposure if you're someone who's curious about opera but haven't attended before. People who don't think they know opera will recognize the songs, says Ashley Roberts, Marketing & Communications Manager, Opera Grand Rapids. They've heard them in everything from the Muppets to Major League Baseball.

Also up this season, although not this fall, at Opera Grand Rapids are Noah's Flood (Feb. 13 & 14) and Puccini's enormously powerful Tosca (May 1 & 2). Noah's Flood, will be an interactive celebration. "There's going to be a procession of costumed animals that board the ark that will be one of the highlights of the show," says Roberts. "And at certain times the audience will be asked to participate in singing hymns."

For a completely different experience, grab a friend or two and go see Tosca next spring. The powerful plot is riveting and the music is divine. "It's got heartache, jealously, rape, murder, and suicide," explains Roberts. "It's also got one of the most evil characters in opera ever, which makes it really interesting."

To purchase individual or season tickets for Opera Grand Rapids, click here.

So Much More

Beyond these fantastic venues, Grand Rapids still has more to offer this fall. Here's a sampling: