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Grand Rapids Symphony plays music by Beethoven & Bernstein on April 21-22
Guest conductor Michael Christie leads Symphony Chorus and soloists in music including Bernstein’s film score for the 1954 movie “On the Waterfront” starring Marlon Brando

WHAT:
Media are invited to attend the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Beethoven and Bernstein showcase, the ninth program of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series. Guest conductor Michael Christie, music director of the Minnesota Opera and a frequent Bernstein interpreter, makes his debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony for “Beethoven & Bernstein.”

Patrick Dailey, one of the leading countertenors in the world, who has performed with Aretha Franklin  on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration at the Let Freedom Ring Celebration, will perform the countertenor solo for Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. Pianist Orli Shaham, an internationally acclaimed pianist who has been hailed by critics on four continents, will join the GRS for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. This unusual piece unites solo piano, voices and orchestra.

In addition to the pieces above, Beethoven’s famed Leonore Overture and Bernstein’s Suite from On the Waterfront will round out the program.

WHEN:
Friday, April 21 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 8 p.m.

WHERE:
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY:
•    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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