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Grand Rapids Symphony ends 2016-17 season with “greatest symphony of all time” according to BBC Music Magazine, May 19-20
Guest conductor Larry Rachleff leads Beethoven’s popular “Eroica” Symphony

Media are invited to attend the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2016-17 season finale with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” the final program of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series. 

Originally named after Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is one of the staples in the orchestral repertoire with its stately rhythms and harmonies. Last year, BBC Music Magazine, following a survey of 151 working orchestra conductors, declared Beethoven’s “Eroica” as the greatest symphony of all time.

In prelude to the bitter-sweet symphonic work of Beethoven, Grand Rapids Symphony will begin the concerts with Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Closing out the second half will be Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, six of the sweetest French songs and pastorals you may ever hear. 

For this French-centered finale, the orchestra welcomes former Music Advisor Larry Rachleff back to Grand Rapids together with his wife and guest soprano, Susan Lorette Dunn. Rachleff is Director of Orchestras and a professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Last season, he conducted three of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Classical Series concerts in DeVos Performance Hall.

Friday, May 19, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m.

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

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.