Symphony Unveils Summer Lineup – Grand Rapids Magazine


Following the close of its 2021-22 concert season, the Grand Rapids Symphony will offer a wide variety of musical performances this summer.

The summer season kicks off with a small performance by the Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Blodgett Hall at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, 300 E. Crystal Lake Road in Twin Lake. Proceeds from the benefit programming of the concert at Blue Lake Public Radio. A dessert reception will follow the show.

More information is here.

The symphony will present “Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy,” a multimedia concert featuring music from the game series of the same name, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW to Grand Rapids. Grammy-winning conductor and composer Arnie Roth will lead the orchestra and choir through classic “Final Fantasy” compositions from the past 30 years. HD video from game developer Square Enix will be shown on projection screens during the concert.

More information and tickets are here.

The Summer Neighborhood Concert Series will feature three performances of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 at Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St. NW in Grand Rapids; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at Walker Community Park, 700 Cummings Ave. NW to Grand Rapids; and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 at Sullivan Field, 650 Valley Ave. NW to Grand Rapids.

All three concerts will have pre-show activities for young audiences, including a musical discovery time where children can explore orchestral instruments and make crafts. Pre-performance activities on July 26 will include an animal adoption event hosted by the Humane Society.

The performances are free to the public thanks to donations from the Meijer supermarket and the Wege Foundation. More information is here.

The Grand Rapids Symphony is also planning a series of performances in collaboration with Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Performances will be held at the Meijer Gardens Outdoor Amphitheater at 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NOT.

The symphony will perform alongside Five for Fighting in the first of three performances at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. The concert is already sold out.

The symphony will join Rick Springfield for a second performance at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

The third and final concert will feature jazz musician Arturo Sandoval at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

More information and tickets are here.

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