Enjoy virtual performances of the Grand Rapids Symphony every Sunday in May

Listeners can tune in to Blue Lake Public Radio on Sunday afternoons to hear the Grand Rapids Symphony in a concert performed earlier this season. Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

While concert halls, movie theaters, restaurants and pubs are closed, the Grand Rapids Symphony is reaching into its archives to deliver concerts performed live in DeVos Performance Hall.

The concerts will be broadcasted live and unedited on Blue Lake Public Radio every Sunday afternoon in May.

Over the next four Sundays, listeners can hear music by Gustav Mahler, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms and Frederic Chopin among other great composers, plus such eminent soloists as Grand Rapids’ own Grammy-winning mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung; 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition gold medal-winning cellist Andrei Ioniță; Grand Rapids Symphony concertmaster and violinist James Crawford; and GRS Music Director Marcelo Lehninger’s mother, pianist Sônia Goulart.


May 3 – Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Lehninger and featuring DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, Grand Rapids Symphony’s Women’s Chorus

May 10 – Mother’s Day with Maestro featuring conductor Lehninger as well as Lehninger’s mother and pianist Goulart performing the following pieces:

  • Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
  • Chopin: Concerto No. 2 for Piano
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2

May 17 – All Tchaikovsky featuring Lehninger, cellist Ioniță and the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus performing:

  • At Bedtime
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra, Op. 33
  • Nocturne for cello and orchestra
  • Symphony No. 4

May 24 – Elgar’s Enigma Variations featuring conductor David Lockington and Crawford on violin performing:

  • Sawyers: Valley of Vision (US Premiere)
  • Walton: Concerto for Violin
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations

May 31 – Brahms’ Symphony featuring conductor Kynan Jones with David Shiffrin and  Suzanna Dennis Bratton, both on clarinet:

  • Ponchielli: Il Convegno
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Tune in at 1 p.m. Sunday to Blue Lake Radio at WBLU-FM 88.9 in Grand Rapids or WBLV-FM 90.3 in Muskegon or go online to bluelake.org.

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