Grand Rapids Symphony concert honors 19th-century work by women composers

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Gabriela Martinez, piano
Gabriela Martinez will be a guest pianist on Friday, March 13. Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

UPDATE (March 12, 2020): The Grand Rapids Symphony is canceling its concerts for the next 30 days in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of its patrons, musicians and staff. Tickets that have been previously purchased can be exchanged for later Grand Rapids Symphony concerts this season or for the 2020-2021 season.

Women will be the highlight of a musical performance this weekend.

The Grand Rapids Symphony will be performing with guest pianist Gabriela Martinez and guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt for the Clara’s Circle of Friends concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, as part of the Holland Home Great Eras series at the St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE.

The musical performances will feature 19th-century compositions. Reinhardt will lead the symphony in performing composer Fanny Mendelssohn’s “Overture in C Major.” Martinez will be the soloist in musical composer Clara Schumann’s “Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op 7.”

The concert will conclude with “Serenade No. 1 in D Major” by Johannes Brahms.

An hourlong preview of the performances will be shown at 10 a.m. for the Porter Hills Coffee Classic series. Both concerts will be at the St. Cecilia’s Royce Auditorium.

For more information, visit grsymphony.org.

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