Grand Rapids Symphony renews contract with music director


Marcelo Lehninger. Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

The music director at the Grand Rapids Symphony is staying.

The symphony and Marcelo Lehninger renewed his five-year contract with the organization to remain its conductor for another five years, according to the symphony last month.

The Brazil native began leading the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2016.

Lehninger’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season. The renewed contract will expire at the end of the 2025-26 season.

“Marcelo is a magnificent musician who is grounded in the great works of classical music that our audiences know and love,” said Mary Tuuk, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Symphony.

“But he’s also an innovator, determined to expand the repertoire, to perform in unexpected ways and places and to create inclusive experiences for new audiences.”

Lehninger’s chair as music director is underwritten by George H. Gordon and Barbara A. Gordon.

“I am deeply humbled by the confidence shown me and for the past three years,” Lehninger said. “It has been an honor to work with the wonderful musicians of the orchestra, administration, board, donors and volunteers of this cherished cultural institution.

“It’s been extremely inspiring for me to see the community support and involvement that shows the city wants to have a high-level orchestra.

“The community has been extremely welcoming to my family, and we’re very happy here. Grand Rapids is a wonderful place to live, work and raise children.”

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