The Grand Rapids Symphony, founded in 1930, delivers more than 400 performances across the community each year. Photo via fb.com
The Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus will be taking their musical talents to the Big Apple.
Before heading east to Carnegie Hall, however, they will provide a preview of their New York performance at 8 p.m. on April 13 and 14 at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Gran Rapids.
The shows feature Brazilian- and Spanish-flavored pieces that will be performed in New York City on April 20.
The combined symphony and chorus, under the direction of Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, will feature Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire.
“Nelson is one of the most important pianists of the 20th and 21st centuries. A really important artist,” Lehninger said.
Freire, who has toured and performed with Lehninger around the world, will make his first visit to Grand Rapids to accompany the symphony for Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain,” which is a piece for piano and orchestra.
Freire will also be the soloist for “Momoprecoce” by composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, a “boisterous” piece inspired by children at play during Brazil’s famous Carnival.
The program will conclude with the 140-voice Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. They will join the orchestra to perform Villa-Lobos’ Chôros “No. 10 Rasgao Coracão” (It Tears Your Heart).
“It’s a unique program, which we chose as a good possibility to take to Carnegie Hall,” Lehninger said.