Symphony musicians produce concert


The Grand Rapids Symphony was founded in 1930 and is comprised of 50 salaried and 30 part-time musicians. Photo via

The Grand Rapids Symphony Musicians Association will produce a free concert downtown tomorrow night.

The hour-long concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Meijer Theater in the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The concert is designed to “pay tribute to how symphony musicians in Grand Rapids have served the community since 1930.”

Musicians from the symphony’s past and present will be featured in the concert by the association.

The program

Opening the concert will be “Inaugural Fanfare,” a piece by Aaron Copland commissioned by the city in 1969 for the unveiling of the iconic Alexander Calder sculpture "La Grande Vitesse."

George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” from the 1920s will highlight the upcoming "American Spirits" exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Two Grand Rapids Symphony members will be featured as composers, including Jeremy Crosmer with “Island Eyescapade” and Alexander Miller’s “Elegy,” written in 2014 in memory of symphony friend Mike Lobbestael.

A variety of past and present Grand Rapids Symphony members will be featured as soloists.

Assistant principal percussionist Dave Hall will be featured during Ney Rosauro’s “Marimba Concerto.” Beth Colpean, principal harp, will perform during “Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus” by Vaughan Williams.

An ensemble including Martha Bowman, a principal bassoonist who recently finished her 40-year tenure as a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony, will be showcased during “Movement 1” of Mozart’s "Sinfonia Concertante."

Former principal bassist Joseph Conyers will join the symphony during “Danny Boy.”

The entire orchestra will come together to conclude the event with Beethoven’s "Fifth Symphony."

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