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Grand Rapids Symphony When the Grand Rapids Symphony returned to New York City’s Carnegie Hall in April 2018 for a performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus under the baton of Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, New York Times critic James Oestreich proclaimed “the Grand Rapids forces delivered it handsomely.” Celebrating its 90th anniversary season in 2019-20, the Grand Rapids Symphony has been committed to serving its community through performances, educational programs, and collaborations that touch the lives of some 200,000 people from 13 counties across the state. Its Gateway to Music programs include Lollipop Concerts for young children, Artist in Residence programs in schools, and Mosaic Scholarships for Latinx and African-American teens. Since 1944, its Fifth Grade Concerts have provided a live concert experience for as many as 15,000 students and adults each year. Recent initiatives include Symphony Scorecard and Free for Kids, which together have welcomed more than 12,000 patrons to concerts who otherwise would not be able to attend. Its award-winning Music for Health initiative sends musicians into area health care and rehab facilities, armed with the healing power of music. Grand Rapids Symphony’s 12 recordings, for labels including Naxos, Nimbus and Koss Classics, include Invention & Alchemy featuring jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, which was nominated for the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album during the 49th annual Grammy Awards in 2007. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s ranks are filled with musicians who have made careers in West Michigan. This season marks the 40th anniversary season for clarinetist Michael Kornacki, violinists Christine Golden and Diane McElfish Helle, and bass trombonist Robert Ward. When the Grand Rapids Symphony made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2005, New York Times critic Bernard Holland wrapped up his review with these words: “The orchestra is what it ought to be and gives a glimmer of hope for all of us in the music world.”

Musicians! THANK YOU

Michael Kornacki 40 years

Elizabeth Wooster Colpean 20 years


Christine Golden 40 years

Ellen Sherman 20 years

for your years of commitment and service to the Grand Rapids community.

Diane McElfish Helle 40 years

Victoria Olson 5 years

Robert Ward 40 years

Neil Mueller 5 years

Richard Britsch 30 years

Jenna Buchner 5 years


SEAN IVORY Youth Chorus Co-director

BOB BERNHARDT Principal Pops Conductor

LEAH IVORY Youth Chorus Co-director

JOHN VARINEAU Associate Conductor

DUANE DAVIS Community Chorus Director JULIAN WACHNER Bach Festival Artistic Director

George H. & Barbara A. Gordon Chair Beatrice A. Idema Chair Maggie Coleman Chair

PEARL SHANGKUAN Chorus Director Covenant Chair


James Crawford

CELLO Alicia Eppinga

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair


Christina Fong

Associate Concertmaster

Mr & Mrs. Milo R. DeVries Chair

Grace Kim

Assistant Concertmaster Pingree Chair

Eric Tanner

Principal 2nd

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Steven H. Brook

Assistant Principal 2nd

Kenneth & Frances Ellis Chair

Louisa Blood Jenna Buchner Haijin Choi Sunny Cirlin Megan Crawford • James Eppinga Caroline Freihofer Kimia Ghaderi Christine Golden Diane McElfish Helle Sterling Jenkins Patricia Kates • Sander Kostallari Adam Liebert • Jennifer MacGregor Christopher Martin Susan Mora Linda Nelson • Mark Portolese Joo Yun H. Preece • Jaclyn Robinson D. Joshua Schlachter • Ching-Wen Tseng • Delia Turner Collette VandenBerg David Wheeler


Leslie VanBecker Principal

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Barbara Corbató

Assistant Principal

Karl & Patricia Betz Chair

• Christine Beamer • Igor Fedotov • Antione Hackney Leanne King • Roman Kosarev Mary Jane Miller • Andrew Pool Kristen A. Shoup • Renee Skerik + Paul Swantek • Alicia Valoti Olga Ziabrikova Arturo Ziraldo


Andrew Laven

Assistant Principal George H. & Barbara A. Gordon Chair

Jane Gaebe Memorial Chair Jane Gaebe Memorial Chair

Studio C | Loeks Family Chair



Joel Schekman • Daniel Mui • Lisa Raschiatore


Jacob Cameron Principal

Vladimir Babin • Stefan Koch • David Peshlakai • Lillian Pettit Andrew Plaisier Will Preece • Alicia Sawyers • Thomas Sullivan • Stacey Bosman Tanner Steven VanRavenswaay


• Matthew Lyon



Brigid Babbish Assistant Principal Andrew Genemans • Joseph Merchant


Andrew Genemans

William H. Vits



David Hall

Victoria Olson

Mary I. Hunting Chair

Michael Hovnanian Assistant Principal Benmark Chair Mark Buchner

Bonnie K. Miller Chair

David Hall

Assistant Principal


Kay J. Shannon Chair

Vacant Principal

Daniel Karas

Spoelhof Family Chair

PERCUSSION Principal Gracelynn Chair

• Ed Clifford • Gary McCourdy • Laurie Sears • William Sears • Donell Snyder

Assistant Principal

Larry & Sally Robson Chair

Jack Latta • Marc Churchill • Andrew Fritz

Kevin Flannery • Jessica Grabbe Leo Hazen Jonathan Reed Gerald Torres



Principal Dr. David & Dr. Margaret

Principal Marilyn Hunting Chair

Thompson Chair

• Alison Reese


Assistant Principal


Christopher Kantner

Erich Peterson

Peter & BJ Whigham Chair

Assistant Principal

Mary Beth Orr Paul Austin • David Denniston • Tricia Ruffer

Judith Kemph





Lynn & Stuart White Chair

Ruth Bylsma

Laura May Ripley Chair

Judith Kemph

Hilda Pantlind Armstrong Chair


Ellen Sherman Principal

Miner S. & Mary Ann Keeler Chair

Alexander Miller

Assistant Principal

Marsilje Foundation Chair Kathleen Gomez • Sarah Constable



Cares Chair

Neil Mueller • Brian Buerkle • Michael Gause • Dorival Puccini • Scott Thornburg • Robert White • Walter White • Alexander Wilson


Michael Kornacki

Assistant Principal

Joel Schekman

• Julia Brown • Helen Lukan • Forrest Wakeman

ELECTRIC BASS Michael Hovnanian

Assistant Principal Richard Ruch Fund | Herman Miller


Stuart & Barbara Padnos Chair


Pell Chair




Charley Lea

Kathleen Gomez

Suzanna Dennis Bratton

Elizabeth Wooster Colpean

Richard Britsch

Chairs are titled in recognition of Annual Campaign sponsorship gifts or, where listed in bold, major Endowment Fund contributions. * Strings are listed in alphabetical order after the titled chairs. • Supplemental musicians + Leave of Absence

Christopher Houlihan Peter & Gay Cummings Chair

Daniel Mattson

Assistant Principal

Erich Peterson Personnel Manager Steven Brook Timekeeper Sarah Bowman Peterson Principal Librarian Lenore D’Haem Assistant Librarian Kyle Viana Production Stage Manager

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MARCELO LEHNINGER Music Director George H. & Barbara A. Gordon Chair

Marcelo Lehninger, who led the Grand Rapids Symphony’s critically acclaimed return to Carnegie Hall in 2018, begins his fourth season as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony for its 90th anniversary season in 2019-20. Photo © Terry Johnston Awarded the 2014 Helen M. Thompson Award for an Emerging Music Director by the League of American Orchestras, Lehninger has led the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. Elsewhere he has conducted the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Lucerne Symphony, and the Slovenian Philharmonic. As an assistant to Mariss Jansons, he has toured with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the past year, Lehninger returned to his native Brazil for concerts with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de São Paulo, and the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais. He traveled to Japan to guest conduct the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka. Coming this season, he’ll conduct the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and he’ll return to the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he spent two years as assistant conductor followed by three years as associate conductor. Appointed Assistant Conductor of the BSO in 2010, the following year, on just three days’ notice, he led the orchestra in performances that included the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Harrison Birtwistle. Weeks later, the Boston Symphony Orchestra repeated the program in New York City’s Carnegie Hall with Lehninger on the podium. In 2007, Lehninger made a successful debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and was invited to conduct the NSO again the following year. During the 2007-08 season, Lehninger served as music advisor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, conducting concerts across South America with the ensemble composed of 120 musicians from more than 20 countries with Placido Domingo as artistic advisor. Selected by Kurt Masur, Lehninger was awarded the first Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship in 2008, sponsored by the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation. He served as Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Orchestre National de France during its residency in Vienna as well as with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. In 2011, he participated in the League of American Orchestra’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. The following year, he was named music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra, serving four years with the Los Angeles-based orchestra. Before dedicating his career to conducting, Lehninger studied violin and piano. He holds a master’s degree from the Conductors Institute at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York. A dual citizen of Brazil and Germany, Marcelo Lehninger is the son of German violinist Erich Lehninger and Brazilian pianist Sônia Goulart. Lehninger, his wife, Laura Krech, and their daughters, Sofia and Camila, live near Grand Rapids. 300 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 phone 616.454.9451 | fax 616.454.7477 | Tickets 616.454.9451 x 4 GRSymphony.org | GRPops.org | GRPicnicPops.org Your concert attendance shall be deemed as your consent to appear in any publicity materials for the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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BOB BERNHARDT Principal Pops Conductor Beatrice A. Idema Chair

Bob Bernhardt begins his fifth full season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2019-20, continuing to bring his easy style, fine musicianship and infectious enthusiasm to a city and orchestra he has come to love. A frequent guest conductor with the Baltimore Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Dallas Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, he’s served for 14 seasons as conductor of Edmonton’s “Symphony Under the Sky Festival” in Alberta, Canada. He first conducted the Boston Pops in 1992 at the invitation of then-Boston Pops conductor, John Williams. This season, Bernhardt begins his 39th consecutive season with the Louisville Orchestra and his 24th season as Principal Pops Conductor. He also begins his ninth season as Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where he previously was Music Director for 19 seasons. Bernhardt received his master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He received his bachelor’s degree from Union College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, and was an Academic All-American Baseball Player.

JOHN VARINEAU Associate Conductor Maggie Coleman Chair

Now in his fourth decade on the podium for the Grand Rapids Symphony, Associate Conductor John Varineau celebrates his 35th anniversary season with the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2019-20 as well as his 32nd as conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. He has made three recordings with the Grand Rapids Symphony and three with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Nationally, Varineau has led the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix and San Antonio, and the philharmonics of Fort Wayne and Oklahoma City. In Michigan, he has guest conducted the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Lansing Symphony Orchestra and formerly served as music director of the Holland Chamber Orchestra. A clarinetist, John Varineau plays in the contemporary music group, Ensemble Montage, and the woodwind trio, ma non troppo. Now retired from college teaching, Varineau taught for 38 years at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, and Grand Valley State University. Most recently he taught at Calvin University where he conducted the college orchestra, taught academic courses and clarinet and also conducted the Calvin Community Symphony. A native of Laramie, Wyoming, Varineau attended Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming and earned his master’s degree at Yale School of Music. He married his wife, Gwen, in the same year that he joined the Grand Rapids Symphony. They have a daughter, Jade, and a son, Justin.

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ROBERT W. GILLETTE Chief Operating Officer “American House is dedicated to providing unique, life-enriching experiences for our residents. We proudly support Grand Rapids Symphony’s commitment to community engagement and involvement. We are excited about our partnership and look forward to another great season of world-class performances.” DOUG DEVOS Chairman STEVE VAN ANDEL Chairman “The impact that the Grand Rapids Symphony has on our community reaches far beyond the walls of its traditional stage venue. Through its innovative youth education programs and musical opportunities for the disabled and disadvantaged, the Symphony is working to make music accessible to everyone. Bravo!” RENEE TABBEN Grand Rapids Market President “Bank of America Merrill Lynch is proud to partner with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Together we share a common purpose and passion to make lives better in West Michigan, through the power of connection and the magic of musical excellence.” KEVIN MUNTTER Audit Partner “My role as Assurance Office Managing Partner allows me the opportunity to proudly reflect upon BDO’s 100 years in Grand Rapids. It is organizations like the Symphony that allow Grand Rapids to thrive as a community. Congratulations on 90 seasons!” LEE PEREZ President “Carter Products salutes the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony for exceptional concert programming and music education programs that serve more than 200,000 attendees annually.” CHRISTINA KELLER President & CEO “The Grand Rapids Symphony, like Cascade Engineering, has a long history of making positive contributions to our community. When people are given an opportunity to thrive and know they are valued, the community is enriched.” STEPHEN M. ABBOTT Executive Director Middle Market, Commercial Banking “At Chase, we salute the Symphony for the exceptional concert programming and superb educational offerings provided to the West Michigan community. Chase is proud of its partnership with the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony.” RHONDA HUISMANN Managing Partner “Crowe LLP is proud to sponsor the Grand Rapids Symphony as one of the best regional orchestras in the country. As a leading public accounting and consulting firm, Crowe knows the final calculation includes providing support for the programs to build the communities where we work and live.” DENNIS EIDSON Interim President and CEO “SpartanNash and D&W Fresh Markets are pleased to support the Grand Rapids Symphony and its Picnic Pops concerts. We are proud to be part of this great event and community and to celebrate good times with friends, families and associates. We applaud the Grand Rapids Symphony for its contribution to the arts community of West Michigan.”


P A R T N E R S in performance “For more than 10 years, the DTE Energy Foundation has proudly sponsored

the GRS Family Series. Our support brings communities and families closer together through culturally enriching experiences that make moments like these, moments to remember.” TOM WELCH Regional President “Fifth Third is proud to support the Grand Rapids Symphony. As a Partner in Performance, we are deeply committed to strengthening the communities where we live and serve. Bravo to the dedicated musicians who enrich our lives with the beauty of music.” DAN G. DEVOS Chairman & CEO



“Fox Motors is honored to sponsor the Symphony. The Grand Rapids area is thriving and

our community is fortunate to be able to offer a strong and broad array of performing arts organizations and cultural attractions. They have a hand in putting Grand Rapids on the map as a place to live, grow and be creative. Thank You, Grand Rapids Symphony.” EUGENIA OTON Head of Fremont Product Technology Center “Gerber’s partnership with the Grand Rapids Symphony is an important way of creating shared value in West Michigan. We are pleased to sponsor the ever popular SymphonicBoom series. Gerber and the Symphony are Partners in Performance, serving the region with nourishment for the body as well as the soul.” MINA BREUKER President & CEO

“For the last 90 years, the Symphony has blessed our community with its

creativity and talent. Holland Home is proud of Grand Rapids’ rich cultural heritage and is honored to play a part in supporting the Grand Rapids Symphony.” BUZZ MILLER Chairman & CEO “Supporting the Grand Rapids Symphony has been a long-standing tradition for the Howard Miller Companies. We are honored to be able to continue our support through the Howard Miller Foundation. The community is blessed to have access to a world-class symphonic orchestra that ranks with the best in the world.” JOHN IRWIN President, West Michigan Region “Music inspires the soul in as many ways as there are individuals who hear it. Huntington is proud to partner with the Grand Rapids Symphony. As our region’s premier performing arts ensemble, the Symphony is essential to West Michigan’s cultural fabric, touching both young and old.” TRACEY HORNBECK President & CEO “Legacy Trust is proud to support the Grand Rapids Symphony and its commitment to providing first-class entertainment. The combination of excellent talent, innovative artistry and passionate supporters come together for magical performances. We are honored to partner with an organization that brings a wealth of culture to our community.” HANK MEIJER Chairman “ The Grand Rapids Symphony is a beacon of musical excellence in West Michigan. Its musicians create the fresh sounds that soothe and excite and inspire us. At Meijer, we’re grateful for their talent and pleased to support their commitment.”

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LESS CELEBRITY. MORE CHEF. His name is synonymous with the best in hospitality and the culinary arts. Now, Wolfgang Puck brings his two newest creations and signature cuisine to Grand Rapids. The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck; featuring gourmet pizzas and chef’s favorite entrees for lunch and dinner, and The Kitchen Counter; serving up quick, made-to-order breakfast and lunch.

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P A R T N E R S in performance

“Old National Bank is proud to support the Symphony. Musicians have studied their instrument since they were young, and we as audience members get to experience the incredible result of their hard work and dedication. Thank you for that privilege.” SEAN WELSH Region President “The Grand Rapids Symphony enriches our community with its creative programming, its wide-ranging efforts to reach diverse audiences, and its dedication to an exceptional level of quality. PNC is proud to be associated with such an important community asset.” THE PORTER HILLS FAMILY


DAVID DAMS Region President

“Porter Hills is honored to support Grand Rapids Symphony and the Coffee Classics Series. We applaud your commitment to excellence, your creativity, and the diversity of concerts and programs that provide opportunities for all ages to broaden their musical experiences. Thank you for enriching the lives of our entire community.” TINA FREESE DECKER President & CEO “Thank you Grand Rapids Symphony musicians for the healing power of music that moves the human soul. We are incredibly fortunate to have your caliber of talent locally, and are proud to support your vision to be a more integral and indispensable part of our community.” JIM KEANE President and Chief Executive Officer “The Grand Rapids Symphony enriches the lives of youth and adults in our community through concerts and educational programming. We’re so fortunate to have this asset in West Michigan, and Steelcase is proud to support with resources and leadership.” ART JOHNSON Chairman “United Bank is delighted to support the 90th season of the Grand Rapids Symphony as it continues to share great music, talented musicians and educational programs. As a local bank rooted here in West Michigan, we value the Symphony for enriching our community.” JOHN VAN BAREN President and CEO “Vibration Research is pleased to sponsor the Grand Rapids Symphony. We salute the Grand Rapids Symphony’s pledge to aid in making the greater West Michigan area a better place to live. We’re proud to support such a commendable institution.” DOUGLAS A. DOZEMAN Managing Partner “The high caliber of the Grand Rapids Symphony has been a profound source of pride for our community since its founding in 1930. And Warner is proud to have a long-standing history of support for the Symphony and its many talented musicians.” CHRIS HUFNAGEL President, CAT Footwear “One of West Michigan’s greatest family traditions is the Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops. With a combined focus on the arts and family, the Symphony continues its long history of enriching our community. Wolverine Worldwide is proud to support this annual tradition and the Grand Rapids Symphony.”

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Sustaining Sponsor

Peg & Rick Breon

Guest Artist Sponsor Supporting Sponsors

Edith I. Blodgett Kennari Consulting Guest Artist Fund Jason Decker & Tina Freese Decker

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 7:30 pm DeVos Performance Hall

ITZHAK PERLMAN conductor and violin RANDALL GOOSBY violin

NOV 7 concert program

Randall Goosby Guest Artist Sponsor

Contributing Sponsors

Jeffrey & Caroline Cook David & Sally Dams Fred Feldman Jeffrey & Sheila Frank John Hunting Rhonda & Matt Huismann Jim Jurries Jim & Marie Preston Patricia Renucci Richard Roane & Dr. Leandro Robles

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Le carnival romain, Op. 9 (Roman Carnival) J.S. BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 Vivace

Largo ma non tanto Allegro ITZHAK PERLMAN and RANDALL GOOSBY


HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (Fantastical Symphony) Rêveries-Passions (Visions-passions) Un bal (A ball) Scène aux champs (Scene in the country) Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold) Songe d’une nuit du sabbat (Dream of a Sabbath night)


Inside the Music

7 pm, DeVos Recital Hall Sponsored by

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Friday nights, after the concert in the lobby.

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Classical SPECIAL EVENT Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Having performed with every major orchestra and at concert halls around the globe, Perlman was granted a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2015; a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003; a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000; and a Medal of Liberty by President Reagan in 1986. Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards and 16 GRAMMY® Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Perlman has performed at the White House in 2012 at the invitation of President and Mrs. Obama for Israeli President and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Shimon Peres; and at a State Dinner in 2007 hosted by President George W. and Mrs. Bush for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. In 2009, he performed at President Obama’s inauguration, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero. As a conductor, Perlman has led the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and National Symphony among others. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. In the 2019-20 season, Perlman embarks on a debut tour of a new program entitled “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” which captures highlights of his career through narrative and multi-media elements intertwined with performance. In addition to his first appearance with the Grand Rapids Symphony in more than 36 years, Perlman’s orchestral performances include the Israel Philharmonic in Zubin Mehta’s final appearances as Music Director.

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ITZHAK PERLMAN conductor and violin

RANDALL GOOSBY violin When American violinist Randall Goosby performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Avery Fisher Hall at age 13, The New York Times raved that he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone...his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity.” At age 13, Goosby became the youngest recipient ever to win the Detroit-based Sphinx Concerto Competition, which led to an invitation to perform for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s annual “Symphony with Soul” in 2011. He also received Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and made two appearances at Carnegie Hall as part of the organization’s Young Artist Development Program. He has participated in The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and been honored as Rising Star of the Stradivari Society. Goosby won First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions among other prizes. He has previously performed as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo, Rochester and Orlando Philharmonics, and the symphonies of Nashville, Memphis, Arkansas, Modesto, South Bend and New World. Randall Goosby began violin studies at age 7. He received a full scholarship to The Juilliard School’s Pre-College program, continued at Juilliard as an undergraduate student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree there on a Kovner Fellowship.

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HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Le carnaval romain (Roman Carnival) (1843) Romantic | Nine minutes

Hector Berlioz had little inclination towards music until he went to Paris to attend medical school. While there, he saw his first opera and heard his first orchestra concert. Immediately he declared that he would become a composer. Against the wishes of his family, he abandoned medical school and pursued his own musical education, largely outside of the established schools. That would be Berlioz’s mode for the rest of his life: always outside the respected musical establishment but wanting to get in and not making any money at his art. Because he was an outsider, it took a long time before Berlioz received a commission from the Paris Opera. The subject was an Italian Renaissance sculptor whose life would fit nicely into today’s gossip newspapers. There was one point in his opera, Benvenuto Cellini, that always seemed to bug Berlioz: The speed of the dance in the second act. At rehearsals for the first performance, the conductor, François Habanek, couldn’t get the tempo: “Faster, faster!” Berlioz urged. “Put more life into it! . . . This is a saltarello.” Once, at a performance in Vienna, Berlioz shouted out, “This is the carnival, not Lent. You make it sound like Good Friday in Rome.” Years after he wrote Benvenuto Cellini, Berlioz extracted material from it for a stand-alone piece that he called Roman Carnival. For this, he included a love song from the first act (played first by the English horn) and the famous saltarello. Expecting a debacle, Berlioz’s old nemesis Habeneck showed up for the performance. In his Memoirs, Berlioz almost sneers: “Not a single mistake occurred. I started the allegro at the right tempo, the whirlwind tempo of the Roman dancers. . . . On my return to the artists’ room, I saw Habeneck standing with a slightly crestfallen air, and said casually as I went past, ‘That’s how it goes.’ . . . Unhappy composers! Learn to conduct yourselves; for conductors, never forget, are the most dangerous of all your interpreters.” © John Varineau 2019

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (circa 1720) Baroque | Three movements | 17 minutes

The popular perception of Johann Sebastian Bach is of a hard-working church musician faithfully churning out music for weekly Sunday services. As an 18th century music minister, he wrote literally hundreds of cantatas for St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. (Back then, music ministers didn’t buy church music. They wrote it.) In addition, Bach had to rehearse the choir and train the instrumentalists who accompanied them. He also was the church organist. To what must have been an insane work schedule Bach added the role of conductor of the Collegium Musicum, essentially the local college orchestra. The Collegium Musicum gave weekly concerts on Friday evenings at Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse. Again, college music conductors didn’t just go out and buy music for their students to perform. They wrote it. Prior to coming to Leipzig, Bach worked as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen. The prince subscribed to that austere Reformed branch of Christianity that didn’t allow much music in church. That’s why Bach wrote most of his purely instrumental works in Köthen. We don’t really know

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when Bach wrote his Concerto for Two Violins. It was probably from his Köthen period, but it might have been written for the Collegium in Leipzig. Bach modeled his concertos after those of the great Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. In the first and last movements, Vivaldi and Bach used a device that cleverly demonstrates the Latin root of the term concerto, concertare: to fight or to contend. First, the orchestra plays an extended section as a sort of introduction. Then the soloists play their bit while lightly accompanied by the orchestra. And so it goes with orchestra and soloists alternating their time in the spotlight. With two soloists, the thrill is not only in listening to the single line of each instrument, but also in how the lines intertwine. The slow second movement has a lyrical quality to it, as if each of the soloists were singing to each other. © John Varineau 2019

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830)

Romantic | Five movements | 49 minutes

Hector Berlioz went to Paris as a 21-year old to study medicine, but his encounter with the theater caused him to abandon all that. He saw the English actress Harriet Smithson play the role of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Berlioz became what we would call a stalker. He did everything in his power to meet Miss Smithson, always to no avail. Berlioz played the role of the lovesick artist, abandoned medicine, and – almost completely untrained as a composer – conjured up his Symphonie fantastique. This symphony tells a partly autobiographical story. A single melodic idea that represents his “Beloved One” ties each of the five movements together. Berlioz insisted that knowing the story was essential to understanding the work. Here is a brief synopsis:

A young musician of unhealthily sensitive nature and endowed with vivid imagination has poisoned himself with opium in a paroxysm of lovesick despair. The narcotic dose he had taken was too weak to cause death, but it has thrown him into a long sleep accompanied by the most extraordinary visions. . .

First Movement: At first, he thinks of the uneasy and nervous condition of his mind, of somber longings, of depression and joyous elation without any recognizable cause. Then he remembers the ardent love with which she suddenly inspired him. . . Second Movement: In a ballroom, amidst the confusion of a brilliant festival, he finds the Beloved One again. Third Movement: It is a summer evening. He is in the country when he hears two shepherd lads who play a pastoral duet. Then She appears once more. . . Fourth Movement: He dreams that he murdered his Beloved. He has been condemned to death and is being led to execution. For a moment a last thought of love is revived, but is cut short by the deathblow. Fifth Movement: He dreams that he is present at a witches’ revel, surrounded by horrible spirits, amidst sorcerers and monsters in many fearful forms, who have come together for his funeral. The Beloved melody is heard again, but it has lost its shy and noble character; it has become a vulgar, trivial, grotesque dance tune.

© John Varineau 2019

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One of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway’s unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television and in film. She is best known for her Tony®-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year,” and “Best Jazz Vocalist,” Ann is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent CDs. She has performed her award winning show The Streisand Songbook with over 100 symphony orchestras. Her latest CD is “Jazz Goes To The Movies.” A special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, she has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Ann made her feature film debut opposite Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon in the Robert De Niro film The Good Shepherd, performing the standard “Come Rain or Come Shine.” She recorded “Isn’t It Romantic?” and “The Nearness of You” in Wayne Wong’s Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah. As part of her mission to keep the Great American Songbook thriving, she has produced and hosted two TV specials called Singer’s Spotlight With Ann Hampton Callaway with guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole for WTTW National, which dovetailed into her critically acclaimed radio series This is Cabaret.

LIZ CALLAWAY vocals Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She has gone on to star in Baby, Miss Saigon, The Look of Love, The Three Musketeers, and for five years appeared as Grizabella in Cats. Off-Broadway appearances include The Spitfire Grill (Drama Desk nomination), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little and Brownstone. She recently starred in the one-person play Every Brilliant Thing at TheatreSquared. Liz sang the Academy Award-nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia, Other film work includes Jasmine in the two Aladdin sequels, The Swan Princess, and The Rewrite with Hugh Grant. She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim, The David Letterman Show and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week.) Her extensive concert and symphony career has included appearances in London, Paris, Iceland, Vietnam, Australia, China and nearly every major city in the United States. She performs regularly with composer Stephen Schwartz and has had the great pleasure of singing with Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams and the legendary Johnny Mathis. Liz has six solo recordings: Passage of Time, The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off- Broadway, Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser, Merry and Bright, and her newest album, The Essential Liz Callaway.

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LILI BOULANGER (1893-1918) D’un soir triste (Of a sad evening) LILI BOULANGER (1893-1918) D’un matin de printemps (Of a spring morning) ÉDOUARD LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 Allegro non troppo Scherzando. Allegro molto Intermezzo. Allegro non troppo Andante Rondo TAI MURRAY


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Richard and Helen DeVos CLASSICAL SERIES Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. This season will conclude her long and successful tenure as Music Director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Falletta, who led the Grand Rapids Symphony in March 2017, has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. In 2019-20 she will guest conduct orchestras in Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Celebrating her 20th anniversary with the Buffalo Philharmonic this season, the orchestra has become one of the leading recording orchestras for Naxos and has returned twice to Carnegie Hall. In 2018, the BPO made its first international tour in three decades, performing at Warsaw’s prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival. She and the BPO have been honored with numerous ASCAP awards, including the top award for Adventurous Programming. With a discography of over 115 titles, Falletta earlier this year won her first individual Grammy Award as conductor of the London Symphony in the Best Classical Compendium for Spiritualist, her fifth world premiere recording of music of Kenneth Fuchs. Her recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan received two Grammys in 2008. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Falletta has served on the National Council on the Arts during the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. A recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards, she was named Performance Today’s 2019 Classical Woman of The Year. She received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School.

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TAI MURRAY violin Violinist Tai Murray is a former BBC young generation artist, a member of the Marlboro Festival, and of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society. She gave her London Proms Debut in 2016 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Sondergard. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray has performed as guest soloist in such halls as London’s The Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and Shanghai’s Concert Hall with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. She first appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony in April 2007, performing the Erich Korngold Violin Concerto. As a recitalist, Murray has appeared in Berlin, Chicago, Hamburg, London, New York, and Washington D.C., among others major cities. As a chamber musician, she has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II. Festival appearances include Ireland’s West Cork Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in the United States. Murray’s critically acclaimed recordings include Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin for harmonia mundi and works by American Composers of the 20th for the Berlin-based label eaSonus. In addition to orchestral performances, she has toured with the Orchester de Bretagne, the Orchester de Picardie, the Chineke! Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Tai Murray plays a violin by Tomaso Balestrieri fecit Mantua ca. 1765, on loan from a private collection.

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LILI (MARIE-JULIETTE) BOULANGER (1893–1918) D’un soir triste, D’un matin de printemps (1917-18) Impressionist | Ten mintues, five minutes

At the beginning of the 20th century, the glass ceiling in the Parisian arts community was beginning to crack. In 1903, to the horror of the old guard, women were allowed to compete for the coveted Prix de Rome. Ten years later, the male music critic Emile Vuillermoz lamented that a woman had already won: “A few months ago . . . I warned musicians of the imminence of the ‘pink peril.’ Events have not been slow to prove me right. A young suffragette, Mademoiselle Lili Boulanger, has just triumphed in the latest competition of the Prix de Rome over all her male competitors and has won on her first attempt the Premier Grand Prix.” Lili Boulanger was the youngest daughter of a composer who himself had won the Prix de Rome in 1835. Her older sister was Nadia Boulanger, the renowned teacher of composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Philip Glass. Lili started displaying her precocious musical gifts when she was just 2 years old, and by the time she turned 5 she was sitting in on music classes at the Paris Conservatory. When she was a toddler, bronchial pneumonia nearly killed her, and she suffered from intestinal tuberculosis – Crohn’s disease – throughout her short life. Her frail health kept her from taking regular coursework and even forced her to withdraw from her first Prix de Rome competition. The next year, she won easily with her cantata Faust et Hélène. Her stay at the Villa Medici in Rome – part of the privilege of winning the Prix de Rome – was cut short by the start of World War I. Within four years, her health completely failed, cutting short the life of an already remarkable composer. Lili wrote D’un soir triste (Of a Sad Evening) and D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning) in the last year of her life. Using essentially the same melodic material, the two works evoke two contrasting moods. And, just like Lili’s life, they are brilliant but way too short. © John Varineau 2019

ÉDOUARD LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 (1874)

Romantic | Five movements | 33 minutes Édouard Lalo’s fame as a composer did not come easily. His father, a military man, was dead-set against a musical career for him. So, at the age of 16, Édouard left home for Paris. There he studied violin and did what many musicians do in a big city: gigged and taught. He composed some chamber music and helped form a string quartet. Neither were big money-makers. When he was in his 40s, he wrote an opera for a competition. It didn’t win. Finally, when he was 51, the great Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate agreed to play his Violin Concerto and a year later his Symphonie espagnole. The success of these works encouraged Lalo to try another opera, Le Roi d’Ys. Again, nobody would stage it. Lalo continued to chisel away at his career, writing more symphonic works. Finally, when he was 65, the Opéra-Comique in Paris staged Le Roi d’Ys. Ironically, it was a smashing success. Lalo enjoyed four years of real success before he died. Le Roi d’Ys is what keeps his name alive in France. Outside France, his fame rests on the Symphonie Espagnole.

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Lalo called it a symphony, but it is a concerto for violin and orchestra. While composing it, he seems to have taken his own advice. Complaining to the great violinist Pablo Sarasate about a concerto by Brahms, he wrote: I maintain that when a soloist is set on the stage he must be given the main role and not be treated as a soloist within the orchestra . . . don’t let [a composer] bore me with fragments of solo constantly interrupted by the orchestra. In every movement of the Symphonie espagnole the soloist is in the forefront with either brilliant virtuoso displays or tender melodies. Some melodies in Symphonie espagnole may remind you of melodies from other “Spanish” works by French composers such as Bizet’s Carmen. Take note: Lalo wrote Symphonie espagnole first. © John Varineau 2019

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100 (1944)

20th Century Russian | Four movements | 46 minutes

When Sergei Prokofiev started writing his Fifth Symphony, it only took a month, with another month to orchestrate it. “I conceived it as a symphony glorifying the human spirit . . . praising the free and happy man—his strength, his generosity, and the purity of his soul,” he wrote. One of the hallmarks of the Fifth Symphony is its profusion of melody. The first movement begins with a quiet theme, played by the flutes and bassoons, which expands into the rest of the orchestra and grows to heroic proportions. A second melody, again starting with the flute but this time shared with the oboe, has a sweeter and almost balletlike character. The central section of the movement becomes more animated and intense until the initial melody is played full out by the trumpet. After a quiet restatement of the second theme, the initial theme of the movement returns for the final time—this time at an explosively loud dynamic. The second movement is a scherzo. The first section has a sort of demented obstinacy to it. It gives way to a tuneful middle section with a fast-moving accompaniment propelling it forward. The middle section ends the same way it began, and then the trumpets and pizzicato strings slowly begin a sort of twisted variation of the opening theme. The tempo gets faster and faster until the scherzo ends in a frenzy. The slow third movement seems to be made of one continuous melody that gets passed around to various sections of the orchestra. It has a broad range of character, from the gentle and mournful to impassioned, anger-filled tragedy. The final movement begins with a gentle introduction. Soon the violas get the tempo going for a series of contrasting melodies set over an active accompaniment. The central part of this movement has a smooth, singing character. The low brass upset the atmosphere by their belligerent intrusion. Soon enough, the main themes return. A crazy coda concludes the movement. © John Varineau 2019

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 7:30 PM Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30 PM Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 2 PM, 7:30 PM Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 2 PM DeVos Performance Hall

BOB BERNHARDT conductor Beatrice Idema Chair CAPATHIA JENKINS vocals GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY CHORUS Pearl Shangkuan director Covenant Chair GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY YOUTH CHORUS Sean Ivory and Leah Ivory co-directors Jane Gaebe Memorial Chair

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Pearl Shangkuan, now in her 16th season as director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, is a much sought-after guest conductor and clinician across the United States, as well as abroad. Active among the national leadership of choral conductors, she has served as president of the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Recent engagements include conducting international choral festivals in France in 2017 and in England in 2019 in a joint residency with American composer Dan Forrest. Shangkuan has conducted in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and for many prestigious All State Choral Festivals in the United States. She has lectured at many international conferences and s erved as a judge in several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia. Director of Choral Activities and professor of music at Calvin University, Shangkuan’s choirs have performed at the national, division, and state conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and have toured Asia, Europe, South America, and South Africa. A student of the late Joseph Flummerfelt, pre-eminent American choral conductor and former chorus master of the New York Philharmonic, Dr. Shangkuan received her Bachelor of Music degree in church music (summa cum laude) and Master of Music in choral conducting (with distinction) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from Rutgers University. For information on the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, visit www.GRSymphony.org/chorus.

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PEARL SHANGKUAN chorus director Covenant Chair

SEAN IVORY | LEAH IVORY youth chorus co-directors Jane Gaebe Memorial Chair Co-founding directors of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, Sean and Leah Ivory return this season to co-direct the Youth Chorus and its training ensemble, the Junior Chorus. Since 1992, Sean Ivory has been the vocal music instructor at Forest Hills Central High School. He has held past positions at St. Cecilia Music Center, the North American Choral Company, and at Calvin University. Currently director of the Calvin University Oratorio Society, he becomes director of the Calvin University Alumni Choir in January 2020. Ivory attended Northwestern University, Calvin University and Michigan State University. Leah Ivory has accompanied choirs for St. Cecilia Music Center, for the North American Choral Company, and at Calvin University, her alma mater. She currently serves as the accompanist for choirs at Grand Rapids Christian High School. A drummer in the West African tradition, certified through the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy, she works with differently abled children and adults to improve communication and motors skills through drumming. Choirs led by Sean and Leah Ivory have performed at both state and regional conventions for the American Choral Directors Association, and have toured Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Ghana, the Czech Republic, Trinidad and Iceland. For information about the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, visit https://grsyc.org.

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The Brooklyn-born and raised singer/actor Capathia Jenkins starred as Medda in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway where she made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, creating the role of Harriet Jackson. She starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, and returned to Broadway in The Look of Love where she was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David hits. Jenkins created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and Frieda May in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She also was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. An active concert artist, Jenkins has appeared with numerous orchestras around the world including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Cincinnati Pops with John Morris Russell. She has appeared several times at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and also sang in a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress. Jenkins was also seen in The Wiz in a live performance on NBC. Her other television credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order SVU and The Sopranos. She can be seen in the film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman and heard on film soundtracks for Nine, Chicago and Legally Blonde 2.

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ANDERSON A Christmas Festival

ANDERSON Sleigh Ride


SILVESTRI, ARR. BRUBAKER Suite from The Polar Express DEBUSSY, ARR. LUCK Clair de Lune



BIZET “Farandole” from L’Arlesienne Director of Photography



WALDTEUFEL Skater’s Waltz

Written andHook Produced by Film Editor”Flight to Neverland” WILLIAMS from


Production Designer JOHN MUTO

Directed by


STYNE, ARR. SAYRE Let it Snow!

Soundtrack Album Available on CBS Records, Cassettes and34 Compact Discs RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol, Op. Scena e canto gitano Color by Deluxe® Fandango asturiano BYAMBATSETSEG JIGDENGOMBO - Aerial Hoop

ARR. ELLINGTON ”Peanut Brittle Brigade ” from The Nutcracker Suite


WENDEL Christmas a la Valse!

ARR. RICHMAN Hanukkah Festival Overture


TCHAIKOVSKY ”Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, Op. 71 BENJAMIN LERMAN & CHRISTINE VAN LOO - Aerial Duo PROKOFIEV ”Troika” from Lt. Kijé ARR. Bolero Boy DeVosWENDEL Performance Hall isLittle equipped with the Tele-coil Hearing Loop for the hearing impaired.


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Cirque de la Symphonie, an exciting production company that brings the magic of cirque to the music hall, returns to DeVos Performance Hall for its 10th anniversary appearance with the Grand Rapids Symphony with its annual Cirque de Noël show. Cirque de la Symphonie’s shows are an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen performing on stage with a full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. Each performance is carefully choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to the level of a fine art. Fusing the power and majesty of live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. Cirque de la Symphonie’s accomplished, veteran performers include Olympic athletes, world record holders, and gold medalists from international competitions. Cirque de la Symphonie, which first collaborated with the Grand Rapids Symphony in November 2009, has worked with over 100 orchestras worldwide, adding new energy and excitement to the concert experience. MACAULAY CULKIN JOE PESCI DANIEL STERN JOHN HEARD and CATHERINE O’HARA

DEC 18-19 guest artists

and the Symphonic Boom Series

Director of Photography JULIO MACAT




Written and Produced by JOHN HUGHES

Production Designer JOHN MUTO


Soundtrack Album Available on CBS Records, Cassettes and Compact Discs

Color by Deluxe®

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presented by

THENUTCRACKER sponsored by

Dec. 13-15 & 20-22, 2019 | DeVos Performance Hall | 616.454.4771 x10 | grballet.com/nutcracker Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker; photo by Tim Motley

Community Support


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SYMPHONY SOCIETY The Grand Rapids Symphony extends its grateful appreciation to the following individuals and family foundations for their generous support of Symphony programs, services, and special events. GOLD BATON SOCIETY $25,000 OR MORE Anonymous Patrick & Leslie Ballard Karl & Patricia Betz The Blodgett Foundation Maggie Coleman Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Chuck & Julie Frayer George H. Gordon & Barbara Gordon Beatrice A. Idema F. Martin & Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund John & Mary Loeks Bonnie K. Miller James & Mary Nelson O’Donovan Family Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Larry J. Robson

SILVER BATON SOCIETY $10,000 TO $24,999 Beusse & Porter Family Foundation Margaret & Jeffrey Beusse Cornucopia Family Foundation James & Judy DeLapa Dick & Betsy DeVos Mr. & Mrs. Milo R. DeVries Roger & Marcia Draft Jack & Cheryl Dykstra II Michael & Lynette Ellis Gillett Family Foundation Magee & Dan Gordon Jack & Marge Greiner

Mary & John Hendrickson Paul & Rosemary Heule Marilyn C. Hunting Jandernoa Foundation Arthur C. & Patricia A. Johnson Jim Jurries Miner S. & Mary Ann Keeler Keller Foundation Douglas & Barbara Kindschi Jeffrey & Michelle Kinzbach Diane F. Lobbestael+ Michael & Suzanne Lutz

CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE $5,000 TO $9,999 Ken Betz Bjork Bradford Donor Advised Fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation Peg & Rick Breon Richard & Kathleen Bucknam Mark & Marty Campbell Bob & Julie Connors Jeffrey & Caroline Cook Lori Lee & Michael Curley Douglas & Margaret DeCamp Foundation Jason Decker & Tina Freese Decker Mr. & Mrs. Javier Estrada Fred Feldman Richard T. Groos David M. & Joyce F. Hecht

Mr. J.C. Huizenga & Dr. Tammy L. Born Huizenga John Hunting Margaret P. Idema Fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation The Jury Foundation Peter & Evonne Kok Marcelo Lehninger & Laura Krech Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Levan Hung and Elsie Liang Fund for Music Bruce & Candace Matthews Dave & Linda Mehney Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation Paine & McGovern Family Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation Terry McGovern & Carol Paine-McGovern

CONCERTMASTER’S CIRCLE $2,500 TO $4,999 Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Allen, Jr. Anonymous Luis & Amanda Avila Bob & Nora Bernhardt Rajene & Gregory Betz Etcyl & Ruth Blair John D. & Marian F. Bouwer Florence Bouwman Cornelius & Wilma Bykerk David & Sally Dams Douglas DeBoer Memorial Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation Joy DeBoer Mr. & Mrs. Gary Deuling Sheila Kinney & Robert Diamond Aaron & Eileen Doty Judy & Bill Dunn Patsy & Dave Eisler Robert & Rudean Fairman Paul & Bridget Farr


Frey Foundation Larry J. & Mary S. Gerbens Mrs. Barbara Hohman Rhonda & Matt Huismann Jim & Amy Keane Mr. & Mrs. Stewart J. Kniff Loretta & Donald Konecki Blake & Mary Krueger The Krueger Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation Ping & Tim Liang Barbara Mayo-Johnson Kate & John McGarry Bill & Pat Mills Bonnie & Curt Monhart Khan & Liza Nedd Family Fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation Mrs. Linda Nelson* Peter & Carroll Perez Dr. Leandro Robles & Richard Roane+

John & Judy Spoelhof Drs. David & Peggy Thompson The Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsley Foundation David & Janet Van Dyke Wege Foundation Peter & BJ Whigham Lynn & Stuart White Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation

The Marsilje Foundation Jack H. Miller Milt & Barbara Rohwer John & Judy Schneider Mary Schregardus Michael J. Shannon & Ann Albright-Shannon Mary E. Tuuk David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John Van Baren Daniel L. & Ellen VanderMey Joanne & Harold Voorhees, Sr. West Michigan Alliance for Veterans

Kevin & Gina Paul The Bill & Jillane Payne Fund Ed & June Prein Jim & Marie Preston Peter P. & Patricia Renucci Mrs. Linda Stafford Dave & Vonnie Staples Peter Clark & Shelly Stephens+ Karen Henry Stokes Tim & Gretchen Tierney Jerry L. & Marcia D. Tubergen Jonathan A. Tuuk Vander Waals Foundation

Alwyn & Chris Rougier-Chapman Bishop Marvin L. Sapp Padnos/Sarosik Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation Shelley Padnos & Carol Sarosik Pearl Shangkuan & Okke Surjana Victoria & John Sheagren Mr. & Mrs. Jack Smith Ms. Renee Tabben & Mr. Todd Wriggelsworth Doug & Alix Thompson Marilyn A. Titche Gary & Nancy Vandenberg Frank & Sharon Van Haven Ms. Sheila VanZile Mr. & Mrs. Phillip J. Vogelsang Mr. & Mrs. Julian Wachner Mr. & Mrs. Lester Wallinga Mr. & Mrs. Tom Welch

P A R T N E R S in performance – ANNUAL FUND M. James & Sarah G. Gunberg Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Haas David & Leslie Hatfield Jane & Greg Hazle Dr. Todd Helle & Mrs. Diane McElfish Helle*+ Paul B. Henry Foundation Earl & Donnalee Holton Advised Fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Christopher E. Hufnagel Mr. & Mrs. Don Hunt John & Martha Irwin Andy & Christina Keller Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation David & Marjory Kempers Douglas & Patricia Klein Mr. Terrence Ledbetter Ray & Nancy Loeschner Arend & Nancy Lubbers Andola & Brad Mathis Patrick M. McConeghy James R. McCormick Family Trust

Kim S. Mitchell Elizabeth & David Mohan Peg & Jeff Padnos Mr. & Mrs. Till Peters Mr. & Mrs. Erich Peterson*+ John & Chantal Porterfield Lori & Sam Raya Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Rosine Karl & Tovah Sanford Gregory Sanial & Eva Habetinova Dick Shumacker & Kay Blondin Beverly J. Simmons James & Laura Stadler Rebecca Steketee Wendy L. Stock Karl & Jean Vander Laan+ Carl & Sandy Ver Beek Janete & Lynn Wardell Rick & Jacquelyn Watson Doug & Jill Wilterdink+


PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE $1,200 TO $2,499 Don & Ellen Arlinsky Thomas & Karen Balaskas Dr. & Mrs. Steve and Sharon Barton+ Robert Beasecker & Erika King Fred Bogaert & Jean Boyden Janet Gatherer Boyles & John D Boyles Tim & Laurie Burdo Don & Fran Buske Rita & Stuart Citron Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Collier Julie & Phillip Croll James & Judith Czanko David L. DeBruyn Dale Deppe Stuart & Lynette Fall Marlin Feyen & Ruth Posthumus Gene & Debby Ford Jeffrey & Sheila Frank Dr. Raymond Fuller Marguerite Funghi Mr. & Mrs. Dick Gauthier

* Musician +Symphony Sustainer Bold denotes 90th Season Sponsor

Donor listings are for gifts received September 1, 2018 through September 15, 2019. For donor listings for support under $1,200, please go to www.grsymphony.org/PartnersInPerformance.

For information on ways to contribute to the Symphony’s Annual Fund, please contact Rachel Webster, Assistant Director of Development at 616.454.9451 x 123 or rwebster@grsymphony.org.


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Use your Willpower!

Your legacy gift to the Grand Rapids Symphony sustains the music you love and enriches our community for years to come.


Legacy of Leadership Circle Members Include Grand Rapids Symphony in your estate plan Make a charitable bequest in your will Endow your annual commitment Join us in Florida for Symphony in the Sun in Naples on January 21 and North Palm Beach on January 23

For more information on planned giving, please contact Diane F. Lobbestael Senior Vice President of Development 300 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.454.9451 x 122

Symphony in the Sun Partner

P A R T N E R S in performance – ANNUAL FUND

The Metronome Fund provides a way to commemorate special people and events while contributing to the Symphony’s Annual Fund, or if designated, Endowment Fund. Please mail your tribute to the attention of the Symphony’s Development department, call 616.454.9451 x 123 to make your donation by phone or make a secure online donation at GRSymphony.org.

for the Birthday of Patricia Jane VanderHeide Tracy VanderHeide



Vicky Weller Diane F. Lobbestael

in Honor of Dr. & Mrs. Larry Robson Michael & Kathy Shine Mr. & Mrs. John Schneider

Principal Harpist Elizabeth Wooster Colpean’s 20th Season Mrs. Marylin Leprich

in Memory of Don Arlinsky Mrs. Marylin Leprich Mrs. BJ Whigham Jeanne Bergsma Robert & Paulette Israels Lena Meijer Roger Beutner Anonymous BDO USA, LLP Florence Bouwman Patrick Butler Joseph & Norma Ciccone Pat & Mattie Conlon Gayle Cutler Stephen Feldman Todd Feldman Barbara & Bob Hunter Abby & Rick Kaplan Mrs. Marylin Leprich Monica Malouf Daniel Meeuwsen Sharon Neal

Roger Beutner (cont.) Peter & Carroll Perez Randy & Mae Preston Board of Supervisors County of Los Angeles; Mark Ridley-Thomas Ms. Jacquolyn Sawyer Robin Sherman Ms. Grace G. Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Ver Beek James P. Conlon Linda Love Stewart Mary Ann DeWitt Marcia Beutner Grand Rapids Symphony Friends Mr. & Mrs. Wallson Knack Mrs. Marylin Leprich Shirley Eriksson Karen Wolf & Steven Eriksson Elaine Janet Fletcher Ms. Marcia Evert Nadine & Mitchell Farran

Sue Grassmid Mr. Jud Grassmid

Edie McCargar Joseph & Barbara McCargar

Dr. Bruce Hall Burke & Jo Bero Leslie D. Cheney Sue & Bob ONeil Ken & Margaret Tiernan Mr. Robert G. White

Howard & Polly North Jim & Katie Green

Joseph Hall Mrs. Frances Hall Linn Keller Keller Foundation Peter & Carroll Perez Josephine Kiel Margaret Bauw Jill & Kailey Blasius Robert Bosgraaf Geraldine & Jozef Czarnik Shirley J. Drews Warren & Brenda Millett Clare & Mike Vilenski

Carole Paluska Mr. & Mrs. Keith Paluska Ronald E. Shoup Alesia Byrd Johnson Cherie Preville Lynn & Jeff Trinkl Jeremy & Kimberly Trotter Richard Budd Werner Mr. Mark F. Sherwood & Ms. Saralyn Coupe Grace Wilhelm Mary Cory

Metronome listings are for gifts received from March 15, 2019 through September 15, 2019.

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We are all works of art. Music illuminates the human experience. It connects us to each other, brings us closer, and reminds us of the incredible heights we’re capable of reaching. So from all of us at Huntington, a big thank you to the Grand Rapids Symphony for reminding us how brightly we all can shine.

Member FDIC. ⬢®, Huntington® and ⬢ Huntington. Welcome.® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. ©2019 Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


P A R T N E R S in performance – ANNUAL FUND In recognition of the outstanding support afforded the Symphony by the business community, we proudly present the Corporate Council. MAJOR SPONSORS $25,000 OR MORE Amway Corporation Bank of America Merrill Lynch Ellis Parking Co. Fifth Third Bank Fifth Third Foundation CED Fund Fox Motor Group Gerber

Grand Rapids Symphony Friends Herman Miller Cares Howard Miller Company Foundation Howard Miller Foundation Huntington League of American Orchestras Meijer

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Old National Bank PNC Foundation SpartanNash, Inc. Steelcase Foundation The Meijer Foundation Wolverine Worldwide

Jack Dykstra Excavating Legacy Trust Metro Health University of Michigan Health Pioneer Construction PricewaterhouseCoopers Spectrum Health Steelcase The Mary Free Bed Guild

United Bank Vibration Research Warner Norcross + Judd West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Witness Inspection Zhang Financial

Haworth, Inc. Holland Home JSJ Foundation Fund Lacks Enterprises Mercy Health Miller Johnson Norris, Perne & French, LLP Investment Counsel Pinnacle Construction Group, Inc.

Porter Hills RoMan Manufacturing, Inc. Stafford Media Universal Forest Products Inc. Varnum LLP Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling Wells Fargo Commercial Bank



SPONSORS $10,000 TO $24,999 American House Artsplace Bank of America Charitable Foundation Calvin University Chase Crowe LLP DTE Energy Foundation Ferris State University & Kendall College of Art and Design

GUARANTORS $5,000 TO $9,999 Anonymous BDO USA, LLP Carter Products Chemical Bank Crowe Horwath Foundation Gerald R. Ford International Airport Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Greenville Area Community Foundation Gun Lake Casino

BENEFACTORS $3,500 TO $4,999 Clark Hill PLC Eastern Floral

Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/ Arena Authority & SMG Management Grand Valley State University

Inclusive Performance Strategies Steenstra’s

PRESIDENT’S CLUB $1,000 TO $3,499 Bata Plastics, Inc. Comerica Bank Experience Grand Rapids Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Grand Rapids First Grand Wealth Management, LLC Heart of West Michigan United Way Honor Construction Irwin Seating Company

Gifts received September 1, 2018 through September 15, 2019 .

Kennari Consulting Lighthouse Full Life Center Church Mercantile Bank of Michigan St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Bold denotes 90th Season Sponsor

1001 40 th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 452-5300 www.bataplastics.com TM

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P A R T N E R S in performance – ANNUAL FUND

The Grand Rapids Symphony extends its sincere appreciation to the following corporations and foundations for their sponsorship of Symphony programs and projects. CONTRIBUTED GOODS & SERVICES American Seating Company Amway Hotel Corporation Aquinas College Basilica of St. Adalbert BDO USA, LLP Blandford Nature Center Steve Brook* Business Development Resource Calvin University Cannonsburg Ski Area Celebration! Cinema Haijin Choi* The Chop House Barbara Corbato & Martin Hogan* Country Dairy Crescent Street Floral Lorri Lee & Michael Curley Delta Airlines Eastern Floral & Gifts Eco Plants LLC Ellis Parking Company

Fence Consultants First United Methodist Church Chuck & Julie Frayer Paul & Caroline Freihofer* Andrew Genemans* Grace Episcopal Church Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/ Arena Authority & SMG Management Grand Rapids Public Schools GR Outdoor Holland Litho Printing John Ball Zoological Gardens Terry Johnston Juhas & Sullivan JW Marriott Grand Rapids Keyboard World Leanne King* Jack Latta* Leo’s Little Bird Malone IT Group

Marge’s Donut Den Martha’s Vineyard Meyer Music Mary Orr* Reserve River City Studios Romence Gardens & Greenhouse San Chez - A Tapas Bistro Michael Schaeffer Seasonal Grille SpartanNash, Inc. Steenstra’s Eric & Stacey Tanner* TerryTown RV University Club of Grand Rapids Julian Wachner William H. Vits* Warner Norcross + Judd Westfield Organ West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce * Musician



MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES Bank of America Charitable Foundation Caterpillar Foundation Chevron Humankind Dow Corning Exxon Mobil GE Foundation Grand Rapids Community Foundation

IBM Corporation Pfizer Foundation PNC Foundation Matching Gift Center Rockwell Automation Steelcase Foundation The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

The Gerber Foundation The Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsley Foundation The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation Wolverine Worldwide


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our donor listings. If you find an error or omission, please contact Rachel Webster, Assistant Director of the Annual Fund, at 616.454.9451, x 123 or rwebster@grsymphony.org. grct.org • 616-222-6650

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS & FOUNDATION TRUSTEES OFFICERS Chuck Frayer Chairperson Luis Avila Chairperson Elect Kate Pew Wolters Immediate Past Chairperson Anette W. Estrada Treasurer John P. Schneider Secretary Michael Ellis Vice Chairperson Tim Liang Vice Chairperson Tim O’Donovan Vice Chairperson Larry J. Robson, M.D. Vice Chairperson

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Luis Avila+ George A. Bayard III Karl Betz Elizabeth Wooster Colpean Paige Cornetet Lori Lee Curley David Dams Jason Decker JoAnn Derby Pamella DeVos* Dr. David L. Eisler Michael Ellis+ Anette W. Estrada+ Robert P. Fairman Gene Ford Charles Frayer+ Glenn Goodfellow Barbara A. Gordon Marcia Haas John Hendrickson Tracey Hornbeck+ Christopher E. Hufnagel Rhonda Huismann Don Hunt Marilyn C. Hunting* John Irwin+ Arthur C. Johnson

Dorothy A. Johnson+* Amy L. Keane Mrs. Miner S. Keeler* Peter J. Kok+ Patrick Kuras Terrance Ledbetter Joseph B. Levan Tim Liang+ Mary Ellen Logan Andola C. Mathis, M.D. Bonnie K. Miller* Jack H. Miller* Linda Nelson Tim O’Donovan+ Peg Padnos Nancy Patterson Gina Paul Peter M. Perez Lori Raya Richard A. Roane Larry J. Robson, M.D.+ Milton W. Rohwer Karl Sanford Greg Sanial Bishop Marvin L. Sapp John P. Schneider+ Rebecca Steketee Renee C. Tabben+

David E. Thompson, M.D. Mary E. Tuuk+ Harold Voorhees Tom Welch Doug Wilterdink Kate Pew Wolters+ * Honorary + Executive Committee

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES Joan M. Garety Chairperson William Walker Vice Chairperson W. Michael Van Haren Secretary Robert S. Collier Robert Fairman Milt Rohwer Kathleen Vogelsang IN MEMORIAM Edith I. Blodgett Helen DeVos F. Martin Johnson Linn Maxwell Keller Peter M. Wege

ADMINISTRATION & STAFF EXECUTIVE, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Mary T. Tuuk President and CEO Shelly Stephens Vice President of Finance and Administration James Edgett Controller Nancy Hopkins Senior Manager of Volunteer Services Debra Lehmann Finance Manager Paula Tibbe Manager of Human Resources and Finance

ARTISTIC OPERATIONS Aaron Doty Vice President and General Manager Julie Nystedt Assistant Vice President of Artistic Operations Gregg Gleasner Senior Artistic Advisor Erich Peterson Personnel Manager Sarah Bowman Peterson Principal Librarian Kyle Viana Production Stage Manager Larissa Fall Operations Coordinator

It is Grand Rapids Symphony policy that all of its employment opportunities, concerts, volunteers activities and services be offered equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, age or sex. This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

DEVELOPMENT Diane Lobbestael Senior Vice President for Development Sharon Barton Director of Development Rachel Webster Assistant Director of Development Natalie Schwarting Assistant Director for Donor Development and Board Relations Marisa DenBoer Donor Services Administrator Katie Sarb Development Events Coordinator EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT Dale Hovenkamp Manager of Education & Engagement Jo Preece Assistant Manager of Education Programs Mady Steffen Education & Engagement Assistant

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MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Denise Lubey Vice President for Marketing & Communications Toni Williamson Director of Marketing and Design Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk Senior Manager of Communications and Media Relations Corey Holcomb Digital Marketing Manager Nate Knobloch Graphic Designer TICKET SALES & CUSTOMER SERVICE Susan Markosky Director of Patron Services Maris Myers Patron Services Manager Nathan Koster Patron Service Representative


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2019-2020 Program Book, Volume 2  

2019-2020 Program Book, Volume 2