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LiveArts Presented by The Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation

85th Season Sponsor The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation

April 24, 2015

LiveArts Presented by The Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation


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David Lockington Welcome


Dan and Pamella DeVos Welcome


Peg Breon and Jim Preston 85th Season Chairs Welcome


Peter Perez and Peter Kjome Welcome


Michael Kaiser Welcome


Mayor George Heartwell Welcome

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Broadway Grand Rapids Introduction


LiveArts Program


I Will Rise


David Lockington




Grand Rapids Symphony


Grand Rapids Ballet and Junior Company Cast


Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Youth Symphony & Symphony Youth Choruses


Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus


Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra


Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses


Live Arts Community Youth Chorus and Marching Band


Grand Rapids Symphony Board of Directors and Staff


Special Thanks


LiveArts Gala Menu

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LiveArts Presented by The Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation

Welcome to one of the most unique events you will ever attend! This extravagant collaboration is both a celebration of the 85th anniversary of the Grand Rapids

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Symphony and a gathering of performing arts clans. Our goal is to dazzle and inspire you to dream. Imagination is a key ingredient of our humanity and we hope that this collage of dance and song will set your soul spinning in the direction of creativity. By sharing our stories through artistic striving we open our lives to opportunity and community. I feel enormous gratitude toward the nearly 100 donors that have made this evening possible. These people have believed in this visionary project and have supported our goal to continue to make the arts relevant to all our lives in Grand Rapids. Thank you. If you brought a child tonight you can be sure this event will be a landmark in their life. Watch and listen with the eyes and ears of a child and plant new seeds of creativity and hope in your own life. Let the party begin!

David Lockington Music Director Grand Rapids Symphony

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Dear Friends of the Arts,

Welcome to LiveArts Grand Rapids.

Serving as the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 85th Season Celebration Chairs and LiveArts Presenting Sponsors reminded us again of the community’s enthusiasm for the performing arts. Congratulations to the Symphony for enriching West Michigan with great orchestral music for 85 years, and creating an unprecedented concert memory to mark this significant milestone. Special thanks to Peg Breon and Jim Preston for their dedication to LiveArts’ success, and each of you that supported LiveArts.

Tonight, for the first time we will be entertained with an epic performance by the Grand Rapids Symphony, in collaboration with Opera Grand Rapids, Broadway Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Ballet, and hundreds of young people from schools across the greater Grand Rapids area.

Welcome and enjoy an evening of LiveArts…Grand Rapids’ finest! Like us, be reminded of all that makes West Michigan a vibrant community! Best regards,

Dan and Pamella DeVos 85th Season Celebration Chairs


Our special thanks to The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, 85th Season Celebration Sponsor and The Dan and Pamella DeVos Foundation, LiveArts Presenting Sponsor. These two generous donors have laid the foundation for this exciting event. We are honored to have served together co-chairing this evening... now, sit back and enjoy LiveArts!

Peg Breon 85th Season Chair

Jim Preston 85th Season Chair


LiveArts is the perfect capstone to a season celebrating David Lockington’s leadership as an artistic visionary and collaborator. Combining the talents of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera Grand Rapids along with Broadway Grand Rapids showcases the performing arts partners sharing their best with patrons. Van Andel Arena is the ideal setting for a larger than life concert with special effects possible only in this hall also featuring the Symphony Chorus, Youth Chorus, Youth Symphony and a chorus of students from schools across Kent County.

This evening is made possible because of the generous commitment of volunteer and artistic leadership from the collaborating organizations and their professional staff, along with hundreds of hours of preparation and thousands of dollars made up of gifts, large and small, from all across West Michigan. Thank you!


Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this evening’s extraordinary performance. With a remarkable spirit of collaboration and partnership, musicians, dancers, renowned guest artists – joined by talented youth from across our community – will come together for LiveArts, tonight’s powerful and inspirational program.

Congratulations on mounting the first LiveArts concert experience at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. This outstanding collaboration of Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Broadway Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet and students from the community is an incredible undertaking that speaks to the strong and vibrant arts community in Grand Rapids.

LiveArts showcases West Michigan’s dynamic performing arts and its commitment to youth development. We also recognize Music Director David Lockington’s legacy. His belief that music brings communities together is exemplified in this combined program of music, dance and singing. Along with David, you have created this rare opportunity for our local youth to perform with accomplished professional musicians and dancers for thousands of enthusiastic audience members. Thank you for understanding the important role that arts and culture play in our community. It is a privilege to be here with you for this astonishing performance. On behalf of the Grand Rapids Symphony Board of Directors, we are thrilled to extend our heartfelt thanks for your vision and commitment to making this event a reality.

The energy, passion, and creativity that you will experience today at LiveArts is just a small window on the amazing world of the arts that is present in Grand Rapids. Over the past five years I have been fortunate to see, first hand, the diversity and depth of your cultural ecology. Arts organizations throughout the world face tremendous challenges in the twenty-first century. I believe new and exciting arts events such as LiveArts will help arts institutions overcome these challenges. Special thanks to the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Dan and Pamella DeVos, Peg Breon and Jim Preston, for all their contributions to this epic celebration that will bring more people to the arts than any single organization could on its own. With regards and appreciation,

Warm regards,

Peter M. Perez Board Chairperson


Peter T. Kjome President and CEO

Michael M. Kaiser Chairman DeVos Institute of Arts Management


We look forward to this unprecedented and magical event with a spirit of gratitude. With your leadership and support, the Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, Broadway Grand Rapids, Opera Grand Rapids, Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, along with many other talented performers, will present an exceptional performance at Van Andel Arena.


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2015-2016 SEASON Gold Sponsor Meijer Silver Sponsor Karl and Patti Betz Principal Sponsors Edith Blodgett Legacy Fund of The Brookby Foundation Steelcase Inc. Major Sponsor* Huntington Bank Bronze Sponsors The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation Spectrum Health Kate Pew Wolters Benefactor Sponsors* SMG Management Wolverine Worldwide

Partner Sponsors Chairperson's Council: Joe and Carole Davio Paul and Bridget Farr Wally and Becky Knack John and Judy Schneider Rick and Peg Breon David and Joyce Hecht & Mart and Dottie Johnson The Keeler Foundation Jack H. Miller Meg and Greg Willit Patron Sponsors* Blue Lake Public Radio Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation Frey Foundation Grand Rapids Community Foundation Herman Miller Cares VanderWeide Family Foundation WOOD TV8 Contributor Sponsors* Anonymous Jason and Tina Decker & Seth and Ruthann Wolk Rick and Melissa DeVos Northern Trust Bank John and Judy Spoelhof WGVU Public Media Underwriter Sponsors Jim and Kathleen Buzzitta Mike and Lynette Ellis Ferris State University Grand Valley State University Earl and Donnalee Holton Hope Network J.C. Huizenga Jim and Ginger Jurries Peter T. Kjome & Kristen Morrison Ray Loeschner Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors MLive Media Group – The Grand Rapids Press Tim and Karen O’Donovan Peter and Carroll Perez Pioneer Construction Jim and Marie Preston Larry and Sally Robson Jerry L. and Marcia D. Tubergen Foundation David & Carol Van Andel Foundation continued next page




85th Season Chairs, Fundraising Committee & Sponsors

85th Season Underwriter Sponsors Amerikam John D. and Marian F. Bouwer Ronald and Julie Cornetet Michael and Lori Curley Paul B. Henry Foundation Roger and Melanie Jansen Rick and Kate McNamara Kevin and Gina Paul Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Porter Hills Milt and Barbara Rohwer Wendy L. Stock David and Anne-Lise Whitescarver LiveArts Underwriter Sponsors Steve and Cheryl Boshoven Crowe Horwath, LLP Custer, Inc. Jim Hamilton, CFP Win and Kyle Irwin Mike and Sue Jandernoa Kendall College of Art and Design David and Amy Leonard Triangle Associates Richard and Barbara Young



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Special Thanks Art Craft Display, Inc. Captus Creative Ellis Parking Marty Hogan Terry Johnston Kendall College of Art and Design Lambert, Edwards & Associates Meijer Modern Day Floral SMG Management Steelcase Inc. Storytelling Pictures Terzes Photography


Friend of the Arts Sponsor* AMDG Architects John and Sharon Bouma The Brooks Family - Holland Calvin College Sam and Janene Cummings Integrated Architecture Kennari Consulting Lake Michigan Credit Union Bonnie Miller Bill and Pat Mills Norris, Perne and French LLP OtterBase Reagan Marketing + Design Peter P. and Patricia Renucci RoMan Manufacturing Inc. Peter and Joan Secchia


Grand Rapids Symphony Recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras, the Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates its 85th anniversary this season, a tribute to an enduring partnership with the West Michigan community that has embraced it since the orchestra’s founding in 1930. The 2014-15 Season marks the conclusion of David Lockinton’s tenure as Music Director, a record 16 years in the role. He’ll become the first Music Director Laureate in the Symphony’s history as the organization embarks on a search for a new music director. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities, reached through extensive education and community programs. Nine concert series are presented with performances designed to capture the imagination of young children and adults alike, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. These series include the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical, Fox Motors Pops, Nestlé Gerber SymphonicBoom, Porter Hills Coffee Classics, Crowe Horwath Great Eras, Sacred Dimensions, PNC Lollipops, DTE Energy Foundation Family and the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops series. As part of its inclusion initiatives, the Symphony presents the annual “Symphony with Soul” community collaboration. The concert features the Grand Rapids Symphony Community Chorus and connects cultures through the shared language of music. Concert proceeds help support the “Mosaic Scholarship Fund,” created in 2005 through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Scholarships are awarded annually to African-American and Hispanic students, providing instrumental training and mentorship by Symphony musicians. The Grand Rapids Symphony has a long history of commitment to youth education and music participation. This season marks the 54th anniversary of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, presented by Meijer. In 2008, the organization established the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses presented by Legacy Trust. For more than 25 years, musician ensembles have performed in West Michigan schools; this year the Artist-In-Residence program partners with 44 schools, reaching into 15 counties and touching the lives of more than 17,000 Kindergarten through sixth-graders. Fifth-Grade Concerts have been presented since 1944, and annually they provide a live symphonic concert experience for more than 15,000 fifth-graders. The Symphony has also sponsorsed the Grand Rapids Bach Festival since 2013, the 140-member Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, which celebrates its 53rd season this year, and provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The orchestra is heard throughout West Michigan through broadcasts on NPR affiliate Blue Lake Public Radio.



Grand Rapids Ballet As Michigan’s only professional ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) serves as a cultural export for Grand Rapids and the entire state of Michigan. The ballet has garnered national and international recognition with its dancers performing in Austria, Japan, France, Miami, New York City, and Seattle. Recent articles and reviews in national publications such as Critical Dance, Pointe Magazine, Dance International, and Dance Magazine are fueling the company’s exceptional reputation in the international dance community. In 1971 the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet was established under founding Artistic Director Sally Seven. Summerfest School of Grand Rapids, a conservatory school for development of professional dancers, began in 1983 and later merged with the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet. Subsequently the two reorganized to form the Grand Rapids Ballet Company along with the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet. Current Artistic Director Patricia Barker, former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, is considered one of the world’s most gifted ballerinas. Under her artistic leadership, Grand Rapids Ballet has become the premiere dance organization in the state of Michigan. Working with internationally acclaimed choreographers and stagers, GRB has added over 60 works to the company’s repertoire. All were either company premieres by renowned choreographers never before performed by the Ballet, or commissioned world premieres created exclusively for the company. These works have been performed in Seattle, New York, Brno, Bratislava, and Vienna. Grand Rapids Ballet’s re-imagined production of The Nutcracker showcases a one of a kind collaboration between world-renowned writer and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, Tony Award winning set designer Eugene Lee, and choreographer Val Caniparoli. This production premiered in 2014 and will be a gift to the community for many years to come. Overall, the future growth of Grand Rapids Ballet has been cemented in a foundation of excellence as we continue to reinforce our position as a premiere arts organization.



Opera Grand Rapids Opera Grand Rapids began in 1967 as the dream of a handful of opera loving Grand Rapidians. Today we are the longest running professional opera company in Michigan. We present professional, live opera for audiences in West Michigan. Our main stage productions feature a cast of international artists, our local Opera Grand Rapids Chorus and Children’s Chorus, and the music of the Grand Rapids Symphony. We are also proud to call the Betty Van Andel Opera Center our home. Completed in 2010, the facility is the nation’s first LEED Certified opera production facility. At “the Betty” we build our opera productions, coordinating costumes, music and staging. The Opera Center is also home to our administrative offices, costume shop, meeting spaces, and vocal suites. The Opera Center is also available for rentals for special events such as weddings and concerts.



Broadway Grand Rapids Theater is all about creating magic on stage. For more than a quarter century, Broadway Grand Rapids has enchanted local audiences with performances by the nation’s most noteworthy actors and actresses. The opportunity to see the stars from Broadway is an act of wizardry itself, giving downtown Grand Rapids, the feel and attraction of the Big Apple. Legendary talents like Robert Goulet, Faye Dunaway, Judd Hirsch, Mickey Rooney, Cathy Rigby and Joel Grey, Richard Thomas and Marie Osmond have all basked in the DeVos Hall footlights. Hosting the best tours means just that. The touring shows coming to DeVos Performance Hall are essentially the same as those visiting Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas. Positioning our city in that top national tier, reinforces that Grand Rapids is so much more than just a nice quiet city. We are an exciting, inviting, progressive place where arts and culture are present year-round. We bring both West Michigan residents and tourists alike to our downtown to enjoy the highest level of arts and entertainment. Broadway Grand Rapids also strives to amplify the theatrical experience for community residents beyond the performance stage. We seek out every opportunity to bring the professional singers, dancer and musicians to area schools, lecture halls, dance classes and television studios to provide workshops and additional learning opportunities close up and face to face. Broadway Grand Rapids’ role is to be a community player acting to make our city an artistic destination with every show and every performance.

Kinky Boots Tour Photo by Matthew Murphy



LiveArts Program Friday, April 24, 2015 | 8:00 pm Van Andel Arena Creative expression and thought lives within all of us, sparked by memorable moments of inspiration. LiveArts is about celebrating those singular moments that make imagination take flight and dreams soar. It is the embodiment of a community coming together in the spirit of collaboration to celebrate the “inner artist” in us all. We all have a story to tell. We all have our own insights, hopes and dreams that we long to share and it is through the arts—the living arts—that the voice of a community is expressed. Who we are as a people is articulated in what our arts organizations have to say. LiveArts says we nurture, we inspire, we empower. Whether it is children showing their raw and uninhibited desire to express through music and dance, or adults carrying with them a lifetime of love of the arts, there was some moment that lit the flame of expression in them. Inspiration can emerge from almost anywhere. Often, it comes from the myriad of powerful emotions that living life brings with it. It also comes from the beauty and wonder of nature. But sometimes, it comes from hearing a simple, yet profoundly beautiful melody soaring off the strings of a cello like a swan taking flight. This is how our journey in LiveArts begins.

Grand Rapids Symphony David Lockington, conductor Opera Grand Rapids Chorus Duane Shields Davis, director Broadway Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Ballet Patricia Barker, director Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Pearl Shangkuan, director Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus Sean Ivory, director Grand Rapids Symphony Prelude and Junior Youth Choruses Jackie Schoon, director Grand Rapids Youth Symphony John Varineau, director East Kentwood High School Marching Band James Ross and James Sawyer, directors Grandville High School Marching Band Eduardo Garcia, director Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company Attila Mosolygo, director and choreographer Alexandra LoBianco, soprano

Dinyar Vania, tenor

Philip Horst, baritone

Joe Carroll, vocalist

Laurie Veldheer, vocalist

Chelsea Helm, soprano

Calvin VanZytveld, actor and cello

Leah Ivory, drummer

Michael Taylor, drummer

Mary Creswell, alto


- Jeffrey Marc Buchman artistic director


LiveArts Program

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 8:00 pm | Van Andel Arena

continued Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals

John Williams (b. 1932), arr. Wilson Summon the Heroes

Alicia Eppinga, cello Ethan Kroll, dancer

East Kentwood High School Marching Band Grandville High School Marching Band

Elizabeth Colpean, harp Lily Pietryga, dancer

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Festive Overture

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Arr. Luck “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals

Grand Rapids Symphony

Calvin VanZytveld

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) Selections from Tosca Vissi d’arte E lucevan le stelle Te Deum, finale of Act I

John Williams (b. 1932) Superman March Grand Rapids Symphony Dinyar Vania Opera Grand Rapids Chorus

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) Selections from Phantom of the Opera All I Ask of You Music of the Night Joe Carroll John Varineau, conductor

Laurie Veldheer

Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Grand Rapids Junior Ballet Sean Ivory (b. 1969) I Will Rise Laurie Veldheer Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Grand Rapids Youth Symphony LiveArts Community Youth Chorus

Carl Orff (1895-1982) Selections from Carmina Burana In trutina Tempus est iocundum Dulcissime Ave formosissima O Fortuna Chelsea Helm Grand Rapids Ballet Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Grand Rapids Symphony

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) “Berceuse and Finale” from The Firebird

Joe Carroll Opera Grand Rapids Chorus Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses Grand Rapids Symphony

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Selections from the Finale of Symphony No. 9 Philip Horst Opera Grand Rapids Chorus Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus

Alexandra LoBianco Dinyar Vania Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Grand Rapids Symphony

Mary Creswell Philip Horst Opera Grand Rapids Chorus Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses

Intermission LiveArts Production David Lockington, music director Alain Lores, video designer Steve Dumont, sound designer David DiManna, video director Roger Nelson, producer


Jeffrey Marc Buchman, artistic director Tom Lohman, lighting designer Marshall Yoder, technical director Andy Terzes, videography


Alexandra LoBianco Philip Horst Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony


I Will Rise I Will Rise was commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony for LiveArts. The piece brings the listener on a journey from darkness into light, from isolation into community. Scored for full orchestra, West African drumming, multiple choruses and soloists, I Will Rise fuses diverse elements into a cohesive whole in order to express the importance of the arts to one’s individuality and to one’s larger community, Lyrics by Nancy Patterson are combined with three other textual elements: a paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two are better than one if you fall, I will pick you up”; a Malinke proverb, “Without joy there is no music - without music there is no joy”; and a single stanza from Friedrich Schiller’s poem, An die Freude, “Joy, joy moves the wheel in the universal time machine.” The latter text, not found in Beethoven’s setting of the poem for his Ninth Symphony, is set to the traditional tune of the Ode to Joy.

Notes about the drumming: The West African rhythm, Balakulandjan, is played by the sangban, kenkeni, dununba and djembes in the first half of this piece. In the Malinke tradition, Balakulandjan is a rhythm that is played at any occasion where children are present, such as baptisms, naming ceremonies, weddings and family social events. The Balakulandjan songs says “A child is better than anything in the world.” This rhythm honors David Lockington’s passion for music education opportunities for children and recognizes the growth in outreach and the birth of the Youth Chorus program under his leadership. The second half of the song incorporates a dununba rhythm written by Leah Ivory. Dununba, the name of the largest West African drum, is also the name of a family of rhythms which reference the “dance of the strong men.” This rhythm was chosen to honor the strong leadership of Maestro Lockington.


In 2015, two major milestones have been reached in the life of the Grand Rapids Symphony: The orchestra celebrated its 85th season and bid farewell to David Lockington as Music Director after 16 seasons. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s commitment to youth in the arts and youth education programs served as the inspiration for the lyrics of “I Will Rise.”


David Lockington

Steelcase Foundation Chair

The 2014-15 Season marks David Lockington’s 16th season as music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony and his final year in the position. Under his direction, the Symphony has achieved new heights of artistic excellence and greater acclaim, including numerous four-star concert ratings by The Grand Rapids Press. In 2005, Mr. Lockington led the orchestra before a full house in New York’s Carnegie Hall. The New York Times commended the orchestra for being a model in the Classical music world. The Grand Rapids Symphony also earned a 2007 Grammy Award nomination and has five recordings led by Mr. Lockington. The recordings have received high praise, including the orchestra’s CD of Adolphus Hailstork’s Second and Third Symphonies, released internationally on the Naxos label in 2007. Additionally, 2008 saw the successful start of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. At this initiative, the Symphony has also reached out to new and diverse audiences through its annual community concert “Symphony with Soul,” now in its 13th season.

Patricia Barker Patricia Barker, Artistic Director for Grand Rapids Ballet and a former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, is considered one of the world’s most gifted ballerinas. She stages, rehearses and coaches ballets for professional companies including staging works for the Balanchine Trust on the Slovak National Ballet and the Hungarian National Ballet. In her role as Artistic Advisor for the Slovak National Ballet, she also advised on programming and fundraising. Ms. Barker is a judge for international ballet competitions and teaches at nationally renowned schools. Her entrepreneurial and management experience includes product design and development for her own dancewear company, a patent award while consulting with a leading dancewear manufacturer, and product development consulting for a dance accessories company. She’s also dedicated to bring greater awareness to bone and joint health, acting as a spokesperson for the United States Bone and Joint Decade.

Mr. Lockington conducts the Symphony on seven of nine concert series, as well as festivals and community concerts. His guest conducting engagements includes appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Colorado, Oregon, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Pacific, Nashville, San Diego, Kansas City and Columbus symphonies; the Louisville Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; the Buffalo, Rochester, Calgary and Louisiana philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan, led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia, and appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain.

Joe Carroll Joe Carroll graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 2008, as well as the University of Michigan’s School of Music Theatre and Dance with honors in 2012. He also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. While in college he performed at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, under the direction of Kurt Stamm. After graduation Joe moved to New York City making his broadway debut in the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier awarding musical Once. While working on Once, he developed new projects at Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company as well as television appearances on the CW’s The Carrie Diaries and the long running hit All My Children. In the summer of 2013, Joe left Once to appear along side Orlando Bloom in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. He was most recently seen on Broadway opposite Carly Rae Jepsen and Keke Palmer as Prince Charming in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Since May 2007, Mr. Lockington has served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra in California. In March 2013, he was named music director of the Pasadena Symphony. Prior to leading the Grand Rapids Symphony, Mr. Lockington held the music directorships of the Long Island Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony and Ohio Chamber Orchestra. For three years, he held the post of assistant conductor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado. Mr. Lockington was also associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lockington began his career as principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, he came to the U.S. on a scholarship to Yale University, where he received his master’s degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist for three years with the Denver Symphony Orchestra before turning to conducting. Mr. Lockington arrived in this country in 1978 and is a U.S. citizen. He is married to violinist Dylana Jenson. They live in Grand Rapids and have four children. 28


Mary Creswell, mezzo-soprano Mezzo-soprano Mary Creswell appears throughout the United States in opera, oratorio, and chamber music. Her active and varied performing schedule includes the operatic roles of Dorabella, Rosina, and Carmen. Her rich mezzo sound has been heard on the concert stage with the Detroit Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Manchester Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Austin Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony and regularly with orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The orchestrated songs of Mahler, Verdi's Requiem, and Jeremiah Symphony by Bernstein are gems in her repertoire. She’s a frequent soloist with the American Chamber Players and is engaged with them in a prestigious concert series. Lauded for her versatile voice, Ms. Creswell effortlessly makes the transition from opera house and orchestra hall to chamber music and recital. She has been described as having an inner pliability on stage, which transcends all boundaries.


Biographies Chelsea Helm Joining the Grand Rapids Symphony for the third time this season as a featured soloist is soprano Chelsea Helm. Also this season, Ms. Helm was heard with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. Chelsea was the 2013 first prize winner of Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition, and was twice presented with the Jessye Norman Award for Most Promising Young Artist by the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She studied in the opera studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and received her BM from Western Michigan University. She has performed internationally with WMU’s Gold Company and she released her first full-length album, The Four Corners, in 2013 with the vocal jazz ensemble. Ms. Helm will be pursuing her master’s in voice performance at Rice University in Houston. Philip Horst, bass-baritone Hailed by Opera News for a “theatrical intensity [that] was harmonized by sheer vocal beauty in his first performances of Orest in Elektra, Philip Horst makes his Seattle Opera debut in a long-awaited return to the role of Scarpia in Tosca in the 2014-15 season. He also returns to San Francisco Opera as Panthée in Les Troyens and for Tutino’s Two Women, sing Lieutenant Horstmayer in the European premiere of Putz’s Silent Night, and creates the character of Tortsheiner in the world premiere of world premiere of Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story with Palm Beach Opera. Last season, he made house and role debuts with English National Opera as Pizarro in Fidelio and the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Gamekeeper in Rusalka. Mr. Horst was the first prize winner of the Wagner division of the Liederkranz Competition and the second prize winner in the Wagner division of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, both in 2011. Sean Ivory Verduin Charitable Foundation Chair Sean Ivory is a choral conductor, pianist and composer living in Grand Rapids. He is the director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus and its select treble ensemble, Mandala. Since 1992, Mr. Ivory has been the vocal music instructor at Forest Hills Central High School. He has held positions at St. Cecilia Music Society, the North American Choral Company, and Calvin College, and was recently appointed director of the Calvin College Oratorio Society. His choirs have performed at both state and regional conventions for the American Choral Directors Association, and have toured Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Ghana and the Czech Republic. Mr. Ivory also works as a pianist and composer. Several of his works (many of which are collaborations with Chicago composer Paul Caldwell) are published by Earthsongs, Alliance Music, Hal Leonard and GIA Music. In 2014, Paul and Sean conducted a concert of their music at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 31


Biographies Alexandra LoBianco, soprano American soprano Alexandra LoBianco has been hailed as possessing “a true Verdian voice of velvet-covered steel,” capable of “effortlessly tossing off trills and roulades” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). She has been awarded First Prize in the 2013 Altamura International Vocal Competition and was named a First Prize winner of the William Sullivan Foundation 2013 Awards. Past highlights include her debut as Turandot, and performing as Leonora in Il trovatore, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Sieglinde in Die Walkure, Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, and Clotilde in Norma, with such companies as Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, St. Petersburg Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, West Bay Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Chelsea Opera, New Century Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and New Jersey State Opera. She has been a teaching artist, adjudicator, and voice teacher and mentor. Pearl Shangkuan Covenant Chair In her 11th season as the chorus director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Dr. Shangkuan is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician across the U.S. and internationally. A professor of music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, her choirs have appeared at the American Choral Directors Association conventions as well as toured Asia and Europe. Dr. Shangkuan has a signature choral series with Earthsongs publishing, is the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship music series, published by GIA, and recently made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall. Studying under pre-eminent American choral conductor and chorus master of the New York Philharmonic, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, Dr. Shangkuan received her bachelor of music in church music (summa cum laude) and master of music in choral conducting (with distinction) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; and her doctorate in choral conducting from Rutgers University. Jackie Sonderfan Schoon Jackie Sonderfan Schoon teaches elementary music for Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and directs children’s choirs, both for the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses and for Westminster Presbyterian Church. She attended Calvin College and Michigan State University. She has presented at several music conferences in Michigan and has served on the state’s board of the American Choral Director’s Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s and Boy’s Choirs. Dinyar Vania, tenor Dinyar Vania has recently emerged as one of the country’s most exciting young tenors. With a voice which combines both power and beauty, he has earned critical acclaim portraying several of the most beloved roles in opera. His engagements for 2014-15 include the Duke in Rigoletto with Opera Omaha; a return to Pensacola Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, also the same role in his Opera Birmingham debut;


Dinyar Vania, tenor continued his Opera Colorado debut as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; and joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of La bohème. He has performed with New York City Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, a role which he has also performed with Madison Opera, Opera Roanoke and Knoxville Opera. He has sung as Cavaradossi in Tosca with Dallas, Sacramento and Toledo operas; Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Cleveland; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Syracuse Opera. Calvin VanZytveld Calvin VanZytveld has played Principal Cello for the Michigan All-State Orchestras at the Middle and High School levels, and made his concerto debut this year with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. A cello student of Stephen Redmon, he has been a winner in many competitions, including the Lansing Symphony Youth Competition, the Stillman-Kelly Award of the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Robert Madura Scholarship of the Grand Rapids Musicians League. At Meadowmount School of Music in New York, Calvin studied with Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet, performed in master classes for concert cellists including Lyn Harrell, and was a winner in the chamber music play-offs. Calvin looks forward to attending Princeton University in the fall. John Varineau Wege Foundation Chair As associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony, John Varineau conducts the orchestra for nearly all of its concert series, including the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical, Fox Motors Pops, the Nestlé Gerber SymphonicBoom, DTE Energy Foundation Family, PNC Lollipops and D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops series. He also conducts a variety of educational and outreach concerts throughout the area. Mr. Varineau is committed to nurturing the next generation of classical music lovers. He is a frequent visitor to area schools and shares an infectious enthusiasm with students throughout West Michigan. Laurie Veldheer Laurie Veldheer grew up performing in and around the Grand Rapids area, auditioning for her first musical at the age of nine, for The King And I at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. She continued to pursue her dream by attending Penn State University and receiving her B.F.A. in Musical Theater. After graduation, she moved to New York City. Professional credits include: Broadway: Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, and Hannah/ Smalls (understudy and performed Katherine Plumber) in Newsies the Musical! Regional credits include: The Paper Mill Playhouse: Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hannah/Smalls (understudy Katherine Plumber) in Newsies The Musical!, and Brenda in Hairspray; Jane Foster in Hero The Musical at the Asolo Repertory Theatre; Natalie in Next to Normal at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Goodspeed Opera House; and Music Theatre of Wichita. Upcoming appearances include Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music at A.C.T. in San Fransisco. 33

Bob Bernhardt Principal Pops Conductor Beatrice A. Idema Chair

John Varineau Associate Conductor

Wege Foundation Chair

Pearl Shangkuan Chorus Director Covenant Chair

Sean Ivory Youth Chorus Director

Verduin Charitable Foundation Chair

*VIOLIN James Crawford Concertmaster

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Christina Fong

Associate Concertmaster

Mr. & Mrs. Milo R. DeVries Chair


Associate Concertmaster

Eric Tanner Principal 2nd

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Steven H. Brook Assistant Principal 2nd

Kenneth & Frances Ellis Chair


Susan Belliel Haijin Choi Sunny Cirlin Megan Crawford Lenore D’Haem James Eppinga Caroline Freihofer Christine Golden Gene Hahn Melissa Hamlen Lawrence Herzberg Sterling Jenkins Patricia Kates Adam Liebert Christopher Martin Diane McElfish Helle Linda Nelson Joshua Schlachter Fangye Sun Collette VandenBerg + Jennifer Walvoord David Wheeler

Steven Brook Timekeeper

Kyle Viana Production Stage Manager

VIOLA Leslie VanBecker Principal

OBOE Ellen Sherman Principal

TROMBONE John Meyer Principal

Barbara Corbató Assistant Principal

Alexander Miller Assistant Principal

Daniel Mattson Assistant Principal

Leanne King MacDonald Mary Jane Miller • Andrew Pool Kristen A. Shoup Heather Storeng Paul Swantek Olga Ziabrikova

Kathleen Gomez


Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Karl & Patricia Betz Chair

CELLO Alicia Eppinga Principal

Richard & Helen DeVos Chair

Jeremy Crosmer Assistant Principal Vladimir Babin Hyun Ji Choi Hannah Thomas-Hollands Will Preece Lorene Turkalo Steven VanRavenswaay Kay J. Shannon Chair

BASS Christopher Hamlen Principal

Mary I. Hunting Chair

Michael Hovnanian Assistant Principal Mark Buchner Michael Crawford Kevin Flannery Leo Hazen • Dennis Bergevin • Jonathan Reed FLUTE Christopher Kantner Principal Ruth Bylsma Assistant Principal

Laura May Ripley Chair

Judith Kemph PICCOLO Judith Kemph

Hilda Pantlind Armstrong Chair

Miner S. & Mary Ann Keeler Chair

The Marsilje Foundation Chair

ENGLISH HORN Kathleen Gomez

JSJ Corporation Chair

CLARINET Suzanna Bratton Principal

Stuart & Barbara Padnos Chair

Michael Kornacki Assistant Principal Joel Schekman E-FLAT/BASS CLARINET Joel Schekman BASSOON Martha Bowman Principal

Elizabeth E. Snell Chair

Vincent Karamanov Assistant Principal

Peter & Gay Cummings Chair

TUBA Vacant Principal • Jacob Cameron TIMPANI Daniel Karas Principal

Bonnie K. Miller Chair

David Hall Assistant Principal PERCUSSION William H. Vits Principal

The Blodgett Foundation Chair

David Hall Assistant Principal

Larry & Sally Robson Chair


Elliot Beck • Marc Churchill • Andrew Fritz • Greg Secor

HORN Richard Britsch Principal

HARP Elizabeth Wooster Colpean Principal

Erich Peterson Assistant Principal

KEYBOARD Vacant Principal

Larry & Anne Kloth Chair

Dr. David & Dr. Margaret Thompson Chair

Peter & BJ Whigham Chair

Paul Austin • Mary Beth Orr • Tricia Ruffer • Jeffrey Johnson TRUMPET Michael Bowman Principal Charley Lea Assistant Principal • Neil Mueller • Robert White

David & Marilyn Hunting Chair

David & Joyce Hecht Chair

• Kelly Karamanov • Helen Lukan

Chairs titled in recognition of Annual Campaign sponsorship gifts or, where listed in boldface type, major Endowment Fund contributions. * Strings listed alphabetically after titled chairs • Supplemental musicians + Leave of Absence


Steelcase Foundation Chair

Lenore D'Haem Assistant Librarian

Sarah Bowman Peterson Librarian

Grand Rapids Symphony

David Lockington Music Director

Erich Peterson Personnel Manager


Grand Rapids Ballet and Junior Company Cast

Grand Rapids Ballet Cast

Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company Cast

Isaac Aoki

Gretchen Ackerman

Vanessa Cielle Therese Davis Dawnell Dryja Connie Flachs Morgan Frasier Ednis Gomez Christian Griggs-Drane Darrell Haggard Steven Houser Cassidy Isaacson Jack Lennon Keely Lytton Yassaui Mergaliyev Attila Mosolygo Dave Naquin Yuka Oba Hannah Potter Micaelina Ritschl Emily Rose Stephen Sanford Nicholas Schultz Jessica Smith Demi Trezona Hannah Wilcox Caroline Wiley


Anneke Avery Clara Crossley Cristina Gardner Lydia Hart Grace Jones Ethan Kroll Patrick Lennon Sarah Peterson Liliana Pfeifer Charlie Pietryga Lily Pietryga Emily Ratkos Julia Rudlaff Hannah Schenck Grace Sinke Izzy VanderHyde Benjamin Waldvogel Rachel Walker

Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Youth Symphony and Symphony Youth Choruses

Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus The Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus was organized and founded in 1962 with the guidance and support of Mary Ann Keeler. Today, it is a volunteer organization of 140 members dedicated to achieving excellence in choral presentations. Under the direction of Dr. Pearl Shangkuan since 2004, the chorus has reached an admirable level of artistic choral performance. The chorus performs major works with the orchestra during the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series and Fox Motors Pops Series concerts. The Chorus actively seeks new members who are experienced singers and have music reading ability. New singers may join the Chorus throughout the season by private audition which can be arranged by calling the Symphony office at 616.454.9451 x 140. If you enjoy singing and want to be part of an excellent musical ensemble, join us. It’s even more thrilling from the stage! Grand Rapids Youth Symphony The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony was formed in 1959 by the Grand Rapids Symphony as a means for Western Michigan’s most talented young musicians to rehearse and perform together under demanding professional standards. For over 50 years, the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony has been part of and administered by the Grand Rapids Symphony. This special organization provides: in-depth study of difficult Orchestral repertoire, sectional coaching by leading professional musicians, three concerts in fine acoustical halls, chamber ensemble training, and an annual Skip Gates Concerto Competition. The Classical Orchestra was founded in 2000. It focuses on music literature from the Classical period. Students engage in weekly sectionals and a full rehearsal. This is an exciting addition to the Grand Rapids musical community. The conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra is John Varineau. Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses The Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses became an affiliate of the Grand Rapids Symphony in May of 2008. Three choirs form a graded choral program that exists to maintain a tradition of choral excellence for young people in West Michigan. Youth Chorus members receive extensive training as well as opportunities to join the Grand Rapids Symphony in performances of major works from the choral and symphonic traditions. Two training choirs, the Prelude Chorus and Junior Youth Chorus, are directed by Jackie Sonderfan Schoon. The senior ensemble, directed by Sean Ivory, aspires to professional musical standards and is known simply as the Youth Chorus. During the 2014-15 season the Youth Chorus is featured in the concert “Love and Life”, as well as the upcoming “Holiday Pops” and a collaboration concert from various Grand Rapids arts organizations in April – “LiveArts.”


Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Pearl Shangkuan, chorus director Sean Ivory, assistant chorus director

Soprano I Jessie Belote* Melissa Janes Laina Mills Susan Moss Mary Louise Ott Caroline Seethaler Emily Smith Sara Sowerwine Kathleen Veenstra Pool Sara Veenstra-Ashley Kate Veltkamp Soprano II Sarah Arndt Kate Baxter Amber Boshoven Jean Breutzman Kate Bynski Jeneviene Candler †Janet Carter Carol De Jonge Erinn Epp Jamie Guillaume Barbara Heisler Laura Hoekstra Jennifer Holt Laura Hoyer Kris Johnson Elissa Lew Patti McConnell* Beth Mears Cindy Molnar Lisa Novosad Lindsey Perrault Candy Pierce Tania Rentz Elizabeth Schmieding Claire Garrity Sinn Linda Snoek Magda Tigchelaar Elizabeth Van Meurs Kathleen VanderVelde Theresa Weiss Rebecca Wolters 38

Alto I Amy Benjamin Amy Fein Chriscynethia Floyd Laura Gay Maggie Harrod-Burch Donna Hattem Aimee Hunt* Cindy McAuliffe Jacqueline McCarthy Karen Rambo Beth Rowsey Andria Savara Peggy A. Snell Valerie Valentine Emily Verdonk Kristina Wheeler Mary Wierenga Sara Wolfert Katy York Amber Boshoven Jean Breutzman Alto II Jennifer S. Austin Debra Brower Leslie DeJong Bonney Joyce Dunlap Sarah Hall* Laura Harris Leslie Hess Susanne Jacobs Carol Janssen Robin Kieft Liz Kingma Emily Kramer Shirley Lemon Jodi MacLean Kimberly Meiste Nancy Patterson Karen Rowsey Carolyn Schultz Cynthia Servis Mary Lou Smith Jenny Talsma

Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra Nicholas Palmer, accompanist Erika Spykman, assistant to the chorus director

Tenor I Ben De Leeuw Joseph Herdegen Jeremy Kamps Richard Krueger Patrick Kuras Tim McAree Scott Parmenter Paul Sapp Rick Sinn Josh VanderWeide

Tenor II Richard Bandstra Jon Barendse Justin Bauman Jim Corrado* Doug Datema Robert Kleinhans Brian Nederveld Mike Pierce Mark Shepard William Van Ark Keith Vander Linden

Baritone Iain Cook Brett DeVries Al Griffin Travis Housler Fred Hulce Sean Jennings Logan Knoppers Mark Loring Douglas Lubbers Richard Moser Joseph Pasman David Perry Roland Prevost Donald M. Scamehorn Joel VanderWeide

Bass Alex Barringer Doug Becker Tom DeVries* Spencer Fish Matthew Fleming John Hoyer Craig Johnson Jim Kleinheksel Robert Koroknay-Palicz Dale McRae Will Nieboer Michael Ponsetto Paul Robertson Tymon VanKempen Keith Warren Michael York * Section Leader †Charter Member

YOUTH SYMPHONY Violin Lauren Blunt Colin Buist Talia Chen Sarah Chen Dakota Culbertson Paolo Dara* Concert Master Milo DeVries Chair

Miriam DeVries Karl Falb**** Catherine Filla Jeremy Freed Elise Greidanus** Megan Herrema John Hoeksema Abby Jonker Mara Logan Lindsay Ma Miranda Madden Kathryn Martin Liesl Mom Anu Paul Alyssa Peters Aaron Piskun +Emily Sall Diane Burgess Chair

Chorus Board Officers Jacqueline McCarthy president Jim Kleinheksel president-elect Richard Moser treasurer Nancy Patterson secretary Jeremy Kamps social chair Richard Krueger historian Beth Mears librarian Donald M. Scamehorn assistant librarian

Jessica Santa-Clara Brian Seper Hayley Smith Ashley Grace Stephenson ++Alixandra Stiefel Jonathan Thomas Rachel Thomas MadelineVanEck Lillian Wynalda Viola Faith Amerson Anna Baermann Christina Birmingham Elijah Boulton** Kennedy Dixon Margarite Filla Bradley Fisher* Sandra Adams Madeleine Haines Olivia Heeringa Caroline Heule Bailey Johnson

Rachel Koopman Sean Lang Jason Pruim Teresa Strobel Karmyn VonEhr Kathryn Wezeman Cello Kate Blumenstein Karina Bursch Rafael Campos Jacob Doctor Mitchell George Kelsey Johnson Patrick Jonker*** Isadore A Robbins Chair

Helen LaGrand Michael Lu Sarah Mayhew Gabe Meyer Abby Pletcher Abigail Schneider Christina Leigh Stephenson Tyler Suttner*** Johnathan VanDyke String Bass BrooksBarnes ShannonGiberson* Sandra Adams Family Chair

Isabel Hodson Daniel Kumapayi** Alex Martin Joel Muyskens Stephen Rose

Clarinet Claire Salinas Tabitha Sherk** Katie VanOort* Bassoon Annika Bekker Lindsey Gilder Andrew Playford*** Jake Wilkins*** English Horn Ilene Gould Horn Joseph Essenburg Josh Fagerlin*** Hope Jonker*** Micah Longjohn Michael Scobey Gordie Sleeper Eva Smith Eden Stargardt Laura Witte** Trumpet Joel Campau Alex Kramer Morgan Mitteer** Brent Proseus* Trombone Jim Groelsma Matthew Jendritz** Christopher Kelley Keith Krueger Goodman Chair

Flute Henry Bransdorfer** *Hannah Petersen* Brittany Weston

Owen Longjohn* Matthew Oomkes EthanVanAntwerp

Flute and Piccolo Henry Bransdorfer** Lydia Holtrop

Tuba Peter Cripps** Jacob Phillips*

Oboe Ilene Gould*** Jared Hazen**** Renae Lyons AndreasVandenBerge***

Percussion Noah Mallett Alec Ockaskis Carter Prost Trevor Sooy

Nancy Summers Meeusen Chair

Don Firlick Family Chair

Harp Jessica Martin CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Violin +Tyler Buikema Hope Chun Chloe Collings Savannah Geerlings Cameron Gouin** ++Maia Machiela Tasman Mattox David Mom Jeffrey Mom Ellie Mundwiler Jillian Noe Gloria Pacic Emma Paras Jasmine Peters Manuel Robles* Concert Master Corrina Wenger Esther Whitters Viola Anneke Benison Hannah Bergsma Joe Kerska Jeanette Maxfield* Samuel Rose** Cello Kyle Cater*** Christian Donald*** Alex Logan Rachel Misner Abianna Stiefel Sarah Whitters

*Principal **Assistant Principal ***Co-Principal ****Co-Assistant Principal + Principal Second ++ Assistant Principal Second


Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses Prelude Chorus Ellie Armstead Enzo Boone Annalise Borger Phillip Chamberlain Violet Chamberlain Sophia Cioffi-Epp Morgan Cocco Nolan Conn Griffin Damuth Luci Damuth Laura DeBoer Chloe Ellis Paloma Endres Iris Eppinga K.C. Fawcett Nicholas Figurski Luke Furness Elena Geiser Mallory Hagemann Ana Hagenloch Heather Hamm Tessa Hamm Marie Harger Samantha Kaiser Stefanie Kassouni Meili Kingma Lucy Koops Kendra Kuiper Addison Lawrence Isabella Long Grace McCarthy Karina Mora Colin Okonoski Jonathon Paredez Annabelle Rabidoux Natalie Rabidoux Ali Riley Dillan Roosien Felicity Savara Nadia Schoon Sophia Scofield Owen Scott Emilia Seethaler Ida Seethaler Jett Szczepaniuk Grace VandenBerge Skye Velting Gabriel Vogt 40

Abigael Warners Noam Warners Youth Chorus Hailey Anderson Aidan Baas Lilia Bakker Grace Bartleson Henry Bartleson Cecilia Batterbee Stephanie Blakemore Laurel Blakie Holly Butts Lily Butts Kate Cammell Sofia Constantine Jessica Cook Megan Cook Gina Crumb Jacob Davies Taya de Graaf Andrew Deboer Rebecca DeBoer Harrison DeChant Nicholas DeChant Jillian Decker Sophie Devarenne Emily Devriese Rebecca DeWeerd Kellan Dunlap Madi Emaus Caroline Fitzgerald Emily Gabbert Janna Girotto Anna Griewahn Paige Guikema Anna Haaksma Audra Hawkins Emily Hock Hubka, Erin Rachel Hubka Caroline Hyde Catelyn Ilbrink Emma Ivory Sam Ivory Sophia Jamula Alyssa Kaiser Kaela Kaiser Leah Knoor

Calvin Kooyer Annelies Kraayeveld Emily Kuras Taylor LaBine Lydia Lantinga Hannah Leep Claire MacDonald Sam Mann Katianna Mansfield Madison Martin Cassidy Miller Fiona Miller Maggie Morant Isabel Morrison Sophie Mustert Courtney Nelson Maia Newkirk Kalli Orange Evelyn Pae Adrian Pool Emily Pool Natalie Quist Gabrielle Rabon Hayley Razzoog Callie Roberts Sloane Rodriguez Katherine Sarb Maria Schoon Annie Seeber Abby Stead Eric-John Szczepaniak Caitlin Tay Leah Teigen Lauren VandenBosch Naomi Vandervelde Caleb VanWyk Hannah Weinman Sheila Grace Witvliet Maria Wolterstorff Nina Wolterstorff Rebecca Zoetewey Junior Youth Chorus Sophia Bassett Colin Beauregard Lillian Beauregard Rylie Bouwhuis Vivian Boyden Paul Brown

Jennessa Byl Ciara Byrne Mavi Chauhan Masyn Cole Eliana Cook Riley Dalpiaz Sylvia Dusseau Grace Elian Annaliese Figurski Benjamin Furness Lana Gouin-Hart Kate Graham Zachary Guikema Catherine Hilty Meredith Ivory Anna Kaiser Kaitlyn Kilmer Elaine Kochaney Kailey Kozminski Noah Kwiatkowski Gabi Laughhunn Grace Lawrence Drew Leonard Reese Mackraz Anna Maki Mary Therese Marchinda Helena McKee Madalynn Mitteer Gabi Mora Elaina Mott Shannon Murphy Evelyn Nista Gavin O’Meara Elizabeth Paredez Hannah Paredez Himani Patil Sophia Petteys Lucy Post Elliott Potts Hannah Reda Riley Smith Mary Strobel Anna Teigen Emily Walton Claira Warner Emily Williams Kate Witvliet Luke Witvliet Madeline Witvliet 41

Live Arts Community Youth Chorus and Marching Bands


Ada Elementary Christina D'Arcangelis, Director

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center Patricia Wunder, Director

Ada Vista Elementary Kathleen Pool, Director

Goodwillie Environmental School Kathleen Pool, Director

Alger Middle School Vanessa Allen, Director

Grand Rapids African American Youth Chorus Vanessa Allen, Assistant Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Casey Stratton, Director CA Frost Environmental Science Academy Jen Wilson, Director Central Woodlands School Laurie Boomers, Co-director Christa Beukema, Co-director Pam Kriekard, Co-director Coit Creative Arts Academy Debra Perry, Director

Wolverine Worldwide is proud to support

Collins Elementary Lynn Frens, Director

Grand Rapids City Middle/High School Darla Jewell, Director Grandville High School Eduardo Garcia, Director Knapp Forest Elementary Judi Stroh, Director Meadow Brook Elementary Greg Christensen, Director Orchard View Elementary Peggy Naber, Director

East Grand Rapids Middle School Mary Hillyard, Director

Pine Ridge Elementary Julie Holcomb, Co-director Mark Mainero, Co-director

East Kentwood High School James Ross, Co-director James Sawyers, Co-director

Sand Lake Elementary Jennifer Arnold, Director

Forest Hills Central Middle School Pam Kriekard, Director

Thornapple Elementary Amy Forslund Amos, Director



Grand Rapids Symphony Board of Directors and Staff OFFICERS Peter M. Perez Chairperson

Stephen C. Waterbury Immediate Past Chairperson

Kate Pew Wolters Chairperson Elect

Karen Henry Stokes Secretary

Anette W. Estrada Treasurer

Michael Ellis

Vice Chairperson

Dorothy A. Johnson Vice Chairperson

Tim O’Donovan Vice Chairperson

Larry J. Robson, M.D. Vice Chairperson

Peter T. Kjome

President and CEO

We’re proud to celebrate

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sara Armbruster George A. Bayard III Karl Betz Peg Breon Rona Caswell Julie Connors Lori Lee Curley Camille Zoet DeBoer Pamella DeVos* Mrs. Richard M. DeVos* Dr. David L. Eisler Michael Ellis+ Jeanne A. Englehart Anette W. Estrada+ Robert P. Fairman Gene Ford Chuck Frayer+ Dr. Larry Gerbens Marcia Haas Christopher E. Hufnagel Don Hunt Marilyn C. Hunting* John Irwin Dorothy A. Johnson+ Amy Keane Mrs. Miner S. Keeler* Peter T. Kjome+ Douglas M. Klein Peter J. Kok+ Herbert Lantinga Joseph B. Levan Tim Liang+ Andola C. Mathis, M.D.

Jacqueline McCarthy Jack H. Miller* Tim O’Donovan+ Juan R. Olivarez Gina Paul Jerry R. Pearson Peter M. Perez+ Kathleen Stewart Ponitz John Porterfield Clifton Rhodes, Jr. Larry J. Robson, M.D.+ Dr. Marvin L. Sapp Carol L. Sarosik John P. Schneider+ Kristen A. Shoup David M. Staples Karen Henry Stokes+ Debby Suttner Mary Tuuk+ Stuart S. Vander Heide William H. Vits Stephen C. Waterbury+ Kate Pew Wolters+ * Honorary + Executive Committee


Susan Markosky

EXECUTIVE Peter T. Kjome

Dan Fisher

President and CEO

Assistant Manager, Ticketing Services

Betsy Matazel

Keith Jaissle

DEVELOPMENT Diane F. Lobbestael

Aubry T. Van Antwerp

Kelly Kinnear

Sales Manager

Executive Assistant

Vice President for Development Director of the Annual Fund

Evette Pittman

Director of Development Events & Community Engagement

Kate Klemp

Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Shelly Stephens

Director of Legacy Planning & Special Projects

IN MEMORIAM Edith I. Blodgett Peter M. Wege

Samara Napolitan


Donor Services Administrator


Bonnie K. Miller Vice Chairperson

W. Michael Van Haren Secretary

Robert S. Collier Chuck Frayer Paul Potter Ellen Satterlee CHAIRPERSON’S COUNCIL John D. Bouwer Donald R. Buske Joseph A. Davio Daniel G. DeVos Dr. Paul O. Farr Thomas R. Hilliker Robert L. Hooker Fred P. Keller Wally Knack Cyril F. Moore Peter M. Perez James Preston Larry J. Robson, M.D. John P. Schneider Stuart S. Vander Heide Stephen C. Waterbury Kate Pew Wolters

Ticket Manager

Patron Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Marisa DenBoer Nancy Hopkins

Volunteer Services Coordinator

Julie Cheng Brittney Rocha Drianna Smith

Patron Service Representative Patron Service Representative

Jennifer S. Austin Charles Frost

Advertising Sales Manager

Elaine Carr Nicole Coman Tom Creamer Doug Dowling Sam Feenstra Wilma Straight Sales Specialists

Jonn Hill Elizabeth Payne Marketing Interns


Vice President and COO

Julie Nystedt

Operations Manager

Development Interns

Kyle Viana


Erich Peterson

Acting CFO

Debra Lehmann Finance Assistant

Beene Garter LLP Auditors

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Denise Borton Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Toni Williamson

Director of Marketing & Design

Corey Holcomb Marketing Assistant

Celeste Stefaneck Dyehouse

Director of Ticket Services & Operations

Production Stage Manager Personnel Manager

Steven Brook Timekeeper

Sarah Bowman Peterson Librarian

Lenore D’Haem Assistant Librarian

Larissa Fall

Production Assistant

Erica Spykman

Assistant to Chorus Director

EDUCATION Claire Van Brandeghen Director of Education

Dale Hovenkamp

Partnership and Collaboration Specialist


art happens here.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the students at the following schools for the creation of the origami butterflies:

Bowen Elementary Brookwood Elementary Challenger Elementary Coit Creative Academy Crestwood Middle School Discovery Elementary East Kentwood Freshman Campus


East Kentwood High School Endeavor Elementary Explorer Elementary Glenwood Elementary Grand Rapids City Middle School Kelloggsville Early Childhood Center Kendall College of Art & Design Art Education Program Meadowlawn Elementary Ottawa Hills High School Pinewood Middle School Southwood Elementary Townline Elementary Valleywood Middle School



LiveArts Presented by The Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation


STROLLING DINNER Fruit Skewers Passed with Signature Mojito Cocktail Martini Salad Paired with 2010 Wyncroft Chardonnay Avonlea Vineyard and Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling Candied Bacon Meatball atop Haystack Onions Paired with Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Glazed Crimini Mushroom Paired with Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Cajun Spiced Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits Paired with 2010 Wyncroft Chardonnay Avonlea Vineyard and Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling

Music has the power to bring people together

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Congratula attions s to the Grand d Rap pid ds Symphony & theirr parttners on brringing together the arts comm m unity i in Gra G nd Rapid id ds. W are proud to be a partt of this unpre We r cedented d event!!

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