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Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Peter and the Wolf”


With Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Jan. 25

 

ENT-Peter-and-the-WolfYoung children will receive the perfect introduction to the sound of the orchestra when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the musical tale of “Peter and the Wolf,” Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.

This Russian classic will enthrall kids of all ages, especially with the addition of dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Associate Conductor John Varineau leads this Lollipops concert, sponsored by PNC.

Written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, “Peter and the Wolf” tells the story of a young boy who, ignoring his grandfather’s warnings, goes off in search of a big, grey wolf. During his journey through the forest, Peter befriends a bird, a duck and a cat, all of whom help him during his fearsome wolf encounter.

Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument and musical theme, allowing children to learn the distinct sounds made by orchestral instruments. The musicians will also be wearing colored t-shirts that will help identify the four instrument families—string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

The whimsical tale and charming music from “Peter and the Wolf” is likely familiar to many parents, as Disney animated the musical story in 1946. The popular musical themes have also been featured in the film “A Christmas Story” and children’s cartoons including “Muppet Babies” and “Tiny Toon Adventures.”

The Symphony’s Lollipops concerts are designed for children ages four through seven, but the program can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Complimentary lollipops will be given to children as a sweet treat after the performance.

Tickets General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony box office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4 (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800/982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare store and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.

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Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Little Red Riding Hood”


Featuring Grand Rapids Ballet Company Dancers, January 21

The eyes of little ones will widen with wonder when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the interactive, musical tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Two performances will be presented on Jan. 21 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.
Professional dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and narrator Edye Evans Hyde will help tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood’s trip through the forest, where she is rescued from the wolf by her fairy tale friends. The 45-minute program communicates lessons, including the importance of listening to one’s parents and being wary of strangers, as well as the triumph of good over evil.
“There are some humorous moments and updates to this story, such as a call Little Red Riding Hood makes to her mother on a cell phone,” says Associate Conductor John Varineau.
The ballet includes fun dances like a polka, waltz and Russian Cossack dance.
“We are thrilled to be working the Symphony again to present this classic tale in a fun production perfect for all ages,” shares Grand Rapids Ballet Company Artistic Director Patrici Barker.
To help children identify the different instrument families of the orchestra, Symphony musicians will wear colored t-shirts to show whether they belong to the string, woodwind, brass or percussion family. These colors help children understand the various sections of the orchestra.
Complimentary lollipops are also available for the children as they leave the performance.
General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616-454-9451, Ext. 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.

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Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Swingin’ with Sinatra and Dorsey”


January 13-15

The hit songs of Frank Sinatra and his bandleader Tommy Dorsey have touched the hearts of millions. Close your eyes and you’ll think “Ol’ Blue Eyes” is back in town when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Swingin’ with Sinatra and Dorsey.” Three performances, part of the Fox Motors Pops Series, will take place
Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. in DeVos Performance Hall.
The velvety smooth hits of Frank Sinatra and the big band sound of Tommy Dorsey will be recreated as the Symphony teams up with guest conductor Jeff Tyzik, vocalist Steve Lippia, trombonist Jim Pugh and percussionist Dave Mancini. The program features the best of Sinatra and Dorsey. Audiences will enjoy a variety of songs made popular by Sinatra such as “Come Fly with Me,” “The Best is Yet To Come,” “New York, New York,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “All The Way,” and “Fly Me To The Moon.” Also included in the program is “A Dorsey
Tribute,” “Concerto for Trombone,” and “The Lady is a Tramp” from “Babes in Arms.”
“This concert should be a lot of fun,” said Associate Conductor John Varineau. “Steve
Lippia is a great, great Sinatra interpreter.”
Tickets start at $18 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box Office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster
outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee.

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