Good afternoon Grand Rapidians! I hope you are all having a great weekend.
This has been a very exciting week at IHEARTGR as we have been exploring the many amazing businesses in the Medical Mile neighborhood!
I am so excited to announce our Small Business Saturday this week, your Grand Rapids Symphony!
Established in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony has been a huge part of our community for nearly 90 years! Between shows at the Devos Performance Hall to various community events and programs, the Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year. Some 200,000 people will experience the greatness that is the Grand Rapids Symphony and nearly half of them are reached through their amazing community service programs!
These programs include Symphony Scorecard holders which reach members of the community receiving financial assistance from the State of Michigan as well as Active, Guard, and Reserve Military households. Students also receive discounted tickets to certain shows getting them in for only $5!
Now, to give you a little insight on the types of shows the Grand Rapids Symphony puts on we are going to break it down into two types: Hall and Community.
Hall shows include classical and pop performances in which you can purchase tickets or subscriptions. There are over 40 shows under this category which include the Picnic Pops concert put on at Canonsburg each year!
The classical performances include concerts such as Beethoven – The Five Piano and Mahler’s “Resurrection.” You will also find special classical events like “Symphonie Fantastique” with Itzhak Perlman!
For a more family oriented option, the pop performances include movies like “Up,” “Home Alone,” and “Ghost Busters.” Movies are projected on a screen while our Tier 2 Orchestra performs live! Pops also include the annual Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops.
To find out which shows you might be interested in, you can click HERE for a full list!
Now let’s move on to Community shows. Community shows can be put into four separate categories which include: School Programs, Young Musicians, Adults, and Children, Youth & Families. Each category serving a different purpose and reaching nearly 87,000 people total of various ages, diverse ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. Read more about these education and enrichment programs HERE.
Your Grand Rapids Symphony works so hard to bring these amazing performances to life, and while tickets do cover parts of the cost, they also rely on donations and volunteers to continue growing. If you have any interest in making a monetary donation, you can click HERE for more information. Or, if you would like to volunteer your time you can click HERE to learn more about those opportunities.
Make sure to keep an eye on our stories for more about your Grand Rapids Symphony! We plan on attending shows and concerts and we will make sure to share the fun on our social media pages!
Thank you so much to the Grand Rapids Symphony for taking time to talk with us and show us how much there is to what you do! There are so many great opportunities and performances they present to us. West Michigan is blessed to have you!