Thursday, October 16, 2014

International String Competition Winner Joins Grand Rapids Symphony for “The Classical Concert,” Nov. 7

Last season, the +Grand Rapids Symphony added a new chamber music series to its musically diverse lineup. Great Eras, a three-concert series sponsored by Crowe Horwath, was designed to explore the different periods of orchestral music. On Friday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m., the Grand Rapids Symphony will adopt chamber orchestra instrumentation. The orchestra is joined by Camilla Hoitenga, an award-winning flutist, and Zlatomir Fung, the 2014 winner of the Stulberg International String Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Associate conductor John Varineau will lead the program in the intimate setting of the Royce Auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center.

The program begins with Haydn’s Symphony No. 85, “La Reine,” commemorating the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 85th Season. The composition is the fourth of Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies.” The piece was a favorite of Marie Antoinette’s, thus its regal nickname.

The concert’s second piece is another composition by Haydn—the Concerto No. 2 in D Major for cello and orchestra. The piece will be performed by Zlatomir Fung. The 15-year-old cellist won both the Gold Medal and the Bach Award at the 2014 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He also was awarded first prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in June 2014.

Following the intermission, Mozart’s Overture to Il re pastore will be performed. This energetic piece is the perfect introduction to Mozart’s genius with a simple sonata form and much interplay between different sections of the orchestra.

To complete the performance, Camilla Hoitenga will perform C.P.E. Bach’s Flute Concerto in D minor. The mellifluous opening movement is a favorite of flutists worldwide.

Audiences interested in daytime concerts can enjoy selections from the above works during “The Classical Coffee Concert,” Friday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Royce Auditorium. The Coffee Classics series is sponsored by Porter Hills. The one-hour concert will be preceded by a complimentary coffee and donut reception beginning at 9:00 a.m.

For a reprise of “The Classical Concert,” tune into Blue Lake Public Radio on FM 88.9 or FM 90.3. The program will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $26 for “The Classical Concert” and $12 for the “The Classical Coffee Concert.” Tickets are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets are available by phone in the evening and on Saturday by calling 616.885.1241. 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 or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Full-time students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the night of the concert by enrolling in the Symphony’s Student Passport program. This is a MySymphony360 eligible concert.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony 
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director David Lockington, ten concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented 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 service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated Organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony please visit

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.

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