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West Michigan Symphony Masterworks Concert March 7 and 8

Chee-Yun (Courtesy West Michigan Symphony)

The West Michigan Symphony Masterworks concerts are coming up on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, and will feature guest violinist Chee-Yun.
Chee-Yun’s continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music. She joins the Symphony for its popular Beethoven and Blue Jeans concerts, which encourage the audience to join the orchestra in wearing jeans for the performance.

The concerts will be held at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. The law firm Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is the guest artist sponsor.
Music Director Scott Speck will direct the WMS in performances of:
• A premiere of David Schiff’s “Stomp,” based on “I Feel Good” by James Brown
• Beethoven’s lighthearted Symphony No. 2
• Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Concerto for Violin featuring soloist Chee-Yun
A musical note,Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto is so difficult that the violinist for whom it was composed declared it unplayable, so it should be specially exciting to hear Chee-Yun.

The winner of numerous international competitions, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and symphonies throughout the United States.
In addition to her active performance and recording schedule, Chee-Yun is a dedicated educator and gives master classes around the world. She is now the artist-in-residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As part of her commitment to education, Chee-Yun will hold a master class on Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at The Block. That performance is free and open to the public.

Chee-Yun will also perform a program which has been titled “Chee-Yun. Violin. Cupcakes.” at The Block, the Symphony’s new, intimate venue, on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m.

Single tickets for the Masterworks’ concert range from $17 to 47 and may be purchased online at; by calling 231-726-3231; or in person at 360 W. Western Ave. Student tickets are $5 for this concert but are not available online. College students must present a valid ID when they purchase tickets.

Tickets for The Block performance start at $20. Doors for the performance will open at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the West Michigan Symphony ticket office at 231.726.3231. For more information, contact 231-726-3231 or

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