We are all well aware COVID-19 continues to impact life in West Michigan. Social distancing remains in effect, and public spaces such as DeVos Performance Hall have been closed until further notice which has inpacted all performances, including the Grand Rapids Symphony. What do you do in times like these. You reimagine yourself. 

The Symphony announced Pathwaves, their reimagined 2020-21 concert season with a series of concerts, delivered via live stream, from the Van Andel Arena and St. Cecilia Music Center.

Six concerts this fall will feature performance by socially-distanced ensembles, performed on a multistage setup in the Arena, streamed live to your home.

The new Pathwaves series includes varied styles of music and diverse composers.  Special guest artists will include internationally acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martinez. The Symphony also has engaged composer James M. Stephenson as Musical Collaborator to create several new arrangements for the orchestra. The Symphony’s opening concert will prominently feature a collaboration with the Grand Rapids Ballet. Programs will include intimate chamber music from “Final Fantasy” video games and the popular Metro Health Holiday Pops.

The Pathwaves season opens in September with Grand Rapids Ballet as special guests, joining the symphony for highlights from Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”

Terry Johnston

Current 2020-2021 subscriptions will be honored with free virtual access to the six fall concerts and DeVos Performance Hall concerts in 2021.  Current subscribers also will be eligible to attend concerts in-person as audiences are permitted to return.  A subscription package is available to new subscribers for $76 that grants access to all six virtual concerts from September through December.

A separate subscription package for the 2021 concerts will be available at a later date. Single tickets for most concerts are $15. Single tickets for programs with Joshua Bell and for the Holiday Pops are $25. Because of the virtual delivery format, student discounts will not be offered. The Symphony Scorecard program continues for the season.

Concerts in early 2021 will be announced at a later date. The previously announced 2020-21 season will be set aside and rescheduled, as feasible, for the 2021-22 season.

To learn more, please visit GRSymphony.org/pathwaves.