Tomorrow night and Saturday night, November 2nd and 3rd, the Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates the life and legacy of American cultural icon Leonard Bernstein in DeVos Performance Hall.


Courtesy GRSO

Guest conductor Carl St. Clair, music director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and a protégé of Bernstein’s, will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in Bernstein’s 100th, a concert commemorating the life and legacy of the great American composer, conductor, pianist and educator who was born in August 1918.

You'll have a chance to hear some of Bernstein’s classics, such as the Overture to Candide. Soprano Celena Shafer will join the orchestra to sing selections from West Side Story and Wonderful Town.

Pianist Benjamin Pasternack, another past collaborator of Bernstein’s will be soloist in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 dubbed “Age of Anxiety.”

It promises to be a wonderful evening with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the music of Leonard Bernstein, this weekend, November 2 and 3 at DeVos Performance Hall. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $18 and are available at the Grand Rapids Symphony box office, weekdays 9 am - 5 pm at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, (located across the street from Calder Plaza). Call (616) 454-9451 x 4 to order by phone. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets are available at the DeVos Place ticket office, weekdays 10 am - 6 pm or on the day of the concert beginning two hours before the performance.

Full-time students of any age can purchase tickets for $5 on the night of the concert by enrolling in the GRS Student Tickets program, sponsored by Calvin College. Discounts are available to members of MySymphony360, the Grand Rapids Symphony’s organization for young professionals ages 21-35.