Excellent music is not only an end in itself, but also a means to community enrichment, student achievement and cultural diversity. The Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony accomplishes this through a variety of concerts, educational programs and special events, which reach more than 180,000 people each year.
Concerts: the Symphony offers nine concert series throughout the year, delighting children, families and adults with a wide-ranging repertoire from classical to casual to the ever-popular Picnic Pops.
Education: the Grand Rapids Symphony has spent more than 65 years in partnership with public and private schools in 12 West Michigan counties, sharing a music education curriculum that reaches over 75,000 students each year. Concerts, ensemble performances, instrument exploration and tours are all designed to engage students and develop a life-long love of music. With the support of the community, the Symphony strives to provide its education programs at no or very low cost to program participants.
Economic Development: the orchestra helps corporations attract and retain an experienced and knowledgeable workforce to assure that West Michigan maximizes its economic opportunities now and in the future. Likewise, the Symphony’s 80 ticketed concerts generate related revenue for surrounding businesses.