Grand Rapids Symphony - November 1, 2017

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One of America's leading orchestras, The Grand Rapids Symphony, opens the winter semester of Arts at Noon concerts.  Led by Associate Conductor, John Varineau, their annual visit to GVSU is one of the most anticipated concerts of the year.


Orchestra Suite in B Minor...Johann Sebastian Bach

Ouverture des Nations anciens et modernes...Geog Philipp Telemann

Just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation -- music by two of Lutheran Germany's greatest composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Philip Telemann.  The Grand Rapids Symphony will perform an orchestra suite by each composer. Bach's "Orchestra Suite in B Minor," probably written while Bach was working for the Prince at Anhalt Cöthen where instrumental music was not allowed in the church, is a sparkling work that features Christopher Kantner, Professor of Flute at GVSU.  Although Bach is more famous than Telemann these days, when they were both alive and composing, Telemann was much more famous. Incredibly, he wrote even more music than Bach. His "Ouverture des Nations anciens et modernes" is a fun set of dances that contrast the old and new worlds.  John Varineau, conductor

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