Grand Valley's New Music Ensemble has distinguished itself by working with composers to capture the grandeur of national parks through music.
A new musical project using the same formula is capturing the majesty of a wonder that is closer to Grand Valley: Lake Michigan.
The effort is part of the Making Waves Initiative, which along with the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, has helped support the work that is being released, said Bill Ryan, ensemble director.
"We have the experience of going around the country and highlighting these incredible natural places, and I thought it might be interesting to bring that idea and relate it to more local destinations in our area," Ryan said. "We zeroed in on Lake Michigan. We thought it would be a neat thing to have composers respond to their experience with Lake Michigan."
That meant Ryan needed to find five people who had personal experience with Lake Michigan, such as growing up near the lake or having visited it. He asked them to bring Lake Michigan to life musically.