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GR Symphony Performing with Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes at Frederik Meijer Gardens

About 30 different varieties of chrysanthemum flowers are displayed around Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in this file photo from 2019.

By Angelina Jahn

The Grand Rapids Symphony will be performing with Pink Martini featuring China Forbes on Thursday, July 29, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park as a part of the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts series.

With the return of live entertainment since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations, the symphony is enjoying being able to perform in front of live audiences.

“There has been a feeling of excitement, joy, and relief as we have finally been able to perform as a larger ensemble for a live audience,” stated Aaron Doty, the Grand Rapids Symphony Vice President and General Manager, in an email to The Collegiate.

The GR Symphony will be performing alongside the Pink Martini orchestra, led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and featuring singer China Forbes. Pink Martini is known for their multilingual pieces, with songs in 25 languages that combine classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop elements.

“We are very excited to work with this amazing group,” stated Doty. The process for a professional ensemble like the Grand Rapids Symphony involves a single rehearsal on the day of the concert, so we’ll be meeting them working through the selections and presenting the concert that evening.”

When asked about possible future concerts at the Gardens, Doty replied, “We would love to work with Meijer Gardens again–it’s an amazing amphitheater set in the beautiful surrounding of the Gardens.”

You can find the full schedule of upcoming Grand Rapids Symphony performances here.

Tickets for this concert are available on etix.com, priced at $72 for Frederik Meijer Gardens members, and $74 for non-members. Tickets will only be sold on site the day of the concert.

For the full list of upcoming concerts at the Gardens, visit meijergardens.org.