Grand Rapids Symphony program aims to mourn, give hope

Nov 19, 2015

After the difficult reporting from Europe and the Middle East this week, the Grand Rapids Symphony takes some time to heal in a performance of the Brahms "German Requiem." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with Rune Bergmann, who will lead the program.

All this year, the Grand Rapids Symphony has been looking for a new Music Director. This weekend, they’re bringing in a Finnish director, who has a program which is, very unfortunately, a timely one.

Current State’s Jamie Paisley talks with Rune Bergmann about this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony Concerts, which are indeed thematic. Most of the concert will be devoted to "Brahms Requiem," and the remaining two works are similarly classical works which were written in honor of those that have departed.

Given the news still coming in from Paris and Beirut, Maestro Bergmann said prepping for these upcoming concerts in Grand Rapids was particularly eerie. To begin the concert, maestro Bergmann turns to his countryman, Jean Sibelius and the work "In Memoriam," which was written when he was 45, about half-way through his life.