John Heffernan appointed Concertmaster of West Michigan Symphony

Muskegon, April 13, 2021—Violinist John Heffernan, who has served as Interim Concertmaster during the past two seasons, has been appointed Concertmaster of West Michigan Symphony, Music Director Scott Speck announced today.  The concertmaster, who heads the first violin section, is the highest leadership position among all the musicians in the orchestra, second in authority only […]

Internationally acclaimed violinist Tessa Lark performs Michigan premiere of new bluegrass crossover work

Virtual concerts offered Friday with WMS at the Frauenthal and Saturday solo at The Block Muskegon, March 31, 2021—One of the country’s most dynamic young violinists will take the Frauenthal stage with Music Director Scott Speck and the West Michigan Symphony for a virtual concert to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23.  A budding […]

West Michigan Symphony announces changes to Winter-Spring concert schedule

Muskegon, Michigan, January 20, 2021—Since the Shelter-at-Home order was suspended in early June, West Michigan Symphony has been bringing music from the Frauenthal stage directly into West Michigan area homes via its groundbreaking Virtual Concert Series. Today WMS unveiled its updated Winter-Spring concert schedule. Among the most notable changes, the Mambo Kings will replace Cherish […]

West Michigan Symphony perseveres to bring annual Holiday concert to a community in need of hope

Muskegon, Michigan, November 23, 2020—West Michigan Symphony’s 2020 Yuletide concert, titled “Home for the Holidays,” will take place as scheduled this season at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 11—but in the Symphony’s Virtual Concert Hall rather than for live audiences at the Frauenthal Center. WMS shifted the concert—a favorite annual tradition in West Michigan—to a […]

West Michigan Symphony receives Extended Grant status, highest possible designation from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Muskegon, Michigan, November 9, 2020—West Michigan Symphony(WMS)has been awarded a grant of $22,500 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process.  Among more than 500 applications, WMS’s proposal received a rating of 95 out of 100 during the review process, thus […]

Internationally acclaimed young pianist Claire Huangci to make West Michigan debut in Beethoven’s famed “Emperor” concerto

Friday evening virtual concert with Symphony at the Frauenthal will be followed on Saturday night with a solo virtual performance from The Block. Muskegon, October 19, 2020—Continuing its fall series of virtual concerts, West Michigan Symphony will present young American pianist Claire Huangci in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5—the famous “Emperor” concerto—in a webstreamed performance […]

Muskegon Area District Library collaborates with WMS to present free online series

Muskegon, Michigan, September 146, 2020—Muskegon Area District Library and West Michigan Symphony are collaborating on a free online series of musical offerings. Called “Saturday Series with the Symphony,” these online musical moments will begin on Saturday, September 19 at 7 pm. The first program will include excerpts from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, featuring violin soloist […]

Harmony Park is coming to Muskegon Area Parks

Permanent, weather-proof outdoor instruments installed in Nelson, McLaughlin neighborhoods and at Johnny O. Harris Park in Muskegon Heights Muskegon, Michigan, September 15, 2020—More than 30 permanently-mounted outdoor musical instruments are being installed right now at eight different locations in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights. The instruments came to the community via Watch Muskegon Play, a two-year […]

Debut Strings to Rehearse at Farmers Market this Fall

Grant from Wheeler Fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County provides private lessons for financially challenged students Muskegon, Michigan, August 4, 2020—The West Michigan Symphony Debut Strings program—which normally meets weekly in The Block throughout the school year—will hold its rehearsals at the Muskegon Farmers Market this fall, beginning September 14 and continuing until […]