At last! Fareed Haque and Tony Monaco slated to perform at The Block this month

Muskegon, Michigan, February 7, 2022—The long-awaited appearance at The Block by jazz guitarist Fareed Haque and organist Tony Monaco will take place on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. Originally slated to appear in May 2020, the virtuoso duo are eager to perform live for West Michigan audiences at last! Fareed Haque is known to […]

West Michigan Symphony’s “Home for the Holidays” will feature young voices, acclaimed guest baritone, seasonal favorites, and theater organ

MUSKEGON, MI, November 16, 2021— West Michigan Symphony’s “Home for the Holidays” is an annual musical tradition and an outpouring of joy, anticipation, and hope for audience members of all ages. This year’s holiday celebration features baritone Nathaniel Stampley and the West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir, led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung. Muskegon organist Peter […]

West Michigan Symphony announces $5 million campaign to build endowment and expand educational programs

MUSKEGON, MI, August 26, 2021— Earlier today, the leaders of the West Michigan Symphony (WMS) announced the Play Your Part campaign, a $5 million fundraising effort to build their endowment while investing in music education programs for underserved area children. Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2020, WMS annually presents an 8-concert series of classical masterworks […]

Acclaimed Michigan jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic will perform for subscriber audience on season finale

First live symphony concert since the lifting of masking requirements Muskegon, Michigan, June 7, 2021— “I’m always looking forward,” says Alexander Zonjic. “I’m always optimistic.” In that spirit, when he regretfully had to cancel his Shoreline Jazz Festival due to the ongoing pandemic, the ebullient jazz flutist immediately contacted West Michigan Symphony, resulting in a […]

Final Masterworks concert features Three M’s: Mozart, Mendelssohn and… McCartney?

Muskegon, Michigan, May 24, 2021—Music Director Scott Speck conducts the West Michigan Symphony in the final Masterworks video concert of the season, premiering at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11 and sponsored by Harbor Steel. Titled The Three M’s, the all-orchestral program features Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Mozart’s Symphony no. 41 (the “Jupiter”), and Spiral, a […]

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 […]