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 […]

Byron Stripling’s “Mardi Gras in Muskegon” WMS concert to be offered virtually

Muskegon, Michigan, July 16, 2020—You’ve heard of Christmas in July; now Mardi Gras is coming to Muskegon—in August! Trumpeter Byron Stripling will present his lively program, originally scheduled for last April, as a video performance in the WMS’s new Virtual Concert Hall.  Sponsored by Raymond James and Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, the virtual concert […]

Violinist Chee-Yun joins Scott Speck and WMS for long-awaited concert

Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons will be offered as online video concert Muskegon, Michigan, July 7, 2020—Originally slated for a mid-May live appearance, violinist Chee-Yun will at long last perform with Music Director Scott Speck and West Michigan Symphony in a video webcast premiering 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.  Featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and […]

West Michigan Symphony announces new schedule, program changes for remaining concerts

Muskegon, MI, April 24, 2020 — West Michigan Symphony has postponed all concerts previously scheduled for May and will extend its performance season—which originally concluded in June—into mid-August. Executive Director Andy Buelow announced the new schedule today in response to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic and the extension of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay home, stay safe” order […]

Link Up Concerts Cancelled Due to School Closure

MUSKEGON, MI, April 5, 2020 — As a result of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to extend the closure of Michigan’s K-12 schools through the end of the school year, West Michigan Symphony (WMS) has cancelled the live orchestra concerts that mark the culmination of the 2019-2020 Link Up program, Executive Director Andy Buelow announced […]

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provides support for physical improvements at The Block

Muskegon, Michigan, September 19, 2019 — West Michigan Symphony has been awarded a capital grant of $6,088 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant will help to fund structural improvements at WMS’s subsidiary venue, The Block, that will provide a better concert environment through abatement of street and […]

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provides support for West Michigan Symphony

Muskegon, Michigan, September 19, 2019 — West Michigan Symphony has been awarded a grant of $18,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of more than 500 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 funding. Organizations […]

West Michigan Symphony concert features Broadway duo singing Music by Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, Berlin and more

Muskegon, Michigan, January 23, 2019— Broadway’s “Phantom” Doug LaBrecque returns home to Michigan with co-star Lisa Vroman for a concert of Broadway showstoppers conducted by Scott Speck. West Michigan Symphony’s “Bravo Broadway” will feature tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers & Hammerstein, George Gershwin—and of course, a healthy dose of Andrew […]

Prequel to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to be featured on West Michigan Symphony concert

Muskegon, Michigan, December 20, 2018 — Italian pianist Alessio Bax and the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids both return to Muskegon to perform works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven with West Michigan Symphony on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. Forgotten for 200 years, Vivaldi’s sunny Gloria has become his most beloved choral work. The […]

Blue Lake Public Radio to broadcast Symphony’s sold-out “Home for the Holidays” concert

Muskegon, Michigan, December 19, 2018 — Blue Lake Public Radio will air West Michigan Symphony’s recent “Home for the Holidays” concert at 12 noon Sunday, December 23. Recorded last Friday, December 14, in Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center, the performance featured conductor Teresa Cheung leading the Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs and the WMS Children’s Choir—a total of […]