Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 26, 2013

Grand Rapids Symphony performs

BY MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS mdrahos@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — LAKE LEELANAU — The Grand Rapids Symphony will make its Leelanau Peninsula debut Sunday on the waterfront lawn at Fountain Point Inn and Club in Lake Leelanau.

“Lake Songs, Symphony at Fountain Point” will feature music appropriate for a summer evening, including selections from Handel’s “Water Music,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 73.” Song of the Lakes will perform as special guests.

Fourth-generation resort innkeeper Erik Zehender said he and organizers Michael Sullivan and Crispin Campbell spent a year working with the Grand Rapids Symphony to pull off the concert as part of Fountain Point’s inaugural series of summer lakefront concerts. The series is aimed at cottagers and summer visitors as well as year-round residents. Audience members can bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy classical, jazz, folk and world musicians from across the Midwest.

Most of the concerts are being filmed for later airing on UpNorth TV.

The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of the country’s leading regional orchestras. At Fountain Point, it will perform under Associate Conductor John Varineau beginning at 7:30 p.m. — just minutes before the World Youth Symphony Orchestra warms up for a concert with guest conductor Andreas Delfs at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

“The real story is, to me, that there’s not one but two symphony concerts taking place at the same time, which is such a cultural phenomenon,” Zehender said. “I’m really hoping that new people know that Traverse City is the Vienna of northern Michigan.”

Fountain Point Inn was established nearly 125 years ago and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 54-acre vacation resort is located at 990 South Lake Leelanau Drive.

General admission tickets for Sunday’s concert are $28 in advance and $35 the day of the show, at Oryana Natural Foods Markets and mynorthtickets.com or by calling 256-9800. Children and students with valid ID get in free.

For more information, call 256-9800.