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The Gilmore and Grand Rapids Symphony Announce New Collaboration

The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the Grand Rapids Symphony announce a new collaboration for the next season of programs.

The Gilmore will work with the Grand Rapids Symphony as an artistic partner on selected programs featuring world-renowned pianists. These performances, called “The Pianist,” will combine The Gilmore’s long history of keyboard and piano programming with the Symphony’s orchestral expertise to produce unique and exciting concert experiences.

The first collaboration takes place as a special event in the lead-up to the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Symphony will perform with Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and 2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter on piano. The program will feature works for solo piano, plus two piano concertos: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (“Tempest”); Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53.

Ingrid Fliter

2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter will perform with The Grand Rapids Symphony on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at DeVos Performance Hall.

“The Gilmore is delighted to deepen our longstanding relationship with the Grand Rapids Symphony in this very special way. This kind of programming fits perfectly with the experiences we want to offer at the Festival,” said Pierre van der Westhuizen, Director of The Gilmore. “Ingrid Fliter is a true favorite of many Festival goers, and this is an opportunity to see her powerful musical voice on full display.”

Tickets for this performance are on sale now and available at or by calling the Grand Rapids Symphony ticket office at (616) 454-9451 ext. 4.

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