Nelson Freire, the internationally acclaimed Brazilian Pianist, will join Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra for the concert “Boleros” this Friday, April 20, at Carnegie Hall.

It will be an evening of Brazilian and Spanish music. The program opens with Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” followed by Villa Lobo’s “Momoprecoce”, in which Nelson will be the soloist. Villa Lobos composed the piece inspired by children at play during Brazil’s carnival. Nelson will also accompany the symphony for Spanish composer Manuel de Fallas’s “Nights in the Garden of Spain”, a piece for piano and orchestra.  The evening will conclude with the 140 voice Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. They will perform with the orchestra “Choros N.10 Rasga o Coração”, also by Villa Lobos.  Choros is a style of Brazilian music similar to a serenade and was a very popular street music in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

As Music Director of Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra since 2016, Marcelo Lehninger, a young conductor from Rio de Janeiro, has been promoting Brazilian classical music to American and world audiences. The upcoming partnership with Nelson Freire in the concert “Boleros” is a high moment in this special mission, since Nelson is one of the most well-known and respected pianists, having performed in more than 70 countries with the largest orchestras and conductors in the world  – including four times at Carnegie Hall.


Nelson Freire with the Grand Rapids Symphony
APRIL 20 @ 8:00 pm
Carnegie Hall



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