Sunday Strings was conceived and created by Haijin Choi, Grand Rapids Symphony section violinist, to provide an opportunity in summer months for chamber music fans to experience unique and compelling musical selections – from classical to contemporary – performed by local musicians.
Throughout the fall, winter and spring, the Grand Rapids community supports live classical chamber music by attending recitals in several premier venues. There was no such programming for the summer months in Grand Rapids until Meijer Gardens presented the first season of Sunday Strings in 2020. This performance series was specifically designed to fill the summer gap and work with an already established fanbase. The attendance and enthusiasm from the audience, even during the initial outdoor small performances during the pandemic, proved that there was a desire for chamber music during the typical off-season.
Jim and Marie Preston asked to become involved in this effort and generously offered their support.
“Marie and I are just delighted to sponsor this series. We are long-time supporters of the arts in Grand Rapids and this series really speaks to us.” said Jim Preston.
Mark your calendar for these performances, which run from 2–3 pm on select Sundays in July and August.
These pop-up performances are free for members and included in general admission for other guests.
All Sunday Strings performances begin at 2 pm and take place in the Huizenga Grand Room.
Chairs are not permitted and these performances do not occur on the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage.
Additional program information will be announced in spring, 2023.
July 9 “Song of the Lark” featuring violin, harp, flute
July 16 “Baroque and Now” featuring harpsichord, 2 violins, viola, cello, voice
July 23 “English Landscape with Oboe” featuring 5 oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello
July 30 “So Human” featuring string quartet
August 6 Children’s Concert featuring voice, accompanist, violin
August 13 “Love Is Where Your Heart Is” featuring piano, violin, cello
Sunday Strings is generously supported by:
Jim & Marie Preston
Dick & Samantha Gauthier
Ping & Tim Liang
Todd Oleson & Sarah Ash