Five for Fighting with the Grand Rapids Symphony

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
7:30 PM9:45 PM

Gates open 90 minutes prior to show time, times subject to change

  • Cost: Members $61 | Non-Members $63
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Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection. With the past six albums by Five For Fighting, the hockey moniker stage name under which he performs, Ondrasik has seen multitudes of successes. Five For Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman,” and John’s performance at The Concert For New York.

Ondrasik proceeded to become part of the American songbook with the iconic hit “100 Years,” "World," "The Riddle,” “Chances,” and “What If.” John’s music has been featured in over 350 films, TV shows, and advertisements ranging from The Blind Side to The Sopranos. In 2018 John was the musical voice for the CBS hit show Code Black.

John has also been deeply involved in supporting our troops. From USO tours, supporting several Veteran oriented charities, and distributing over a million “CD for the Troops” to servicemen and their families around the world.

Ondrasik is currently working on a Broadway musical, various television projects, and a new Five For Fighting album while giving keynotes across the country to corporations and various organizations.

The Grand Rapids Symphony

Recognized nationally for the high quality of its concerts and educational programs, the Grand Rapids Symphony has been an important cultural resource in Grand Rapids and the West Michigan community for almost a century.

Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt the orchestra presents more than 400 performances each year, enriching the lives of approximately 200,000 people. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities reached through the orchestra’s extensive education and community service programs.

The Grand Rapids Symphony released its 13th professional recording in late 2021, Strauss & Villa-Lobos, a collection of live performances under the direction of Lehninger. Another notable recording, Invention & Alchemy, featuring jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, was nominated for the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album during the 49th annual Grammy Awards.

The orchestra’s history boasts longstanding partnerships with its affiliates, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony for over 60 years. More recently forming the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses and the Bach Festival.

The Grand Rapids Symphony made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and returned in 2018 for a triumphant performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus under Lehninger’s baton.