Jim & Marie Preston Sunday Strings

June 5, 2022 through June 5, 2022

Musicians from West Michigan will gather at Meijer Gardens this summer to present the Jim & Marie Preston Sunday Strings live classical chamber music concert series.

Overview

Musicians from West Michigan will gather at Meijer Gardens this summer to present the Jim & Marie Preston Sunday Strings live classical chamber music concert series.

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 pandemic last summer, 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.”

Mark your calendar for these performances, which run from 2–3 pm.

Lineup

2022 Jim & Marie Preston Sunday Strings Lineup

Sunday, June 5: Celebrating Women Composers
In this opening concert of Sunday Strings series of 2022, we celebrate women composers achievements with music by Jessie Montgomery, Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn and Caroline Shaw. Please visit the Garden Pavilion after attending this performance and see if you experience the sculpture Utopia in a different way.
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Sunday, June 12: Irish Music by Selkie
Selkie is a trio of dynamic Celtic musicians who play traditional and original music with a trademark intensity and drive. The sounds of flute, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo, guitar, accordion, and harp are woven into Selkie’s music, along with the vocal harmonies they use for their songs.
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Sunday, July 17: Brian Oberlin Is Back
Grand Rapids’ own Haijin Choi (violin) and Brian Oberlin (mandolin) join forces for a one of a kind concert at Meijer Gardens. The duo will play an array of music ranging from Vivaldi, Khachaturian and Brahms to Jay Ungar, Bela Fleck and their own original music, including swing and bluegrass tunes sung by veteran vocalist Brian. Also to be performed are solo pieces written and arranged for the mandolin including four different 19th and 20th century Italian composers, Alfred Schnittke and Igor Stravinksy. This is a fun musical experience that will satisfy a wide range of musical tastes.
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Sunday, July 31: The World of Guitar Music
Presenting guitar music featuring Grand Valley State University faculty Kyle Thompson. Music by Paganini and more.
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Sunday, August 7: Floating Souls
A piano and violin concert with pianist Emily Grabinski from Grand Rapids Community College. Hauntingly beautiful music by Prokofiev, Bolcom and Still.
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Sunday, August 28: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet
British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s brilliant Clarinet Quintet paired with Haydn String Quartet.
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What to know

These pop-up performances are free for members and included in general admission for other guests.

All Jim & Marie Preston Sunday Strings performances begin at 2 pm and take place in the Huizenga Grand Room, with the exception of Sunday, July 31, scheduled for the Hauenstein & Pfeiffer Event Rooms.

Chairs are not permitted and these performances do not occur on the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage.

Sponsors

  • Jim & Marie Preston
  • Dick & Samantha Gauthier
  • Tim & Ping Liang
  • Todd Oleson & Sarah Ash

Musicians from West Michigan will gather at Meijer Gardens this summer to present the Jim & Marie Preston Sunday Strings live classical chamber music concert series.

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 pandemic last summer, 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.”

Mark your calendar for these performances, which run from 2–3 pm.