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Summer Concerts and Upcoming Season

After summer concerts in São Paulo (Brazil), Brevard, Chautauqua and Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Symphony season opener will feature violinist Sarah Chang. Grand Rapids’ 2017/18 season has many incredible pieces and wonderful soloists. Marcelo will conduct 20+ concerts in Grand Rapids and in April 2018 will travel to New York City and perform at Carnegie Hall with the legendary pianist Nelson Freire. His guest conducting engagements will take him to many orchestras in the US and Europe, including a tour with the Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic) with a stop at the Vienna Konzerthaus (photo) in March 2018.

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Marcelo and the Grand Rapids Symphony announced the 2017/18 season and a return to Carnegie Hall

Check out the Grand Rapids Symphony`s 2017/18 Season here: https://www.grsymphony.org/2017-18-season
We crafted an incredible season to delight your every desire: phenomenal artists (Sarah Chang, Gabriela Montero and Nelson Freire), world premieres, Beethoven’s 9th plus… Carnegie Hall!

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Marcelo is named Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony has named Marcelo Lehninger as its next music director. Marcelo was the unanimous choice of the 18-member music director search and the appointment is effective immediately.

Founded in 1930 in the second largest city in Michigan, the Grand Rapids Symphony operates its 40-week season on a budget of $9 million. More than 400 performances are given each year. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. Grand Rapids Symphony also sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival and provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet.

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Debut in Japan

Marcelo makes his debut in Japan on June 11th with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and pianist Yukio Yokoyama. The concert will take place at the Fukuoka Symphony Hall and features music by Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

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Debut in Paris

Marcelo will conduct L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris on April 29th, 2016. The program includes Ginastera, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.

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Shostakovich, Ravel and Respighi in Berlin

Marcelo makes his third appearance at the Berlin Philharmonie on November 14, 2015, to conduct the Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra. On the program: Shostakovich’s 1st Symphony, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with David Fray and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

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European Representation

Marcelo Lehninger is now represented in Europe by manager Pedro Kranz at Caecilia Artist Management Agency in Geneva, Switzerland. His worldwide general management remains Opus 3 Artists in New York.

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2014 Helen Thompson Award

Marcelo received the Helen Thompson Award for his outstanding work as Music Director of the New West Symphony on June 6th, 2014, at the League of American Orchestras Annual Conference in Seattle.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra 2014-15 Season Opening Concerts

Marcelo conducts the BSO’s 2014-15 Season Opening concerts. The program includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 (BSO premiere) with soprano Nicole Cabell and Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.

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Last minute substitution in Germany

After a very successful debut with the DSO-Berlin in December 2013, Marcelo will return to the Philharmonie stage on May 21st at 8:00PM. Maestro Lehninger fills in for Neeme Järvi, conducting a program that includes Mozart, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

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Debut with Chicago Symphony

Marcelo Lehninger steps in for Maestro Pierre Boulez, conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Performances are on Thursday, February 27th, Friday the 28th and Saturday March 1st. The program includes Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Suite No.2 for small orchestra; Ravel’s Une barque sur l’ocean and Alborada del gracioso.

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Marcelo Lehninger renews his contract with the Boston Symphony and is promoted to Associate Conductor

After three successful seasons as BSO’s Assistant Conductor, Marcelo Lehninger renewed his contract for two more seasons as the Orchestra’s new Associate Conductor. Maestro Lehninger was appointed by James Levine and conducted the orchestra in several occasions at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall.

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Berlin Philharmonie

Marcelo conducts the Deutches Symphony-Orchester at the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany. The program includes Beethoven, Bruch, Poulenc and Ravel.

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SymphoNet

Marcelo will conduct the last concert of the New West Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-13 Season. Marcelo, the New West Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony Chorus and Los Robles Master Chorale will perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. They will have the pleasure of being joined by the four winners of the SymphoNet Competition, an innovative YouTube competition for classical singers created by the New West Symphony in collaboration with iCadenza, a cutting-edge consulting and career development company based in Los Angeles.

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Return to Brazil

Maestro makes a quick visit to his native country of Brazil, conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th of 2013. The program includes three Preludes by Debussy orchestrated by Colin Matthews, Rodrigos’ Concierto de Aranjuez with guitar player Fabio Zanon as soloist and Vaughan-Williams’ Symphony No.2 “London”.

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Recording in Paris

Marcelo will record Christopher Culpo’s Murmurations with the Orchestre National de France on April 23, 2013. The recording will be broadcast by Radio France in Paris.

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New Boston Symphony Concert Announced

Marcelo will conduct a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 7:00PM on April 15th at Symphony Hall in Boston. The all-Beethoven program includes Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor” with Gabriela Montero as soloist, and Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67.

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Debut with New Jersey Symphony

Marcelo will conduct the New Jersey Symphony in three cities: Trenton on March 8th, Red Bank on March 9th and Englewood on the 10th. Joined by soprano Joanna Mongiardo, the program includes Opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Donizetti, as well as Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.

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Visions of America

The next Masterworks Series of the New West Symphony brings something special. In a program of all-American music, Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra on Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with Norman Krieger as soloist, and perform the west coast premiere of Visions of America: a Photo Symphony, with music by Grammy® award winner Roger Kellaway, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and projections of photos taken by Joseph Sohm. Clint Eastwood narrates the piece with vocal accompaniment by Steven Tyrell and Judith Hill.

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Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Marcelo Lehninger will conduct the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at 3:00PM on Sunday, January 13th at the New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. The concert includes the original version for 13 instruments of Copland’s Appalachian Springs, as well as Lutosławski’s Dance Preludes.

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Marcelo Lehninger now represented worldwide by Opus 3 Artists

Marcelo Lehninger is now represented by Opus 3 Artists. Maestro Lehninger is working with David Foster, the President and CEO of Opus 3. For more information, please visit the website www.opus3artists.com.

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World Premiere at Bard College

Since graduating in 2006, Marcelo returns to Bard College to conduct the Conservatory Orchestra on December 9th, 2012 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Marcelo continues to champion new music and will perform the world premiere of Christopher Swist’s newest piece “Abaprima”, written in 2011.

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Marcelo Lehninger renews his contract with the Boston Symphony

After two very successful seasons as Assistant Conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Marcelo Lehninger’s contract with the BSO was extended for another year. He will also conduct another subscription week in October of 2012, the soloist will be violinist Joshua Bell.

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Two concerts in Tanglewood

Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger will make two appearances at Tanglewood this summer. On July 16th with the TMC Orchestra and on July 27th with the BSO. In the latter performance, Marcelo will play with his long time friend, pianist Nelson Freire, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ birth.

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Appointed Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra

After two very successful visits as guest conductor, Marcelo Lehninger is appointed Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in the greater Los Angeles area. Performing in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Santa Monica, the New West Symphony is the best option for an audience that expects excellence in a symphonic performance. The orchestra has become an important musical institution on the West Coast and continues to grow. Maestro Lehninger will continue his duties as Assistant Conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and he will divide his time between Los Angeles and Boston.

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Visit to Brazil

Marcelo Lehninger will conduct two performances in Brazil in May, leading the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the University of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra at the impressive concert hall Sala São Paulo. Highlights of the programs include Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony (Rio) and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (São Paulo). For the performance in São Paulo on May 19th, Marcelo will have his mother, pianist Sônia Goulart, as soloist for Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. The last time they played together was in Argentina in 2004.

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Last minute substitution

Marcelo Lehninger will make another unexpected appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on January 5th, 6th and 7th, filling in for conductor Andris Nelsons who will not be able to perform. The program consists of Haydn’s Symphony No.88, Turnage’s From the Wreckage (American premier) and Strauss’ Thus spake Zarathustra.

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Debut in Canada

Marcelo performed in Canada for the first time on November 5th, 2011 conducting the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
at the Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts in Hamilton, Ontario. The program was: Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, Debussy’a Puerta del vino (orch. Matthews), Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain
(with pianist Stewart Goodyear as soloist) and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel).

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert Announced

Marcelo Lehninger will conduct a subscription night with the BSO at Symphony Hall on February 21st, 2012. Program includes Ravel`s Mother Goose Suite, Stravinsky`s Concerto for piano and winds, with Peter Serkin as soloist, and Shostakovich`s Symphony No.5. Don`t miss it!

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Debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra

At the Miller Outdoor Theatre, in front of an audience of over five thousand, Marcelo Lehninger made his Houston Symphony debut on June 18th, 2011. The program included Wagner`s Tristan and Isolde, Bernstein`s West Side Story and Bruch`s 1st Violin Concerto with the young, rising star, violinist Chad Hoopes as soloist.

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Great Success in Brazil

Lehninger made a short visit to his native country to conduct captivating performances of Mozart`s C minor Mass in the recently renovated and historic Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater. The two thousand seats of the city`s opera house, built in 1909, were sold out on both performance days.

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Raves for Carnegie Hall Debut

Marcelo Lehninger received rave reviews for his Carnegie Hall debut leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra and violinist Christian Tetzlaff in the New York premier of a new violin concerto by Harrison Birtwistle as well as the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2. The laudatory sentiment was summarized in The New York Times review by Anthony Tommasini entitled, Boston Symphony Shows Verve Even Without Levine. Taking Mr. Levine`s place was Marcelo Lehninger, 31, a Brazilian-born assistant conductor at the Boston Symphony, who led the program this month in Boston. He was terrific, conducting all three works with impressive technique, musical insight and youthful energy. The orchestra sounded great.

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Marcelo Lehninger Fills in for Ailing James Levine

With short notice, Marcelo Lehninger conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in four performances designated to Maestro Levine at Symphony Hall. Collaborating with German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, the program included Bartok`s 2nd Violin Concerto and the world premier of the BSO commissioned Harrison Birtwistle`s Violin Concerto.

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2011 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Chosen as one of the six conductors from across the country to participate in the 2011 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, organized by the League of American Orchestras, Marcelo Lehninger enthusiastically led the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. Laurence Vittes wrote at the Huffington Post, Marcelo Lehninger… moved effortlessly on the podium, seemingly asking very little and yet always getting back a lot, often with lightly exhilarating élan. Feline in every move he made, less concerned with gaining ground through mindless movement than with beauty and grace of phrase.

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Marcelo Lehninger Concludes his Contract in Brazil

Marcelo Lehninger`s one year in Belo Horizonte resulted in a very successful season with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra. As Associate Conductor, he conducted more than twenty concerts with the ensemble, premiered five pieces of Brazilian contemporary composers at the Fresh Ink Festival, substituted last minute for guest conductor Sir Raymond Leppard on a subscription night, toured with the orchestra throughout the state of Minas Gerais, and cultivated a loyal following for the Sunday morning Family Concerts. Lehninger summarized his reasons for leaving Brazil and moving back to the US, `Flying between Belo Horizonte and Boston is certainly not an easy commute, I therefore needed to move back to the United States and dedicate my energies to working with the Boston Symphony. My relationship with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic will continue and I am returning to guest conduct the orchestra in 2012.`

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Acclaimed Debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Marcelo Lehninger made his debut with the Boston Symphony, leading four concerts at Symphony Hall in October 2010. In a program that also included Barber and Tchaikovsky, Pinchas Zukerman was the soloist for Beethoven`s Violin Concerto. Jeremy Eichler wrote in the Boston Globe, Lehninger was impressively poised in the Tchaikovsky and maintained good musical contact with the orchestra. He drew an intriguingly dark and mysterious tone from the lower strings to open the Andante cantabile, and moments in the outer movements crackled with electricity. For its part, the orchestra played brilliantly for Lehninger. Judging from the ovation in the hall, the crowd was behind him, too.

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