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  • John and Gwen Varineau

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    Name: John and Gwen Varineau
    Date: February 16, 2020
    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
    Event Description:
    One of the staples of the Festival of the Arts has been annual performances by either the Grand Rapids Symphony or Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, most often under the baton of Maestro John Varineau. This year, Big Rapids music-lovers have a chance to hear John in another guise – that of clarinetist – as he appears with his wife, pianist Gwen Varineau.

    John Varineau is in his 35th year as associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He conducts the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra as well. An accomplished clarinetist, Varineau attended Michigan State University, University of Wyoming and Yale School of Music for his clarinet training. He has been a visiting orchestra conductor at Western Michigan University, a guest conductor for the Traverse City Symphony, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Duluth-Superior Orchestra.

    John and Gwen have been performing music together for 31 years. Gwen is known as a pianist who accompanies instrumentalists at Calvin College, Cornerstone University and Grand Valley State University, as well as accompanying area middle school and high school students.
    Immanuel Lutheran Church 726 Fuller Ave.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Date/Time Information:
    Sunday, February 16 at 4:00pm
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