This series of live classical chamber music concerts features renowned musicians from West Michigan

 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is proud to present Sunday Strings, a series of live classical chamber music concerts featuring renowned musicians from West Michigan that are free for members and included in general admission for other guests. This series takes place 2–3 pm in the Huizenga Grand Room, unless otherwise noted, on select Sundays in July and August. This summer, Sunday Strings will celebrate its fifth anniversary season, including the “Surprise!” final concert on August 11—with a special program followed by a reception.

Sunday Strings was conceived and created in 2020 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 musicians from around West Michigan. Each concert features a different group of musicians performing a variety of classical repertoire, from the Baroque era to contemporary compositions. 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 for the initial outdoor small performances during the pandemic—proved there was a desire for chamber music during the typical off-season.

Sunday Strings is part of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park's commitment to providing a diverse range of cultural experiences for the community. The series is made possible through the generous support of Jim and Marie Preston, Dick and Samantha Gauthier, Ping and Tim Liang, Todd Oleson, Sarah Ash, and Blue Lake Public Radio.

2024 Sunday Strings Lineup

July 7: String Quartet
Pushing and Pulling
Exploring the ingenious manner in which musical elements are deconstructed through compositions by Dennehy, Beethoven and Debussy.
Performers: Haijin Choi (violin), Clara Schubilske (violin), Arturo Ziraldo (viola), Jinn Shin (cello).

July 14: Clarinet Quintet
Duality of Life and Music
Examining the dual nature of life and music from the perspectives of two composers—Golijov and Brahms—featuring clarinetist Georgiy Borisov.
Performers: Georgiy Borisov (clarinet), Adam Liebert (violin), Haijin Choi (violin), Paul Swantek (viola), Igor Cetkovic (cello).

July 21: Piano Trio
In Memory of Great Friendship
Reflecting on the bonds of friendship through piano trio compositions by Suk and Arensky.
Performers: Andrew Lenhart (piano), Andrew Plaisier (cello), Haijin Choi (violin).

July 28: Horn Trio
Is It Really ‘French?’
A concert providing a captivating exploration of the horn's musical journey through Classical (Mozart), Romantic (Brahms) and Contemporary (Wilhelm Hans) repertoire.
Performers: Colin Bianchi (horn), Andrew Lenhart (piano), Haijin Choi (violin).

August 4: Bach Solo
This Is What Bach Means To Me
Four different stories told by four string players—an afternoon with Bach.
Performers: Haijin Choi (violin), Jaewon Seo (violin), Alicia Eppinga (cello), Igor Cetkovic (cello).

August 11:
A concert featuring a surprise program in celebration of Sunday Strings’ fifth anniversary.
Performers: Haijin Choi (violin), Letitia Jap (violin), Barb Corbato (viola), Jinn Shin (cello), Adam Liebert (violin), Jenna Anderson (violin), Arturo Ziraldo (viola), Andrew Plaisier (cello) and Mark Buchner (bass).

For more information about the Sunday Strings series, including the full schedule of performances and program information, visit: