It is hard to imagine, but this weekend will be the last two opportunities you will have to experience the magic and inspiring work of Grand Rapids Symphony's (GRS) Music Director David Lockington, who will be stepping down after this season's end.
Under his baton the GRS has been become a Grammy-nominated orchestra, debuted at Carnegie Hall, and engaged in and around in our community with innovative and diverse programming to make the experience of music more inclusive of other communities in our region.
Billed as “David’s Grand Finale,” the night's triumph and singular piece program will be the splendid performance of one of Lockington's favorite works of music, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Joining the GRS will be the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus with two guest vocalists, Kelley Nassief and Susan Platts.
These performances also complete the Grand Rapids Symphony's full cycle of Mahler’s nine rapturous symphonies under Lockington’s tenure. This makes Mahler’s “Resurrection” truly a wonderful way to end his final season.
You will not want to skip this experience if you even have a tiniest of a bit of interest in classical music. This piece is the one not to miss this weekend.