Celebration of Soul
Saturday, March 5, 2022

Monroe Rooms A & B at DeVos Place
6 PM – Doors open for reception. Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

6:30 PM – Presentation of the Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Awards to winners Vanessa Allen, Evette Pittman, and Cedric Ward (posthumous). 

Symphony with Soul
8 PM – Concert featuring Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Grand Rapids Symphony & Community Chorus

Details about the Celebration of Soul reception and awards ceremony will be emailed to all sponsors and reception package holders by March 1. All guests to the reception and concert will need to be masked when not eating or drinking, and show proof of full COVID vaccination and/or a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours. More info about our health policy can be found here.

The 2022 Celebration of Soul reception is at capacity. To join the waitlist for the reception please email LMcMurry@GRSymphony.org. For concert-only tickets click here.

About Celebration of Soul

In 2006, the Grand Rapids Symphony created Celebration of Soul, an event to honor the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that celebrate the importance of diversity, inclusion and bridge-building in West Michigan. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s commitment to establishing a diverse community reverberates in all the orchestra’s programs and services. This is reflected in the selection of diverse guest artists and conductors who embrace diversity, Symphony musicians who donate their time, as well as Symphony music education programs that serve schools in which arts education is a fraction of the curriculum. 

As part of Celebration of Soul, the Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award was established to honor individuals and organizations for their on-going diversity efforts and accomplishments. The award celebrates an organization or person's distinguished leadership and on-going commitment to advancing engagement, inclusion and diversity. A recipient is a leader that successfully models diversity and inclusion in their profession or industry. They are inspirational, consistent and innovative and encourage others to be culturally competent. The Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award gives the community the opportunity to recognize honorees for their commitment to diversity, education, and bridging cultural differences.