Lockington Conducts Dvořàk
11/19/2016, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
DeVos Performance Hall map
Jeremy Crosmer Gathering Sunset (World Premiere inspired by Gordon Gallery/Mathias Alten)
Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem
Dvořàk Symphony No. 6
David Lockington Conductor | Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Pearl Shangkuan, Director
Carrie Hennessey Soprano | Leon Williams Baritone | Jeremy Crosmer Composer
Three countries, three centuries and three unique styles of composition come together in this concert. Our own Jeremy Crosmer, Assistant Principal Cellist offers his second Grand Rapids Symphony commission in as many seasons with a tone poem inspired by the American Impressionist painter Mathias Alten whose works fill the Gordon Gallery in the DeVos Center. Antonin Dvořàk’s genial and tuneful Sixth Symphony concludes the concert. Less known than the mighty trio of symphonies 7, 8 and 9 it is full of Bohemian charm and lively dances. Dvořàk was inspired to write this symphony by the example of his mentor and patron Johannes Brahms and his own Symphony No. 2. At the heart of this concert is a powerful work for chorus, soloists and orchestra by the English master Ralph Vaughan Williams. His Dona nobis pacem uses texts from Holy Scripture and the writings of Walt Whitman to reflect on the cataclysm of World War One. Vaughan Williams, too old at the time to serve in the infantry nevertheless drove an ambulance on the battlefields and was forever changed by his experiences at the front.
You can view the program notes here.
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Upbeat, FREE PreConcert Presentations | 7 pm, Gallery Overlook A-B in DeVos Place
UpBeat sponsored by
Series Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos | Guest Artist Sponsored by Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund
Gathering Sunset Commission Sponsor: George and Barbara Gordon
Leon Williams Guest Artist Sponsor: Jim and Ginger Jurries