Category: Celebration of Soul

GR Symphony's 'Celebration of Soul' gala honors three for a lifetime of service to diversity, equity and inclusion

Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp , a pastor and counselor, a psychologist and college professor, a wife and mother, was an inspiration to all of those whose lives she touched in a life that was all too-short. In 2006, the Grand Rapids Symphony launched its annual Celebration of Soul Gala to honor members of the community who have worked tirelessly to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in West Michigan. The 14 th annual Celebration of Soul Gala, held Saturday, Feb. 16, honored three more... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Grand Rapids Symphony's annual 'Symphony with Soul' featuring Black Violin is sold out

Violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste went to college to study classical music. Today both are professional musicians, but neither wear white tie and tails on stage. As Black Violin , “Kev Marcus” and “Wil B.” break down stereotypes and cultural barriers, one gig at a time. “If you come to our show and look at the stage before, you would sear it was two guitarists performing,” Will B. told the Mercury News recently .... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Grand Rapids Symphony’s Mosaic Scholars, with Creative Connections, find their voice

Instrument cases and winter coasts were pushed up against the wall, and black chairs were arranged in a circle. On a cold, gray Saturday morning, 17 Grand Rapids Symphony Mosaic Scholars held their instruments – woodwinds, strings, and horns – and sat in a large circle inside a recital hall at DeVos Performance Hall. After each Scholar played the opening seven-note sequence from Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss,” as performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Miles... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

GVSU music majors work with Grand Rapids Symphony’s Mosaic Scholars to compose and perform original music

Music students from Grand Valley State University recently helped 20 local high school students compose and perform music through an internship with the Grand Rapids Symphony . Four Grand Valley students spent February 13-18 working with leaders from Creative Connections , an international non-profit cultural education organization, to help the symphony's Mosaic Scholars compose, rehearse and perform original pieces of music. The Mosaic Scholarship is a program offered by the... Read More
at Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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