Category: David Lockington

Grand Rapids Symphony's historic, 1997 performance of Mahler's 'Symphony of a Thousand' remembered 20 years later

Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” doesn’t really take 1,000 people to perform, but it does take a great many. Twenty years ago, when the Grand Rapids Symphony performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, more than 400 people were on stage. This spring is the 20 th anniversary of Grand Rapids Symphony’s first performance of Mahler’s musical “affirmation of faith.” Catherine Comet, GRS Music Director rom 1986 to 1997, led three... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Recap: 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival ends joyfully with a standing-room only performance

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Hard as it is to believe, Johann Sebastian Bach’s children thought him to be something of an old fuddy duddy. Toward the end of his life, Bach’s four sons who had achieved success as professional musicians sometimes looked askance at their aging father’s work. Music of the middle 18 th century was moving toward simpler melodies, lighter harmonies and simpler forms, paving the way for the Classical era of Haydn and Mozart. Yet Old Bach... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recap: Keyboards were fun and entertaining but also enlightening at the 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival's Creative Keyboards concert

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Johann Sebastian Bach spent most of his musical career in the service of God and the church, composing and performing masterpieces such as his St. Matthew and St. John Passions and his immortal B minor Mass. In his youth, Bach got to cut loose and have a little fun. On display at the Grand Rapids Bach Festival’s Creative Keyboards concert on Tuesday, March 9, was music mostly from Bach’s years in Kothën. His life as Kapellmeister to Prince... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Thursday, March 9, 2017

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony's David Lockington leads concert well-matched to the mood of the day

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Every concert the Grand Rapids Symphony gives in DeVos Performance Hall is planned a long time in advance. One year ago, when the orchestra prepared the program for this week’s concerts, it was a natural fit to give the world premiere of a piece of music inspired by the fall harvest just before Thanksgiving. On the other hand, recent events such as the outcome of November’s Election, which left half the country elated and the other half in mourning,... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, November 19, 2016

Grand Rapids Symphony's Music Director Laureate David Lockington returns to podium with music of hope for Thanksgiving

The Grand Rapids Symphony is thankful this season not only for its new Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, but also for the return of David Lockington , the orchestra’s first Music Director Laureate, on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 in DeVos Performance Hall. Lockington stepped down as the music director at the end of the 2014-15 season after 16 innovative and memorable seasons with the organization as the longest serving music director in Grand Rapids Symphony history. ... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Friday, November 18, 2016

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