Hundreds of musicians, hundreds of years of music in Grand Rapids Symphony's "A Choral Celebration"
February 24, 2016
Grand Rapids Symphony
616.454.9451 x 139
RAPIDS, MI., February 18, 2016 – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, not to mention
Mozart, Mendelssohn and Mahler, all wrote music for religious services or at
least set to religious texts.
same still is true today.
Rapids Symphony presents “A
Choral Celebration” of music featuring the adult Grand Rapids Symphony
Chorus and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus in two performances on March 5,
2016, in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand
the first of two programs in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Sacred Dimensions
Series during the 2015-16 season.
Shangkuan, conductor of the Grand Rapids
Symphony Chorus; Sean Ivory, conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus; and Jackie Sonderfan Schoon,
conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony
Junior Chorus, will collaborate to lead the programs at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 301 Sheldon Ave SE.
spans several centuries, ranging from traditional melodies and work by unknown composers,
to great works of choral literature by G.F. Handel including his Coronation
Anthems “Zadok the Priest” and “The King Shall Rejoice.”
music features emerging composers including Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo
living in Grand Rapids or with Grand Rapids connections will be well
represented. The programs include “Hope for Resolution: A Song for Mandela and
DeKlerk” by Ivory with Paul Caldwell, a choral music director and composer
formerly based in Grand Rapids.
contemporary setting of Ave Maris Stella by Mark Thomas, who served as director
of music at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in the 1990s, will be performed along
with an arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “O God Beyond All Praising” by Nick
Palmer, current director of music at the cathedral of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Grand Rapids.
Rapids Symphony inaugurated its Sacred Dimensions series in 2011 to take music
out of the concert hall and perform it in its authentic setting. Past concerts
in the series have been held in houses of worship including Temple Emanuel
synagogue in Grand Rapids and Christ Memorial Church in Holland.
Tickets are $22 for general admission seats and are available at the Grand
Rapids Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100,
(located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone
orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.)
Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800.982.2787, online at
GRSymphony.org or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh
Markets, Family Fare Stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations
will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Full-time students of any age are able to purchase
tickets for only $5 on the day of the concert by enrolling in the Symphony’s
Student Passport program.
About the Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally
recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by
Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate
Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide
range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented
each year, touching the lives of some 200,000. Nearly half of those who benefit
are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through
extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated
Organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony
Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids
Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera
Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.
To learn more about the Grand
Rapids Symphony please visit GRSymphony.org.
This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan
Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.