A milestone year for the Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) 2014 is a milestone year for an organization that has brought the joy of music to millions of people in West Michigan since it first started. The Grand Rapids Symphony is celebrating it’s 85th season! It’s also the finale for musical director David Lockington.

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, David Lockington will conclude his tenure as the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Music Director, marking a record 16 years. At that time, Lockington will be appointed as the first Music Director Laureate in the Symphony’s history. He will continue living in Grand Rapids with his family.

During Lockington’s time with the Grand Rapids Symphony, audiences have benefited from his long-time associations with contemporary composers. One composer that he has championed throughout his tenure is Philip Sawyers. They played chamber music together as kids, and both played in the youth orchestra that David’s father conducted.

A world premiere of Sawyers’ piece “A Homage to Kandinsky: A Symphonic Poem for Orchestra,” will be performed at the Grand Rapids Symphony opening night, “Beethoven’s Fifth” on September 19 and 20.

You can buy tickets at the symphony office Monday through Friday, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the concert venue the day of the concert.

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