G.R. Symphony conductor to retire

David Lockington directs the Grand Rapids Symphony.
David Lockington directs the Grand Rapids Symphony.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A familiar face is leaving the stage after one last performance at DeVos Performance Hall. After 16 years directing the Grand Rapids Symphony, Music Director and Conductor David Lockington will be stepping down after this weekend’s symphony performance.

Over 16 years as music director and conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony, he helped the symphony achieve new heights and great acclaim, including a performance at Carnegie Hall.

The last performance that I will conduct as music director is Mahler’s ‘Resurrection Symphony,’ one of my favorite symphonies,” says David Lockington. “We have completed a Mahler cycle over my tenure, so this seems like a fitting and spectacular end to my final season.”

David shared with WOOD TV8 that he will still make Grand Rapids home as he continues to travel and conduct with orchestras in San Francisco, Spain and other guest appearances.

There will be two performances at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids, Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Grand Rapids Symphony’s website and at Ticketmaster.

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