Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Sacred Dimensions” series connects with local Jewish community

Posted on: November 15, 2011

In Monday’s (11/14) Grand Rapids Press, Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk writes, “The Grand Rapids Symphony, under music director David Lockington, has reached out to the African-American community and the Latino community in the past. This week the orchestra connects with the Jewish community in West Michigan with performances at Temple Emanuel. … ‘This really is a part of our core mission, to make these connections with different communities and different groups in our community,’ Lockington said. The Grand Rapids Symphony has inaugurated a Sacred Dimensions Series this year, which opens with Saturday’s program in Temple Emanuel. But it continues in December with Christmas Candlelight Concerts in the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids and in Christ Memorial Church in Holland. Saturday’s program, part of the Jewish Cultural Council’s Spectrum Series, features music with a Jewish flavor, such as Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes and Ernest Bloch’s ‘Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life)’ plus music by Jewish composers including Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 2 plus two works by contemporary composer Dalit Hadass Warshaw, whose music has been performed in the past by the New York Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras as well the Grand Rapids Symphony.”

Posted November 15, 2011