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GR Symphony presents "Symphony with Soul" on Feb. 29

Posted at 12:15 PM, Feb 27, 2020

Six time Grammy Award winner and a long-time collaborator with film director Spike Lee is the special guest for the 19th annual Symphony with Soul in Grand Rapids.

Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, stopped by to discuss more about what audiences can expect from this concert. He has been part of the ‘Symphony with Soul’ since the beginning as director of the GR Symphony Community Chorus and as conductor.

Symphony with Soul is an evening of multicultural music that opens the doors to the wider community. Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead the orchestra, with special guest trumpeter Terence Blanchard joining the the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Terence Blanchard is a six-time Grammy winning jazz trumpeter and composer, as well as Spike Lee’s longtime film composer, writing the musical scores for such films as “Malcom X” and “BlacKkKlansman.” Blanchard has composed for many other directors such as for Kasi Lemmons and the 2019 film “Harriet.”

Symphony with Soul will take place Saturday, February 29 at the DeVos Performance Hall.

Tickets start at $18 for adults, and $5 for students.

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