Monday, May 4, 2009

Adolphus Hailstork Contributes to David Lockington's Revival of Grand Rapids Symphony

Adolphus Hailstork: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3; Grand Rapids Symphony; David Lockington, Conductor; Naxos 8.559295 (2007)

by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The Grand Rapids Press
Sunday May 03, 2009, 3:59 AM

Ten years of Lockington's quiet charisma and genteel charm on the podium have transformed the orchestra that celebrates its 80th anniversary season next year.” “Multicultural diversity -- Lots of African-American guest artists, most notably Kathleen Battle, have appeared in DeVos Hall. Music by several African-American composers include Adolphus Hailstork's Symphony No. 3, which the Grand Rapids Symphony commissioned and later recorded for Naxos Records.   Meanwhile, the annual 'Symphony with Soul' concerts have kicked open the doors of DeVos Hall to the wider West Michigan community.”  [Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork (b. 1941) is profiled at]

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