Fountain Street Church and Grand Rapids Symphony Join Forces to present Interfaith Concert of Song and Word, Dec. 9

Fri, 10/26/2012

The Grand Rapids Symphony and Fountain Street Church join forces to present Voices of Faith: A Concert of Song and Word on Sunday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church. The concert will feature spoken, chanted and sung texts that illuminate seven major faith groups – Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Native American – for a concert of beautiful music and deeper understanding.

Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director David Lockington has collaborated with Fountain Street Church and Grand Rapids Community College Choir Director Dr. Stephen Barton on a program that includes choral works by Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, Paul Halley and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart among others. The Fountain Street Church Adult Choir and the Grand Rapids Community College Concert Choir will perform with the orchestra and local leaders in the featured faiths will join them for readings.

The concert will be the first in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2012-13 Sacred Dimensions Series, aimed at making and strengthening ties with the varied communities that make up West Michigan. It is produced in cooperation with the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding.

Concert tickets are $20, $5 with a student ID, and are available for purchase in person at Fountain Street Church, in person at the Grand Rapids Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100 (located across from the Calder Plaza), or online through EventBrite at or Tickets purchased online will include a service fee. Free concert parking will be available at the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp across the street.

About Fountain Street Church
Protestant in tradition and Baptist in history, Fountain Street is now liberal in defining faith and non-denominational in expressing it. Its majestic sanctuary has a 140-year history of hosting brilliant music and notable musicians from Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald to Dave Brubeck, The Grateful Dead and Bono. Every week it also welcomes children, elders, young adults, homeless neighbors and many who have been left out, cast out or simply walked out of other religions. Part of no denomination, Fountain Street works in partnership with other houses of worship and charitable organizations to serve the poor, stand up for the oppressed, and create a world of “liberty and justice for all.” For more information, go to

About the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Led by Music Director David Lockington, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities, reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony sponsors the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses, and also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit