Celebration of Soul 2017

by Kate Barnum

In recognition of the importance of diversity, inclusion and connection-building in West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the 15th annual Symphony of Soul concert preceded by the 12th annual Celebration of Soul dinner and Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Award ceremony on Saturday, February 18. This event, created in 2006, continues to honor the accomplishments of notable individuals and organizations in the surrounding community.

Christina Arnold will be recognized for her ongoing diversity efforts and accomplishments.

Guests are invited to participate in an unforgettable night filled with support and meaningful conversations as well as an elegant sit-down dinner, drinks, networking and one-of-a-kind entertainment.

The Grand Rapids Symphony has dedicated itself to establishing and maintaining a diverse community through its programs and services. Each year, the Symphony selects influential and diverse guest artists and conductors to hold a special performance at the Symphony of Soul. This year, Grammy Award winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway will perform.

Following an established tradition, there will be a brief performance by the Grand Rapids Symphony Mosaic Scholars. This program is able to grow and improve thanks to the proceeds gathered from the Celebration of Soul event.

As part of the Celebration of Soul, three carefully selected honorees will receive the Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Award, a token of recognition and appreciation for ongoing diversity efforts and accomplishments. The three recipients this year include Grand Rapids city commissioner, Elias Lumpkins, Christina Arnold of the Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at GRCC and Cherry Health. These inspirational and innovative individuals and organization have shown distinguished leadership and dedication to advancing community engagement, inclusion and diversity.

What: Grand Rapids Symphony of Soul and Celebration of Soul
When: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 5-10 :00p.m.
Where: Celebration of Soul held at the J.W. Marriott International Ballroom, Symphony of Soul held at the DeVos Performance Hall
Cost: $150 per ticket
Attire: Formalwear

Aside from studying journalism at Grand Valley State University and interning at WLM, Kate Branum enjoys writing, reading and all things art. Reach out to her at: kmbranum@gmail.com



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