Discounted tickets available to Grand Rapids Symphony

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The Grand Rapids Symphony, in cooperation with Temple Emanuel, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, and the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding  presents a special concert, "We Remember," Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall, in Grand Rapids.

Tickets start at $18, or $5 for students. Mention the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding and receive 30 percent off tickets priced $33 and up. To claim, call the Box Office at 616-454-9451, extension 4. The offer expires at noon, Wednesday, November 14, with a limit of two discounts per household.

"We Remember" features Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 (Reformation) and Stephen Paulis' To Be Certain of the Dawn. The GRS Chorus, Youth Chorus and five vocal soloists join the orchestra to present To Be Certain of the Dawn, an acclaimed, large-scale Holocaust memorial oratorio.

This powerful piece, written to bring understanding, conveys a message of hope and forgiveness. Inspired by photographs taken prior to the Holocaust, the work tells the story of faith and hope through the eyes of children.

The piece was commissioned by the Basilica of St. Mary's in Minneapolis/St. Paul in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps and the fortieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the papal encyclical that formally pronounces the Catholic Church's relationship with non-Christian religions.

The 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding, coordinated by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University, is a year-long effort to cultivate community interest and engagement of all faith traditions in West Michigan. Learn more at www.2012gr.org.