Category: Fox Motors Pops Series

If you liked 'La La Land,' you'll love seeing Grand Rapids Pops' 'An American In Paris,' Nov. 10-12

Great movies, like great symphonies and great paintings, echo and reverberate through time.  With its jazz-flavored score, Technicolor costuming, and classic dancing, the 2016 film, La La Land , garnered critical acclaim, five Academy Awards, and enthusiastic audiences. But sixty-five years before La La Land , there was An American in Paris . The 1951 musical, starring the indomitable Gene Kelly and elegant Leslie Caron, weds the worlds of symphonic music, dance, and fine art... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Recap: Grand Rapids Pops' tribute to Fleetwood Mac is as authentic as it is entertaining

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Fleetwood Mac still is with us. One of the top pop/rock acts of the 1970s and 1980s, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in near 20 years ago, the British-American rock group hasn’t faded away. The group that celebrated its 50 th anniversary this summer still tours from time to time. Just this past week, drummer Mick Fleetwood published his third book about the group he co-founded. Its title, “Love that Burns – A Chronicle of... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 1 comments

Grand Rapids Pops celebrates 50th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac with tribute show, Sept. 22-24

Fleetwood Mac’s drummer, Mick Fleetwood, who gave his name to the band and who is one of its two remaining founders, became a member of the group for reasons having nothing to do with music. What’s more, Fleetwood only found out recently. One of the top pop/rock acts of the 1970s and 1980s, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, Fleetwood Mac remains among the best-selling rock bands of all time. Grand Rapids Pops salutes the iconic group with “A... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Recap: Grand Rapids Pops audience goes wild for 50th anniversary salute to Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album with Classical Mystery Tour

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - What would The Beatles have sounded like if they had had the chance to perform songs such as “Penny Lane” and “A Day in the Life” in front of a live audience? Grand Rapids had its answer, thanks to the Grand Rapids Pops with special guests, Classical Mystery Tour. In 1966, the Fab Four gave up touring for good, before writing and recording songs such as “The Long and Winding Road” as well as the album topping Rolling Stone... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Monday, May 1, 2017 | 3 comments

Hear Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' with Grand Rapids Pops and tribute group Classical Mystery Tour

Rolling Stone magazine has called The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the most important rock and roll album ever made The album topping the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time also is 50 years old this summer. Released on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. charts and won four Grammy Awards in 1968 including Album of the Year. In the United States, 1967 was the summer of Haight-Ashbury, flowers, and... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 1 comments

Grand Rapids Pops celebrates St. Patrick's Day with singer Cathie Ryan, direct from Ireland via Detroit

Cathie Ryan is an Irish singer from Detroit, which, at first blush, sounds a little like salsa from New York City. Listen to her sing, and the blush immediately fades. The first-generation Irish-American, daughter of two Irish immigrants, Ryan grew up steeped in the music and culture of her ancestral homeland at home and spent plenty of time with her grandparents and extended family in the Emerald Isle. “The roots to Ireland within me are strong, but everything that has grown... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Recap: It's the most wonderful time of the year at the Grand Rapids Symphony's Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - When the holidays beckon, it’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a musician. It’s even better to be in the audience at the Grand Rapids Pops . The weather outside wasn’t frightful, but the music sure was delightful for the Grand Rapids Symphony to open the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops in gaily decorated DeVos Performance Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1. The sounds of the season filled the program with favorite carols, popular melodies,... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, December 2, 2016 | 3 comments

Recap: 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' is inspiring. With live music from the Grand Rapids Pops, it's thrilling

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was one of film composer John Williams’ greatest triumphs. Typically, the way films are made, composers are brought on board as a film is being edited. After viewing the final cut, they have mere weeks to compose and record music that will forever be attached to the movie. It’s that fast. When Williams set out record the soundtrack for the finale of the story about a boy who befriends a lost alien, he struggled to fit... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Harpist spends months preparing to play John Williams' music for 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' with Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony musicians typically spend more time preparing and rehearsing music by Mahler, Prokofiev and others for the orchestra’s Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series than they do for other programs. But several months ago, personnel manager Erich Peterson reached out to principal harpist Beth Colpean about a particular show in the Fox Motors Pops series. The score for Grand Rapids Pops' upcoming performances of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial   arrived... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Recap: Billy Joel or Elton John? Jim Witter gives you both and more at the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2016-17 Pops Series

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk -- Billy Joel or Elton John? It’s a musical variation of the question, “Ginger or Mary Ann?” Who do you prefer? The two piano-playing, singer/songwriters have a lot in common with dozens of hit songs and millions of records sold. They’re also plenty different, as you’d expect from a Brit and a Yank. So if you can’t choose between the two, who better to combine them into one package than a Canadian, eh? The Canadian of... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 0 comments
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