Category: Grand Rapids Pops

Join the Grand Rapids Pops for 'Sinatra and Beyond' with Off-Broadway star Tony DeSare this weekend

Entertainer Tony DeSare got his first taste of the spotlight in high school when he was asked to do a few songs to fill time between performances of his middle school and high school orchestras. The self-described shy kid sat down at a piano and played Georgia on My Mind , Fly Me to the Moon and a few more songs. “By the time I was done, the whole place was standing on their feet,” he told The Daily Press in Hampton, Virginia, in January . “I was never the... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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

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

Recap: DreamWorks Animation in Concert - an epic evening of entertainment for the Grand Rapids Pops

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Dreamworks Animation, for more than 20 years, has been bringing cinematic magic to the Silver Screen. Grand Rapids Symphony, for 86 years, has been engaging audiences with the sonic sensation of live music. Put them together and you have sonic sensations and cinematic magic. Or sonic magic and cinematic sensations. But it might be easier just to say an entertainment match made in heaven. Grand Rapids Pops welcomed DreamWorks Animation in Concert to DeVos... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Monday, October 24, 2016

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony's "Star Wars & More" is a roller coaster ride to Christmas town

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk John Williams has written so much film music, it’s easy to forget just how much he’s written. Every “Star Wars” film, most of the “Harry Potter” movies, and the films starring Indiana Jones, just to name a few.  Now add such films as “Schindler’s List” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” to the list. Cue the iconic image of a young Macaulay Culkin, with his hands on the side of his face, looking surprised, in the film “Home Alone.” That’s totally relevant here... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, May 7, 2016

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