Category: Special Events

The magic of Harry Potter returns to Grand Rapids Pops with 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,' Friday and Saturday

Last season, when the Grand Rapids Pops brought the Harry Potter Film Concert series to town, the Grand Rapids Symphony sold out three performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the musical score played live by the Grand Rapids Symphony. When Harry Potter battled talking spiders and giant snakes, dealt with a charming but inept Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and finally faced the memory of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , an... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Recap: Harry Potter and the Grand Rapids Pops thrill audience for second time with ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Fans of Harry Potter films all have their favorite scenes. Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley, his first defeat of Lord Voldemort, conjuring his first Patronus Charm, rescuing his godfather, Sirius Black, winning the Tri-Wizard Cup, finally defeating the Dark Lord – it goes on and on and on. Harry Potter, fighting the dreaded basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, is among the most scary and exhilarating scenes in the entire canon of Harry Potter... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, September 30, 2017

Grand Rapids Pops presents 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,' Sept. 29-30

Pottermania returns to Grand Rapids. Last season, when the Grand Rapids Pops brought the Harry Potter Film Concert series to town, the Grand Rapids Symphony sold out three performances in DeVos Performance Hall. Find out what all the fuss is about this weekend when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Recap: 'Symphony with Soul,' with big voice of Lalah Hathaway, big sound of Grand Rapids Symphony, sells out DeVos Hall

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - The Grand Rapids Symphony set out 15 years ago to do something it had never done before. Fill the better part of DeVos Performance Hall with people who likely had never been to a symphony orchestra concert before. Fill it they did on Saturday for the 16 th annual “Symphony with Soul.” A moment before the audience rose for the opening number, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” hardly a seat was empty. DeVos Hall was filled to... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Sunday, February 19, 2017

Grand Rapids Symphony's audiences go wild for Harry Potter in DeVos Hall

Harry Potter came to town, and Pottermania descended on Grand Rapids. Your Grand Rapids Symphony welcomed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to DeVos Performance Hall this past weekend, the first movie in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. More than 7,000 muggles came to three sold-out performances of the original 2001 film on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, 2017. It was a magical experience any way you slice it. See our recap of the weekend's performances . ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Recap: Grand Rapids Symphony brings magic of Harry Potter to town with exciting 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - Tales of good and evil, of heroes defeating villains, are timeless. Thanks to modern technology, entertainment through electronic media is growing at an exponential rate. Yet live entertainment continues to delight audiences. When you can put all of that together, you have something really special. You might even say magical. Harry Potter came to DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, thanks to the Grand Rapids Symphony , the 2001 film,  Harry Potter and... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Sunday, January 29, 2017

MercyMe Launches 2016 Christmas Tour with Grand Rapids Symphony at Resurrection Life Church

MercyMe guitarist Mike Scheuchzer knew he had hit pay dirt when he could quit his day job. The Christian rock group, for several years, lived together in one house, splitting the rent, sharing the expenses, and driving themselves to their own gigs. “Making it up as we go,” Scheuchzer said with a laugh. After six years and six independent recording projects, a record deal with INO Records in 2001 launched MercyMe into the front ranks of Contemporary Christian music. ... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MercyMe returns for 2016 Christmas show with Grand Rapids Symphony

Last time MercyMe was in Grand Rapids, they shared the stage with eight other groups. Granted, the “Rock & Worship Roadshow,” featuring Jeremy Camp Family Force, Kutless and Luminate, was held in the Van Andel Arena. But when the Christmas holidays bring MercyMe back to town, there will be only one other act on the bill – the Grand Rapids Symphony . MercyMe, one of the most successful Christian pop/rock groups of the past two decades, comes to the Grand Rapids area for a special... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Monday, May 16, 2016

Recap: GR Symphony celebrates music & diversity with Marcus Roberts Trio at "Symphony with Soul"

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk The night opened with a rousing chorus of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” with nearly everyone in the house standing to sing the 117-year-old song often referred to as the “Black American National Anthem.”  But that was just the beginning of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s annual “Symphony with Soul.”  The annual musical celebration of diversity and inclusion, which last year brought actress and singer Vanessa Williams to Grand Rapids, welcomed the Marcus... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CineConcerts and Warner Bros. announce the world premiere of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series

February 17, 2016 – [Los Angeles] CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today the world premiere of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films.  The tour will feature Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and will kick off this summer, travelling to destinations across North America. The world premiere will take place on June 23rd, 2016 at The Mann Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing. Tickets go on sale... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Friday, February 26, 2016
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