Grand Rapids Symphony Will Rock You with the Beach Boys, David Bowie, Boyz II Men at the Picnic Pops

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI., June 30, 2016 – The Grand Rapids Pops series strikes up the band this summer with the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area.The Grand Rapids Symphony’s 22nd summer season opens with Classical Fireworks on July 14-15. Rock rolls on with We Will Rock You! The Music of Queen on July 21-22 followed by The Music of the Beach Boys on July 28-29. Special events include The Music of David Bowie on August 2 and R&B sensations Boyz II Men performing live on August 4.

Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will be on the podium for the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops season-opening event Classical Fireworks. Featuring popular orchestral favorites such as Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” heard in films such as “Apocalypse Now,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” which appeared in the movie “V for Vendetta,” the show will happen July 14-15 and end in a crescendo of fireworks to accompany the music.

Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in We Will Rock You! The Music of Queen playing hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody” with special guests Jeans ‘N Classics on July 21-22. Varineau also will conduct the orchestra in The Music of the Beach Boys with California surf-rock band Papa Doo Run Run playing classics like “I Get Around” on July 28-29.

Capping off the 2016 Picnic Pops are two one-night only, special-event shows. On August 2, Picnic Pops welcomes Windborne Music playing a tribute to the legendary David Bowie with his greatest hits such as “Under Pressure.” The final Grand Rapids Pops event of the summer on August 4 will be a live concert by the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Boyz II Men, including singer Wanya Morris, who recently appeared on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” 

Gates at Cannonsburg Ski Area open at 5:45 p.m. each night for picnicking and pre-concert entertainment, including free, kid-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, and a musical instrument petting zoo.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. except for Classical Fireworks on July 14-15, which begin at 8 p.m.

Pack your own picnic baskets and coolers or purchase food from the grill at the Cannonsburg concession stand. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds, and parking is free for concertgoers. VIP Parking upgrades will be available for a small fee beginning in June.


Tickets for all five events are on sale now, and season tickets offering big discounts as well as single tickets with a variety of seating options currently are available.

All single tickets for all concerts are $5 more on the day of the show.

Single tickets for lawn seats in advance to Classical Fireworks, We Will Rock You! The Music of Queen and The Music of the Beach Boys are $18 for adults, $16 for college students and seniors, or $5 for ages 2-18. Single tickets for general admission chair seating are $30. Single tickets for an individual, reserved table seats are $48 or $384 for an entire table for eight.

MySymphony360 members can attend for $15. Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free.

Lawn seats for A David Bowie Tribute are $30 for adults, $28 for students and seniors, and $15 for kids. Chairs are $40, and table seats are $65 or $520 for an entire table for eight.

Lawn seats for Boyz II Men are $40 for all seats. Chairs are $50 and table seats are $75 or $95, or $600 or $760 for an entire table for eight.

Tickets can be purchased through the GRS box office by calling 616.454.9451 x4 weekdays or 616.885.1241 evenings or in person at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, or online at

Tickets also may be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800.982.2787, or at Ticketmaster outlets at select D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony

Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt, and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are given each year, touching the lives of some 200,000, nearly half of whom are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities all reached through extensive education and community service programs. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. GRS sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival and provides the orchestra for performance by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit


This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.