Classic rock comes to Cannonsburg for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017 Picnic Pops
June 14, 2017
Senior Manager of Communications and Media Relations
616.454.9451 ext. 139
GRAND RAPIDS, MI., June 14, 2017 – Classic rock comes to Cannonsburg Ski Area for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 23rd annual D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops.
The annual summer season sponsored by Spartan Nash returns in July with pop/rock sounds of ABBA and Chicago plus a salute to songs of Tina Turner, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and more in a new show titled Women Rock
In August, join the Grand Rapids Pops for the audience favorite Classical Fireworks show with Music Director Marcelo Lehninger making his debut at Cannonsburg.
The 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concludes with mariachi music direct from Mexico. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, which toured and recorded with Linda Ronstadt, tops off the summer.
Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will open the season and be on the podium for two concerts.
Season tickets offering substantial discounts as well as single tickets for all shows are on sale now. Call the Grand Rapids Symphony at (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 during business hours or (616) 885-1241 evenings or go online to PicnicPops.org
The Grand Rapids Pops’ three-concert, all classic rock series, sponsored by GR Outdoor, opens with The Music of ABBA on July 13-14. Rock rolls on with The Musical Legacy of Chicago on July 20-21 followed by the music of Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar and more in Women Rock on July 27-28. All three pairs of concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
Capping off the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops are two one-night only, special events. Shows include the perennially popular Classical Fireworks on Thursday, August 3; and the marvelous mariachi sound of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán on Saturday, August 5. Both special-event shows begin at 8 p.m.
Here’s the 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops lineup:
The Music of ABBA – Thursday and Friday, July 13-14, 7:30 p.m.
Bob Bernhardt, Principal Pops Conductor
Benefactor sponsors: Kennari Consulting, Price Heneveld LLP and TerryTown RV
The Music of ABBA features Arrival from Sweden plus guest musicians who originally toured or recorded with ABBA on such songs as Fernando, Knowing Me Knowing You, SOS and Dancing Queen. ABBA, which had 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1972 and 1982, is one of the greatest pop acts in the history of rock music. Since 1995, Arrival has toured more than 48 nations and appeared with dozens of symphony orchestras. The group last was in Grand Rapids in February 2012 at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center.
The Musical Legacy of Chicago – Thursday and Friday, July 20-21, 7:30 p.m.
Bob Bernhardt, Principal Pops Conductor
Benefactor sponsors: Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Mercy Health, Vredevoogd Heating and Cooling, and Witness Inspection
Patron sponsors: Ranir, Grand Wealth Management and Mercantile Bank of Michigan
The Musical Legacy of Chicago stars Brass Transit, an eight-member band from Toronto, founded in 2008 solely to pay tribute to one of the longest-running acts in rock music. Since 1967, songs such as Saturday in the Park, 25 or 6 to 4, If You Leave Me Now and You’re the Inspiration have become staples of rock radio. Elected in 2015 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chicago has been dubbed the greatest American band in both singles chart success and album chart success by Billboard.
Women Rock – Thursday and Friday, July 27-28, 7:30 p.m.
Robert Thompson, Guest Conductor
Benefactor sponsors: Bank of America and Miller Johnson
Patron sponsors: Art of the Table/Aperitivo and HR Collaborative
Women Rock pays homage to some of the biggest stars and best-known female singers of the past 50 years including Martha Reeves, Joan Jett and Heart, singing iconic songs including I Feel the Earth Move, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, These Dreams, and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman. Created by Grammy Award winning pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, Women Rock features three of Broadway’s brightest stars – Cassidy Catanzaro, Katrina Rose Dideriksen and Shayna Steele – singing songs that changed the course of rock music.
Classical Fireworks – Thursday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m.
Marcelo Lehninger, Music Director
Benefactor sponsors: Chemical Bank, Fox Motors, Universal Forest Products, United Bank
Classical Fireworks, a D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops tradition since the series debuted in 1995, welcomes Music Director Marcelo Lehninger for his Grand Rapids Symphony debut at Cannonsburg. Lehninger will lead the orchestra in audience favorites including Copland’s “Hoedown” from Appalachian Spring, the finale from Dvorak’s “From the New World” Symphony No. 9, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Come for the music, stay for the fireworks sponsored by Lacks Enterprises.
Natanael Espinoza, Guest Conductor
Patron sponsors: Macatawa Bank and Steenstra’s Windmill Cookies
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, dubbed the best Mariachi band in the world, is a Mexican folk music ensemble that traces its origin back to 1897 in the central Pacific coastal state of Jalisco, the region in Mexico from which mariachi music emerged. Mariachi Vargas appeared on Linda Ronstadt’s 1986 album, Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of My Father), which won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album at the 31st Grammys in 1987. Mariachi Vargas also toured nationally with Ronstadt.
About Cannonsburg Ski Area
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.
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.
Ticket Options and Prices
3-Concert Series and Flexpass Packages
Save up to 26% off single-ticket prices by bundling the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops experience together with a 3-Concert Series or save up to 17% with a 6-ticket Flexpass.
The 3-Concert Series subscription is good for lawn seating to The Music of Abba, The Musical Legacy of Chicago and Women Rock. Subscriptions are $42 for adults, $36 for college students and seniors, and $15 for children ages 2-18. Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free. Series tickets for general admission chair seating are $75. Tickets for an individual reserved table seat are $144 or $1,152 to reserve an entire table for eight.
The Flexpass 6-Pack offers six lawn tickets that can be used in any combination, on any concert night, for The Music of Abba, The Musical Legacy of Chicago and Women Rock. Flexpasses are $96 for adults and $84 for seniors. Flexpasses cannot be used for the special events in August.
Individual Concert Tickets
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.
Lawn tickets to The Music of Abba, The Musical Legacy of Chicago, Women Rock and Classical Fireworks, are $19 for adults ($24 day of show), $16 for college students and seniors ($21 day of show), or $5 for ages 2-18 ($10 day of show). MySymphony360 members can attend for $15 ($20 day of show). Active duty, reserve and National Guard members of the U.S. Military may purchase up to two tickets for $15 each ($20 day of show). Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free. Members of the community receiving financial assistance from the State of Michigan or U.S. Military households can receive up to four free tickets through the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Symphony Scorecard.
Other individual tickets are $30 for reserved chairs ($35 the day of the show), $51 for individual table seats ($56 the day of the show), and $408 for a full table of eight ($448 day of show).
Lawn tickets to Mariachi Vargas are $24 for adults ($29 day of show), $22 for college students and seniors ($27 day of show), or $5 for ages 2-18 ($10 day of show). MySymphony360 members can attend for $15 ($20 day of show). Active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Military may buy up to two tickets for $15 each ($20 day of show). Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free.
Other individual tickets are $34 for reserved chairs ($39 the day of the show), $51 for individual table seats ($56 the day of the show), and $408 for a full table of eight ($448 day of show).
The 3-Concert Series, Flexpass, and individual table and chair tickets can be purchased through the GRS box office by calling (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 weekdays or (616) 885-1241 evenings; or in person at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100; or online at GRSymphony.org.
Tickets are also available at the gate at the night of the concert for an additional $5. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people by calling (616) 454-9451 ext. 192.
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 provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet and sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival, which returns in March 2017.
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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.