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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

Hear Grand Rapids Pops play 'Star Wars' and more, movie music of John Williams, May 11-13

Grand Rapids Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt doesn’t mince words when he talks about film composer John Williams. “He’s my hero,” Bernhard says with a smile. Bernhardt comes by that belief honestly. During his 14-year tenor as conductor of the Boston Pops, Williams in 1992 hired Bernhardt to be a guest conductor of the most famous pops orchestra in the world. Ever since, Bernhardt has continued to guest conduct the Boston Pops nearly every season... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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