FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 4, 2016

                                   

CONTACT:     

Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations

(616) 929-1713; kmoore@grpm.org

 

Last Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert of 2015 Series

at Grand Rapids Public Museum this Month

 

Grand Rapids, MI – This holiday season join the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) for the holiday themed Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concerts, “Holiday Cheer” performed by the duet of Stephen and Rose Warner on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19. Stephen will be playing the Museum's 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ accompanied by his wife on the Museum’s piano.

 

Shows will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18 and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 in the Meijer Theater at the GRPM. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for Museum members and $5 for children 17 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information visit grpm.org/OrganConcerts.

 

Stephen currently is the organist and music director at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit where he has the privilege of conducting Jefferson Avenue’s semi-professional choir and playing their historic 1925 E.M. Skinner pipe organ on Sunday mornings.  Mr. Warner also works as a technician for the Holden Pipe Organ Company which cares for many of the E. M. Skinner organs in Southern Michigan and many other fine vintage and historic instruments in Metro-Detroit. He has also enjoyed collaborating with his wife, Rose, singing with him in performances on both the classical and theater organ.  In 2003 he graduated from the University of Michigan with dual bachelor degrees in Organ Performance and Mechanical Engineering.

 

Rose Warner has spent the last 33 years working in the performing arts both on and off stage. She has been touring with a vocal jazz quartet, recording with a classical octet, working as a church musician, performing in summer stock theatre as well as doing commercial jingle work. Rose’s favorite roles/shows include Mamma Rose in “Gypsy”, “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “My Fair Lady” and “West Side Story.”  Currently, she is teaching voice in an ever-expanding home studio in Southfield. In addition, Rose is vocal director for the Sky’s the Limit Productions, a youth theater program in Metro-Detroit.  She also runs a private voice studio and has recently run a theater program for Creative Arts Day Camps at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she is also a professional vocal soloist and section leader for the chancel choir. Rose enjoys performing with her husband Stephen.

           

The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

The Wurlitzer Company of North Tonawanda, New York, manufactured and shipped Opus #1836, a “3 manual special”, to the Stanley Theater of Jersey City, New Jersey, on February 9, 1928. The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ spent two decades entertaining customers at the Roaring 20’s Pizza Parlor on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, before it was moved to its current location at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

 

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. The mission of the Museum is to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.

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