FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2017
                                    
CONTACT: Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
(616) 929-1713; kmoore@grpm.org
 
Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces 2017 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series
Beginning on September 15
 
Grand Rapids, MI – Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) for the first Mighty Wurlitzer Organ concert of the 2017 series with performances by Dave Wickerham on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. 
 
His performance, Red White & Blue, An American Music Tribute, will showcase popular music from the American Songbook, featuring hit tunes by composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.
 
Dave Wickerham began playing the organ at 4 years old. He then began his studies of the instrument at 7 and carried out his formal studies of the classical organ at the University of Arizona. His career of organist has led him travel across the country, as well as across the world. Throughout this career, he has been a Staff Organist at various venues including Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants, Pipes and Pizza and Piper Music Palace, as well as internationally for the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, touring in Australia and New Zealand.  Dave and his family currently live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where Dave holds the position of Co-Manager and Organist in Residence at the historic Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls.  
 
Shows will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15 and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 in the Meijer Theater at the GRPM. 
 
Tickets for individual concerts are $8 for Museum member adults, $4 for Museum member children, $10 for non-member adults and $5 for non-member children. Tickets are available by visiting www.grpm.org/Organ or by calling 616.929.1700.
 
The second concert of the series will be Musical Scores to the Silent Film “Phantom of the Opera” performed by Andrew Rogers on Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m. 
 
The third concert of the series will be Theatre Organ Through the Decades performed by Justin Stahl on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m. 
 
The fourth and final concert of the series will be Holiday Classics on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 16 at 2 p.m. by John Lauter. This holiday classic is a sellout show, great for the entire family. Tickets are recommended to be purchased early. 
 
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 is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org. 

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