FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2014
Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
(616) 929-1713; firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series
"Broadway and Beyond" to kick off Series September 19
Grand Rapids, MI - Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the first Mighty Wurlitzer Organ concert of the Fall series with performances by Lance Luce on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20. Titled "Broadway and Beyond," Luce's performance will mesmerize theatergoers and musical fans by playing selections from current Broadway shows and favorites from Tony award-winning musicals.
Born and raised in Michigan, Luce has been playing the theater pipe organ since he was ten years old. At age 19, Luce was appointed as the Head Staff Organist at Radio City Music Hall in New York; playing the largest Wurlitzer Organ ever built. He is internationally acclaimed and has played concerts throughout the United States, Canada, England and Australia. Luce's concerts are praised for appealing to audiences of all ages, containing a wide variety of musical styles.
Shows will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19 and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 in the Meijer Theater at the GRPM. Tickets for individual concerts are $10 for the general public, $8 for museum members, and $5 for children 17 and under. Tickets bought in blocks of 10 or more are $8 each. Season Ticket packages are $50 each for the general public and $45 for Museum members. Tickets are available by calling 616.456.3977 or by visiting www.grpm.org.
The second concert of the fall will feature the silent film, The Black Pirate, performed by Scott Smith on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, November 15 at 2 p.m. This 1926 film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Billie Dove. Holiday Music and More will be the third and final fall concert by Jelani Eddington, taking place Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m.
The first spring concert in the series will be Herman Plays Herman, by Mark Herman on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and Friday, March 6 at 2 p.m. Next, music featuring Gerschwin, Joplin, and Berlin in Strike up the Band by David Russell will take place Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m. It will be a show of light classical music and show tunes.
The final performance in this series will be An American Music Tribute by Dave Wickerham featuring selections from the Great American Songbook. It will take place Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. and Friday, May 22 at 2 p.m.
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.