FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2017
            
CONTACT:     
Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
(616) 929-1713; kmoore@grpm.org

Grand Rapids Public Museum Hosts 
Special Halloween Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concerts 

Grand Rapids, MI – Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) for special Mighty Wurlitzer Organ concerts of the 2017 series with Andrew Rogers, accompanied by the 1925 horror silent film classic The Phantom of the Opera on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. 

The Phantom of the Opera features Lon Chaney Sr. as the deformed phantom who haunts the Paris Opera house. Andrew Rogers will accompany the film on the GRPM’s 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. 

Andrew Rogers is a Detroit native. He is an organist at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Fox, he also scores and performs silent films, and performs concerts throughout the U.S. and Internationally. Rogers is a resident of Fenton, Michigan, his musical studies started with the accordion. He won local and national competitions by playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. Rogers graduated with a degree with honors in Psychology from Michigan State University. In his time he earned scholarships from the University of Michigan, which made it possible to travel on two Historic Organ Tours, they were through France, Italy, and Switzerland. In 2003, Andrew was invited to play for a public program in Michigan, which was for Japan’s Foundation for Global Harmony. 

Shows will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 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 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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