November 15, 2016



Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations

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Grand Rapids Public Museum Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert

“Holiday Classics” in December


Grand Rapids, MI – The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s (GRPM) welcomes back Dave Wickerham for two holiday performances on the Mighty Wurlizter Theater Organ December 16 and 17. This is a sellout show, great for the entire family.

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. 

Organ Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 16 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 in the Meijer Theater at the GRPM. Tickets go fast, so we recommend that you purchase early! Tickets for individual concerts are $10 for the general public, $8 for Museum members, and $5 for children 17 and under. Tickets are available by visiting or calling 616.456.3977.                                                                       

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