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Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops Returns with Classic Christmas Melodies and New Favorites

Celebrate the season with the Grand Rapids Pops, Symphony Chorus, Youth Chorus and more



Media are invited to attend the Grand Rapids Pops’ Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, featuring the sounds of the holiday season from your Grand Rapids Symphony along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, directed by Pearl Shangkuan; and the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, directed by Sean Ivory. Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt leads all five performances of the holiday tradition.


Special guests include the extraordinary bass-baritone Justin Hopkins as well as Grand Rapid’s own Embellish Handbell Ensemble directed by Stephanie Wiltse. This super-sized cast of musicians brings you seasonal classics such as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and “Spirit of the Season” from the holiday film The Polar Express. Don’t miss out on a great, family-friendly way to kick off this upcoming holiday season with the Grand Rapids Symphony.



Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.



DeVos Performance Hall

303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503



  • Review performance
  • Interviews with guest conductors
  • Interviews with members of the Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Interviews with guest artists


About the Grand Rapids Symphony
Organized in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are given each year, touching the lives of some 200,000, nearly half of whom are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities all reached through extensive education and community service programs. Affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus; Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra; and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. GRS sponsors the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival and provides the orchestra for performances by Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet.


To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit the website or

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