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Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces 2019 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced the 2019 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert series, beginning October 18 and 19 with a special Halloween themed Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert by Dale Zieger to the 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

In the silent film, viewers will meet Dr. Henry Jekyll, his fiancé Millicent and her father. Upon the challenge of there being two types of self, good and evil, Dr. Jekyll experiments with scientific means to reveal the hidden, dark side of man, in turn releasing a murderer within himself.

Dale Zieger will be accompanying the silent film on the GRPM’s 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Zieger was born in St. Louis, Missouri and has been playing music from a young age. He began piano lessons at five years old, and organ lessons at ten years old, and he played the Fox Organ for the first time age ten in 1955. At age sixteen he began playing the organ professionally, and became Stan’s Assistant organist at the St. Louis Fox Theater at age eighteen, a position that continued for six years. Zieger was a music major at Webster College and Washington University in St. Louis, and in 1970 he joined Conn Organ Corp. as Concert Artist, Product Specialist and Organ Designer. Zieger has traveled internationally for Conn in Europe, South America, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, and Canada. He is currently co-owner of “Dale and Gail’s Music and Art Gallery” with his wife Gail in the 1927 Hart Theater in Hart, Michigan. There, they perform organ and piano programs along with silent movies with live theater organ accompaniment. He is now in his 55th year of professional organ performance.

Shows will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 in the GRPM’s Meijer Theater.

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 feature Andrew Rogers playing Classic Melodies including Cinderella’s Waltz, Chicago, Bye Bye Blues, The Carousel Waltz and more on Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m.

The third and final artists in the 2019 series will be Dave Wickerham performing a collection of Christmas and seasonal favorites in his concerts Holiday Classics on Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 21 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 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 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.