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Grand Rapids Public Museum Finishes 2019 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series with Holiday Shows

Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) for the final 2019 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concerts with special holiday music performances by Dave Wickerham on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.

Wickerham will present holiday cheer this season bringing to life favorite holiday songs on the GRPM’s 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. This will be Wickerham’s seventh concert series at the GRPM.

Concerts are great for families during the holiday season! Tickets for Friday, December 20 are sold out. There are limited tickets available for Saturday, December 21.

Dave is a California native who is an internationally recognized organist. He moved to Arizona in 1976, where he became Associate Organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. He continued his musical studies with Roseamond Crowley, one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis Vierne line of organists. He then attended the University of Arizona and pursued classical organ studies for six years with Dr. Roy Johnson. Additionally, he served as a Staff Organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois, and was a featured Staff Organist for 10 years at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield. He enjoys concertizing to various audiences statewide and overseas. He took great joy in his staple performance in Melbourne, Australia as a featured artist for the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, where he received raving reviews.

Shows will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 20 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 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 grpm.org/Organ or by calling 616.929.1700.

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.