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Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Peter and the Wolf”


With Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Jan. 25

 

ENT-Peter-and-the-WolfYoung children will receive the perfect introduction to the sound of the orchestra when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the musical tale of “Peter and the Wolf,” Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.

This Russian classic will enthrall kids of all ages, especially with the addition of dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Associate Conductor John Varineau leads this Lollipops concert, sponsored by PNC.

Written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, “Peter and the Wolf” tells the story of a young boy who, ignoring his grandfather’s warnings, goes off in search of a big, grey wolf. During his journey through the forest, Peter befriends a bird, a duck and a cat, all of whom help him during his fearsome wolf encounter.

Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument and musical theme, allowing children to learn the distinct sounds made by orchestral instruments. The musicians will also be wearing colored t-shirts that will help identify the four instrument families—string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

The whimsical tale and charming music from “Peter and the Wolf” is likely familiar to many parents, as Disney animated the musical story in 1946. The popular musical themes have also been featured in the film “A Christmas Story” and children’s cartoons including “Muppet Babies” and “Tiny Toon Adventures.”

The Symphony’s Lollipops concerts are designed for children ages four through seven, but the program can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Complimentary lollipops will be given to children as a sweet treat after the performance.

Tickets General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony box office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4 (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800/982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare store and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.

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Jubilee Christmas Tour


At Sunshine Community Church Dec. 13

 

ENT-JUBILEE-CHRISTMAS-webOn Friday, December 13, the Sunshine Community Church, located at 3300 East Beltline Avenue NE in Grand Rapids, will host the exciting Jubilee Christmas Tour, featuring talented Christian recording artists The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five.

What began as a light-hearted lunch conversation between three friends has become one of the most popular concert tours in Gospel Music. The Jubilee Tour brings three of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music together for a unique and unforgettable concert experience. The event has proven to be very popular in cities across the United States, and has enjoyed sell-out concert attendance in numerous cities.

The evening allows each group to be featured during the first half of the program, then the second half brings the three groups together for a Jubilee spectacular.  The unscripted and spontaneous format that is both entertaining and inspirational, providing audiences with a most enjoyable, must-see evening.

In 2012, the three artists united to release the Jubilee Christmas recording and traveled to eight cities to present the Jubilee Christmas Tour. The concerts featured material from the new Christmas recording and delighted crowds throughout the Holiday season.

The dawning of 2013 began a new chapter in the Jubilee series, as the Jubilee artists continue to Tour throughout the United States. This Holiday season, the Jubilee Christmas Tour will be featured in 16 cities throughout the US. The stop in Grand Rapids will mark one of those special evenings. This event, featuring the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five at the Sunshine Community Church, promises to be enjoyable for the entire family. The Jublee Christmas concert will begin at 7:00pm.

Reserve tickets online at www.imcconcerts.com, or by phone at 800-965-9324.

 

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Gospel group The Martins and comedian Chonda Pierce in concert


ENT-Martins_0313-1The smooth, rich sounds of multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artist The Martins will be featured along with the inspiring comedy of Chonda Pierce in Grand Rapids, on Saturday, March 2, at Sunshine Community Church, at 6 p.m.

It’s a New Day for legendary vocal group, The Martins. Their three-year labor of love is complete, and the end result is a new recording, appropriately titled New Day. The recording was produced by multi-platinum selling Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus and marks their first in a decade. During the 1990s, The Martins rose to national and international success, showcasing their stunning and distinctive harmonies before a vast array of audiences, from Bill Gaither’s multi-award winning Homecoming Video and Concert Series to the White House to Carnegie Hall. Over the years the trio has garnered six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, a Grammy nomination and multiple hit songs. After a 10-year hiatus from touring together, in 2010 the siblings returned with a renewed family bond. In addition to the release of New Day, Gaither Music Group released a DVD, entitled The Best Of The Martins, which captures some of the trio’s most unforgettable highlights from the multi-platinum selling Gaither Homecoming Video Series. The recording includes a detailed interview between the The Martins and gospel music legend and Martins’ mentor, Bill Gaither, as they candidly share their personal story and the fresh step forward they are taking both musically and spiritually.

Armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand stand up comic, television hostess and author, Pierce has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career. Pierce has authored eight books and has ranked among Pollstar’s top-selling live performers. Her tenth comedy DVD, I’m Kind of a Big Deal, released in September, 2011 highlights her USO tour to Afghanistan. Pierce’s DVDs are consistently strong sellers with eight titles having been certified RAIA gold and four titles certified RAIA platinum. She’s a frequent guest on the famed Grand Ole Opry and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of FameAwards, as well as co-host of the GMA Dove awards in 2012. She received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work co-hosting Aspiring Women, a talk show on the Total Living Network. She has appeared on Life Today, The Wanda Sykes Show, The Mike Huckabee Show, as well as ABC’s popular talk show, The View. Her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

Complete information may be obtained about this event by calling

800-965-9324 or visiting www.itickets.com or www.martinsonline.com.

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Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Little Red Riding Hood”


Featuring Grand Rapids Ballet Company Dancers, January 21

The eyes of little ones will widen with wonder when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the interactive, musical tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Two performances will be presented on Jan. 21 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.
Professional dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and narrator Edye Evans Hyde will help tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood’s trip through the forest, where she is rescued from the wolf by her fairy tale friends. The 45-minute program communicates lessons, including the importance of listening to one’s parents and being wary of strangers, as well as the triumph of good over evil.
“There are some humorous moments and updates to this story, such as a call Little Red Riding Hood makes to her mother on a cell phone,” says Associate Conductor John Varineau.
The ballet includes fun dances like a polka, waltz and Russian Cossack dance.
“We are thrilled to be working the Symphony again to present this classic tale in a fun production perfect for all ages,” shares Grand Rapids Ballet Company Artistic Director Patrici Barker.
To help children identify the different instrument families of the orchestra, Symphony musicians will wear colored t-shirts to show whether they belong to the string, woodwind, brass or percussion family. These colors help children understand the various sections of the orchestra.
Complimentary lollipops are also available for the children as they leave the performance.
General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616-454-9451, Ext. 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.

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