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Grand Rapids Symphony unveils its 2020 Picnic Pops lineup

Posted at 9:07 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 10:14:52-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Symphony has unveiled its 2020 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with four stellar concerts happening in July at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

The 26th annual season of “Symphony under the Sky” features:

Kittel & Co [jeremykittel.com].Bluegrass to Bach with stunning virtuosity!

Fiddler and violinist extraordinaire, Ann Arbor’s own Jeremy Kittel, formerly with Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet, has been seen on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert,” heard on “A Prairie Home Companion.” With Kittel & Co., which recently played The Listening Room in Grand Rapids, the eclectic ensemble with mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham and hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Have a listen to Kittel & Co. with “Chrysalis.”

The Doo Wop ProjectOld School songs for the new generation!

Cast members who starred on Broadway in “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical” bring the sweet sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles to Cannonsburg with songs made famous by several tight-harmony vocal groups of the 1950s and 60s plus “doowopified” arrangements of later songs by Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. Check out these highlights from Doo Wop Project's show.

Ladysmith Black MambazoFour time Grammy winners heard on Disney’s “The Lion King II,” James Earl Jones’ “Cry The Beloved Country” and Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America”!

American audiences discovered the vocal ensemble from kwaZulu Natal when the group was featured prominently on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland” which went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. South Africa’s “Cultural Ambassadors to the World” bring world music to West Michigan. Here’s a taste of “Homeless” live.

The three above are available in a season subscription or a handy Flexpass, both offering substantial discounts. Subscribers have the first option to get tickets for the special event with Hanson [hanson.net]. The teenage sensation from Tulsa that made “MMMBop” the summer anthem of 1997 brings its String Theory Tour to West Michigan with its biggest hits including “Where’s The Love,” “This Time Around,” and, of course, “MMMBop” along with its latest music featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony. Here’s “MMMBop” with a full-size symphony orchestra.

Grand Rapids Symphony also will play a special patriotic pops concert, “Happy Birthday, President Ford!,” on July 14 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. More information will be available soon.