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Chuck Royce Sr. (Photo: St. Cecelia Music Center)
Chuck Royce Sr. (Photo: St. Cecelia Music Center)
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Charles (Chuck) Royce Passes Away at the age of 90

One of Grand Rapids’ longtime and dedicated leaders, Charles (Chuck) Lund Royce, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday at St. Cecilia Music Center surrounded by hundreds of well-wishers, family, friends, artists, students and others from a wide range of organizations whose lives he touched through his philanthropy and community involvement.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony Committee
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony Committee
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Blodgett Estate, “Brookby” Will Transform Into a Fairy Garden as Fundraiser

The Blodgett Estate, a historical Grand Rapids landmark on the grounds of Aquinas College, will be transformed into a fairy garden during the month of June. The event is “Brookby Enchanted,” the Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee’s annual fundraiser benefitting the education programs of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Guests can visit the estate for a tour of the iconic Broobky House home and grounds featuring fairy houses created by local artists. “Brookby Enchanted” is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Edith I. Blodgett Legacy Fund of the Brookby Foundation.

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Bob Bernhardt /Grand Rapids Symphony
Bob Bernhardt /Grand Rapids Symphony
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Conductor Bob Bernhardt Leads Grand Rapids Pops for ‘Best of Broadway’ This Weekend [Video]

New Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will join the Grand Rapids Pops in his first performance in his new role on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Rapids.

Bernhardt will be joined by Michigan native Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman for Best of Broadway, a Fox Motors Pops series concert featuring the Broadway stars from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

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Doug Benc/Getty Images
Doug Benc/Getty Images
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Grand Rapids Symphony Announces Lineup for 2015 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops

The Grand Rapids Symphony's 2015 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops summer concert series will include Five For Fighting and the music of Neil Diamond, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Billy Joel and Elton John in July.

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Rod Spicer
Rod Spicer
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Vanessa Williams Joining Grand Rapids Symphony for Symphony with Soul

Special guest Vanessa Williams is joining the Grand Rapids Symphony on Feb. 28 for the 14th annual Symphony with Soul.

The community celebration of African-American musical expression is at 8 p.m. EST at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids, with tickets still available.

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Bob Bernhardt/John Varineau
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Bob Bernhardt/John Varineau Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Bob Bernhardt Named Principal Pops Conductor of Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony has just announced the appointment of their Principal Pops Conductor, Mr. Bob Bernhardt!

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lpomusic.com
lpomusic.com
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Artistic Director Robert Lyall Leaving Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids’ Artistic Director Robert Lyall announced he will resign following next month’s production of Britten’s “Noah’s Flood” after a 26-year tenure. Lyall was named General and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) in December of 1998, and he has since retained positions with both NOOA and Opera Grand Rapids. Upon his departure, Lyall will devote his energy to further plans and aspirations for NOOA’s forthcoming seasons.

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Patrick Herrera/ThinkStock
Patrick Herrera/ThinkStock
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Grand Rapids Symphony Presents ‘Holiday Pops’

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s "Nestle Gerber Holiday Pops" helps bring joy to the holiday season with Christmas music and performances.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Grand Rapids Symphony Season Tickets Now on Sale to Public

The Grand Rapids Symphony's season ticket-holders are always offered first choice of tickets for a concert season. However, now it's the public's turn with tickets now available.

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Rick Diamond/Getty Images
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Takin’ It Easy with The Eagles

With five No. 1 singles, six Grammy Awards and six No. 1 albums, The Eagles are one of the most successful rock groups from the '70s. They broke up spectacularly, and then regrouped in 1994.

"Desperado." "Take It Easy." "Hotel California." "Take It to the Limit." "Heartache Tonight." "Life in the Fast Lane." "Witchy Woman."

They have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.

There's three opportunities coming up locally to enjoy their music in person.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Summertime Hits with Grand Rapids Symphony at D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops [Audio]

It's "Summertime Hits" tonight and Friday night, July 24 and 25, at the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with the Grand Rapids Symphony!

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"Josh" & "Wasabi"
"Josh" & "Wasabi"
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Wasabi, Josh Visit for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Trudy Ender, from the Humane Society of West Michigan visited the 100.5 The River studios this morning with two of the cutest kittens, Josh and Wasabi.

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