It's was a romantic love story that ushered in the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. It was An American in Paris, a tour de force of Gene Kelly.

The film, which won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Picture, launched more than a decade’s worth of well-known musicals, from Singing in the Rain, to West Side Story, to the beloved family classic, The Sound of Music. And, it will be at DeVos Performance Hall in November with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Some say watching a film along with the Grand Rapids Symphony is the only way to see a movie. Why? Because the Symphony plays the score as the movie plays, making for one exciting evening.



Part of the Fox Motors Pops series, the show features the film projected onto a 40-foot screen above the orchestra while musicians play the iconic film score with the beautiful music of George Gershwin.

Performance dates are November 10-12 in DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Shows are at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and at 3pm on Sunday. Tickets start at $18.

Associate Conductor John Varineau returns for his 33rd year on the podium for the Grand Rapids Symphony to lead the orchestra through the musical genius of George and Ira Gershwin with songs including Embraceable You, Our Love is Here to Stay, and I Got Rhythm, plus the nearly 20-minute-long ballet piece, An American in Paris.

Tickets start at $18 and are available at the GRS ticket office, weekdays 9 am-5 pm at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.)

Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, weekdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets also may be purchased online at

Full-time students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the night of the concert by enrolling in the GRS Student Tickets program, sponsored by Comerica and Calvin College. This is a MySymphony360 eligible concert.

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