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Grand Rapids Symphony, singer/dancer James Delisco, performs 40 years of Michael Jackson megahits, August 4-5

July 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Singer/dancer James Delisco, winner of E! Network’s reality series “The Entertainer,” will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for a concert featuring 40 years of megahits from Michael Jackson’s legendary career. “The Music of Michael Jackson” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 4-5 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. This special event is the final concert of this summer’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops Series. The audience will be taken on a musical journey through each era of the King of Pop’s storied career. Delisco recreates Jackson’s greatest hits through his multifaceted pop, rock and soul style, along with impressive dance moves. Delisco’s talent has been described as a cross between Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, and Usher, and he has received rave reviews for his renditions of Jackson’s songs including “ABC,” “Beat It,” “Thriller” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” The show is designed to keep the foundation of the music close to the Jackson originals, while adding colors to enhance, according to Arranger/Guest Conductor Brent Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette of sounds to call upon,” said Havens. “The band is reproducing what Michael did as closely as possible, and the orchestra gives the music richness and a whole new feel.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and parking is free on the Cannonsburg grounds. Patrons are invited to arrive early to enjoy picnics and pre-concert activities. The family fun area, open from 5:30 to 7 p.m., features free children’s activities including an instrument petting zoo, face painting and crafts. Dance floors will be available for audience participation. Pre-concert entertainment will be Kathy LaMar and Bob Van Stee. Advance lawn tickets are $22, less for students/seniors ($20), and children ages 2-15 ($8). Ticket prices increase $2 the day of show. Children under 2 are free on the lawn. Reserved seating is also available through the Symphony box office at (616) 454-9451, ext. 4. Lawn tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Tickets are also available at the Cannonsburg box office beginning at 5:30 p.m. each concert evening. For $40, patrons can purchase an entire evening of fun, with a dinner/concert/post-concert party package. A picnic-style BBQ […]

Rockford leads parade of athletes for State Games

June 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

Archers, crew, rugby represent district by BETH ALTENA Students from Rockford were well represented at this year’s Meijer State Games and during opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark, a blaze of Ram orange filled the stands. Archers from the Rockford Sportsman’s Club led the parade of athletes Friday, June 24 and teams from Rockford included rowing and rugby athletes. Olympic archer Glenn Meyers shot a blazing arrow across the ball field to ignite the cauldron after the special tip of his arrow was set alight from the torch. The second annual Olympic-style games for the first time included archery competition, which took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rockford High School. Begun last year in Michigan as a way to stimulate economic growth, this year’s event is estimated to have brought more than a million dollars in spending. According to Hank Meijer, CEO for the company that is the major sponsor for the state games, Michigan’s is the fastest-growing state games in the nation, with 24 different games and venues across the state. The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) is responsible for the annual event, which had over 5,000 athletes of all ages competing in events from wrestling to pickleball. Competition is completed by 2 p.m. at each venue so visitors have the opportunity to visit the town or city which is the host. In addition to Rockford High School, Cannonsburg Ski Area and The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar held events—mountain biking and sand volleyball, respectively. “This is an opportunity for athletes, young and not so young, to set goals,” said Meijer. “I wish all athletes a great weekend of accomplishment, competition and fun.” Wayman Britt, WMSC vice chair, introduced a cast of speakers including Michigan’s Luietenant Governor Brian Calley and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio. “The state games are a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission,” Britt said. He said the games encourage economic development and quality of life. The archery tournaments were organized by Rockford’s Jeff DeRegnaucourt and will be held in Rockford each year. DeRegnaucourt said all visitors, both athletes and fans, were provided a packet of coupons and information from Rockford merchants. The home of the state’s only Junior Olympic Archery […]

Boys ski to first-place finish at Cannonsburg

February 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

  Each team sends six racers down the hill, with racers taking two runs each of slalom and giant slalom (GS). Their combined run times determine their overall individual score in each event. The team score is determined by the placement points of the top four finishers. When a team is able to place all of their top four finishers in the top 15, their chances at earning first place as a team are high. Rockford has several talented racers this year, with at least 10 racers capable of consistently finishing in the top 20. This was demonstrated at Tuesday’s race at Cannonsburg with Rockford boys taking first place with 62 points. East Grand Rapids took second with 79 points, followed by Forest Hills Central (127), Forest Hills Northern (135), and Grand Haven (147). Once again, the boys’ team leader was Michael Dix with a first-place finish in slalom (59.68) and a fifth-place finish in GS (51.89). Rounding out the scoring in a very challenging slalom event, Taylor Noakes finished fourth (1:02.73), and John Milewski sixth (1:04.03). Travis Fleming posted an excellent 12th-place finish on his first run, but fell on the second, resulting in being disqualified. Ben Avink was in 13th place on his first run, but hit a gate and had to hike, resulting in 28th place (1:17.53). The team score became dependent upon a strong finish of the last racer, Casey Hefferan. After finishing in 15th place on his first run, Hefferan came through and finished eighth on his second run for an overall placement of ninth (1:06.06). In the GS event, Avink placed 10th (52.61), Noakes 12th (52.76), and Fleming 15th (53.29). Tyler Manikowski also finished strong in 18th place (53.53) and Milewski finished 27th (55.36). Rockford girls finished in fourth place overall with 137 total points. Grand Haven finished first with 82 points, followed by Forest Hills Central (121.3) and Forest Hills Northern (124). Rockford girls were led this week by Julie Daukss and Carly Funk. Daukss had a first-place finish in slalom (1:10.34) and took fourth place in GS (54.20). Trading rankings with Daukss, Funk placed second in slalom (1:12.79) and third in GS (53.99). Rounding out the scoring for the girls was Kaiti Bartholomy with 25th place in […]