The 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ is an impressive icon of Grand Rapids and an artifact preserved in the GRPM’s Collections used to entertain and educate all ages through the annual concert series and year-long programming.
Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ Concert Series
Holiday Classics with Organist David Wickerham
Join the GRPM on December 15th and 16th as we wrap up the 2023 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ Concert Series. Revel in the festive spirit with Holiday Classics played by the renowned organist from Crystal Falls, MI, David Wickerham. Celebrate the season with timeless tunes like Jingle Bells, Silent Night, The First Noel, and more on the Museum’s historic 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Enhance your festive experience as you explore the Museum adorned with our annual holiday displays, including the Santas from Around the World display! Deck the halls with us at the GRPM this winter season!
Date: December 15 at 7 p.m. & December 16 at 2 p.m.
Cost: $20 for general admission, $16 for Museum members
Meet the Organist
Dave Wickerham, hailing from Encino, California, began his organ journey at age four. He soon made waves at Arizona's Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants and later at venues like Illinois's Pipes and Pizza and Las Vegas's "Roxy's Pipe Organ Pizzeria." Internationally, he's impressed audiences in Australia and New Zealand.
History of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ.
The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organs were the most famous musical instrument built by Wurlitzer. On February 9, 1928, out of North Tonawanda, New York, the Wurlitzer Company manufactured and shipped the Opus #1836, a “3 manual special,” to the Stanley Theater of Jersey City, New Jersey. This Mighty Wurlitzer Organ spent two decades entertaining customers at the Roaring 20’s Pizza Parlor on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, before it was moved to its current location at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Hear Melodies on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ!
Volunteer organists demonstrate the Wurlitzer most Thursday afternoons. Times may vary. We recommend inquiring ahead of your visit to ensure our organist is scheduled the day you intend to visit. During these times the doors of the Meijer Theater are open for visitors to stop, sit, and enjoy! These demonstrations are included with general admission.