Pianist Marcus Roberts and Trio to Perform in 2016 “Symphony with Soul”


Pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Roberts is perhaps best known for the development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. Along the way, he’s become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University.

Now, on February 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., Roberts and his trio will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for its 15th annual “Symphony with Soul” concert. As part of this annual tradition, the concert will be preceded by Celebration of Soul, a special event celebrating diversity and inclusion initiatives in West Michigan.

Tickets start at $18 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa 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 by phone in the evening and on Saturday by calling 616.885.1241. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box Office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800.982.2787, online at GRSymphony.org or in person at Ticketmaster outlets.



Tyler Perry coming to DeVos Performance Hall, starring in ‘Madea on the Run’

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By John Serba | jserba@mlive.com

Tyler Perry will star in the touring production of “Madea on the Run,” which will stop at DeVos Performance Hall for two shows.

The play will take place at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 10, 2016. Tickets are $47.50, $57.50 and $67.50, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 via Ticketmaster and the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices. A presale will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 through the Ticketmaster website.

Perry will play his iconic character Madea, a brash grandmother type, who’s on the run from the law. She moves in with her friend Bam, played by Cassi Davis, who believes Madea is visiting to help in her recovery from hip replacement surgery.

“Madea on the Run” is Perry’s tenth stage comedy featuring the Madea character. He has also played Madea in eight live-action films and one animated feature.

Perry launched the touring production of “Madea on the Run” in 2015.

John Serba is film critic and entertainment reporter for MLive and The Grand Rapids Press. Email him at jserba@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter orFacebook.