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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' comes to the GR Pops stage, March 8-10

GR Pops presents the full-length film "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" with live music by the Grand Rapids Symphony, March 8-10
Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush star in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'

Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush star in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' /Disney Concerts and WDSMP Non-Theatrical © Disney

Underwriting support from:

Coming next to the Grand Rapids Symphony stage

Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich

  • With pianist George Li
  • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16

Tickets start at $18 adults, $5 children for all concerts in the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical series as well as for the Symphony with Soul special event.

2019 Grand Rapids Bach Festival

  • A week’s worth of music throughout churches across Grand Rapids featuring guest soloists, the famous Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street from New York City, and more all led by Grand Rapids Bach Festival Artistic Director Julian Wachner, March 17-March 24.
  • The festival also will see the presentation of the inaugural $10,000 Linn Maxwell Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award including semi-finals and final round of performances in Grand Rapids.

Go online for a full schedule.

Call (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 or go online to GRSymphony.org for more.

Grand Rapids Symphony will play the entire musical score live to the first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Grand Rapids Symphony will play the entire musical score live to the first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. /Terry Johnston | Grand Rapids Symphony

GR Pops gives three performances of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' March 8-10.

GR Pops gives three performances of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' March 8-10. /Disney Concerts and WDSMP Non-Theatrical © Disney

Famed film composer Hans Zimmer thought The Lion King and Gladiator were great projects, which is why he signed up to compose the music for those films.

When director Gore Verbinski invited the film composer of Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy to do the music for Pirates of the Caribbean, Zimmer demurred.

“This is the worst idea I’ve ever heard,” Zimmer told Vanity Fair in a 2018 interview.

But Verbinski convinced him to have a look at the rough edit.

“He showed me a movie that I couldn’t possibly have imagined,” Zimmer said. “And I loved how wrong I was and how right he was.”

Zimmer promptly came aboard to write for the 2003 film starring Johnny Depp as the now iconic Captain Jack Sparrow.

Actually Zimmer didn’t compose the entire score; he worked alongside Klaus Badelt who actually wrote most of the music. Nonetheless, the result is movie magic.

Is Captain Jack Sparrow the worst pirate ever or the best pirate ever? Decide for yourself.

Grand Rapids Pops presents Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the full-length film plus live music in three performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, and at 3 p.m., Sunday March 10, in DeVos Performance Hall.

Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in the concert that’s part of the Fox Motors Pops series. Tickets start at $18 adults, $5 students. Call (616) 454-9451 or go online to GRSymphony.org

The comical adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan and Captain Barbossa come to the silver screen in the 2003 film that also stars Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly and Geoffrey Rush and launched the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Klaus Badelt, who won the 2004 ASCAP Award for his epic swashbuckling score, composed the music for the film that will be performed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony. The German film composer also wrote the music for such movies as The Time Machine in 2002 and Constantine in 2005.

In The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the crystalline waters of the Caribbean present a vast playground where adventures and mystery abound for the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow. But Jack’s idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and then attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann.

Elizabeth’s childhood friend, Will Turner, joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the H.M.S. Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their ragtag crew are pursued by Elizabeth’s betrothed, the ambitious Commodore Norrington. aboard the H.M.S. Dauntless.

Unbeknownst to Will, a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead, the moonlight eerily transforming them into living skeletons. The curse they carry can be broken only if the plundered treasure is restored in total and a blood debt repaid.

Against all odds, the Interceptor and Dauntless race toward a thrilling confrontation with Barbossa’s pirates on the mysterious Isla de Muerta. At stake is Jack Sparrow’s revenge, the Black Pearl, a fortune in forbidden treasure, the lifting of the pirates’ curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as skeletons, the fate of the British navy, and the lives of our valiant heroes as they clash swords in fierce combat against the dreaded Pirates of the Caribbean.

John Varineau, who is in his 34th season with the Grand Rapids Symphony, regularly conducts concerts on each of the orchestra’s series. But Varineau also is the GR Pops’ go-to conductor for programs involving film and live music. This past season, Varineau has led the Grand Rapids Symphony in performances of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Next season, Varineau will be on the podium for the GR Pops’ Popcorn Package of films including Ghostbusters in October, an encore performance of Home Alone in November, and Up in March 2020.

Also coming to DeVos Performance Hall in 2019-20 will be the fifth and sixth movies in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, beginning with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in October, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in February 2020.

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