MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City!

F41CE837-A8EA-4247-B81D-37AD7CCD3F47Join internationally acclaimed vocalist Greta Pope for a fabulously exciting look back at the legendary 1960s MOTOWN Era. This show features the male vocal group The Spaniels Forever and promises to have you dancing in your seat! Hear the music of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson, Ike and Tina Turner, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Dusty Springfield, Elvis, Curtis Mayfield, The Spaniels and so many others.

MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City! is touring theaters accross the United States. For information and booking, contact info@gretapope.com or call 773-965-4200.

 

 

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A Very Special Evening

Lauren Robinson

Lauren as Ti Moune

Last evening I returned to Morgan Park Academy, where my son attended school. Morgan Park Academy is a private independent day school in Chicago, where Edward was a student for his middle and high school years. During Edward’s time there, I was very involved in the Mother’s Club and many other activities at the school. I chaired the major annual fundraiser twice and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for a number of years. I was a fixture at the school, in the hope of getting an occasional glimpse of my child during the school day.

As I pulled into the parking lot last night, a flood of wonderful memories overtook me. My mind went back to Edward’s first day at the school; the many baseball games and golf tournaments that he participated in; the Middle School Dance; the High School Prom; the time spent at boarding school in England and the elegant outdoor graduation ceremony on the beautiful Morgan Park Academy campus. As part of the graduation ceremony, Edward was asked to perform one of his original compositions. He stepped up to the microphone, played his guitar and sang Goodbye For Now, a beautiful song expressing how he valued the friendships that he had made at Morgan Park Academy and how much he would miss his classmates. There was not a dry eye in the house. Edward’s Grammy Kay was with us for that very special occasion. It was a glorious day. We were all so proud and spent the day celebrating. Grammy Kay passed away in 2012.

I was delighted to have an opportunity to go back to Morgan Park Academy last night to see one of my very talented voice students, Lauren, play the lead role in Once On This Island. She played the role of Ti Moune and was absolutely fantastic! She looked beautiful and performed like a pro. I was so proud of her. Congrats Lauren on a job very well done!

The entire evening was such a treat, blending the past and the present. Thanks Lauren for giving me a reason to once again experience the magic that is Morgan Park Academy. It has been a huge part of our lives and will always have a special place in our hearts.

Long live the Maroon and Ivory!!!

                                                       

 

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MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City!

Motown

MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City!

Join internationally-acclaimed vocalist Greta Pope for a fabulously exciting look back at the legendary 1960’s Motown Era. This show features the male vocal group The Spaniels Forever and promises to have you dancing in your seat. Hear the music of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Ike and Tina Turner, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Curtis Mayfield and so many others.

 

MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City!

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist

Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc.

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The New Year

2017 has been a fantastic year!

I have had many wonderful touring opportunities with my solo concerts. I’ve performed concerts in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. I also had another wonderful opportunity that stands out in my mind. I traveled to Washington D.C. to solo at The Kennedy Center with choral group Le Cantanti di Chicago for the 2017 Serenade! Choral Festival. This Festival celebrated John F. Kennedy’s 100th Birthday and was quite a cultural experience. There were choral groups from Latvia, Botswana, China, France and Canada, to mention a few Countries. While at the Festival, we got to know members of these superb choral groups from around the world as we learned about their music and cultures. In addition to the fantastic opportunity to solo at The Kennedy Center, I sang an improvised solo with the Mongolian Throat Singers. This was a spectacular cultural exchange!

I am now in my fifth year as an adjunct teaching artist in the Music Conservatory at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). I absolutely love it and am so grateful for this opportunity to interact with exceptional students. I teach Keyboard Skills, Vocal Technique/Repertoire, Music Theory, along with Professional Development for Vocalists and Instrumentalists. I also teach Private Voice Lessons. This broad range of classes gives me a chance to get to know many students in the ChiArts Music Conservatory.

I have the daily pleasure of working with these exceptionally talented students, many of whom have won vocal/instrumental accolades. I am so proud of them. Lauryn has sung background for famed R&B artist Fantasia. Maya did a beautiful job performing excerpts from the role of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Elisha, Joshlyn and Jillian were featured in performances and interviews on WVON Radio. Chrisjovan has been named principal tuba chair for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season. Sean is becoming quite the pop singer/songwriter and Ravyn is an Atlantic Records artist, touring America.

Students from my Professional Development classes (instrumental and vocal) did three outstanding performances for The Art Institute of Chicago Holiday Tea and Treasure Hunt. What a thrill that was! The assignment challenged students to select repertoire for the performances, create arrangements for their solos, duets and group numbers, work together collaboratively and present a professional concert. The students all did an outstanding job and the audiences absolutely loved their performances.

It is so fulfilling to see students pursuing their dreams and finding success.

In addition to a thriving professional career, I am grateful for many things in my personal life. I enjoy the love and companionship of my dear husband, Ed. We have a wonderful son Edward, who completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 (Business major with a minor in Political Science). He completed his M.B.A. in 2014 and is currently in his last semester of Law School. We are so proud of Edward’s accomplishments. We are also very proud and delighted with a 2017 event in Edward’s personal life. Edward and Blythe are now the parents of Edward Christopher Wimp a.k.a. “E5.” This darling little guy is the fifth generation Edward Wimp in our family. Ed and I are very proud grandparents. Such a blessing!

As we embark upon 2018, I look forward to the many exciting experiences that this New Year has in store. I wish you and your family a fantastic year filled with great health, boundless happiness and love overflowing.

E Newborn upside-down

 

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Ravyn Lenae. Check her out!

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Ravyn Lenae

So proud of my voice student Ravyn Lenae. She’s beautiful, talented and she taking the world by storm!!! Love you Ravyn! ❤️

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Art Institute of Chicago

On Sunday I took instrumentalists and vocalists from my ChiArts Professional Development classes to the Art Institute of Chicago to perform for the Art Institute Annual Holiday Tea. The students delighted approximately 500 guests with holiday favorites. The performances were brilliant. The audiences were enthralled! It was a fantastic day.

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