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Oct. 18, 2013
Holiday Pops Concert slated for HCC, Dec. 17
WELDON, N.C. – The North Carolina Symphony will perform a "Holiday Pops" concert at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the HCC Foundation Inc. The concert will feature holiday favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Fantasia on Greensleeves" plus the always popular audience sing-a-long. William Henry Curry will conduct the North Carolina Symphony during this performance.

Tickets to "Holiday Pops" in Weldon range from $10 to $35. For tickets or more information:
  • Visit The Centre’s Box Office on the campus of HCC between the hours of noon -6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday
  • Call The Centre’s Box Office at 252-538-4336
  • Visit www.etix.com
  • Call Etix at 800-514-3849
  • Visit www.ncsymphony.org
  • Call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services toll free at 877-627-6724
  • Senior, child and student tickets are available only through The Centre's Box Office.
Sponsors for the event include:
  • Citizens Community Bank
  • Halifax Community College Student Support Services and PBI Formula Grant
  • Halifax County Arts Council
  • Halifax County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Curry Concert
William Henry Curry North Carolina Symphony "Holiday Pops" Concert
About Maestro Curry
William Henry Curry enters his eighteenth season with the North Carolina Symphony in 2013/14. Maestro Curry serves as the artistic director for the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series and all North Carolina Symphony summer programs. He has also served as music director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra since 2009.

A native of Pittsburgh, Maestro Curry started conducting and composing music at age 14. His first major appointment was at age 21, when he was named assistant conductor of the Richmond Chamber Orchestra. He also served as resident conductor with the Baltimore Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Curry was appointed associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony in 1983, a post he held until 1988, the same year he was named winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall.

Maestro Curry has conducted over forty orchestras, including appearances with the Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, National, Detroit, Denver, American, Atlanta, Shreveport and San Diego Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Indianapolis, New Jersey, Bangkok and Taiwan and with the New York City Ballet in their famed Balanchine production of The Nutcracker.

Opera engagements include the Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and New York City Opera. In 2009/10, at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State, Maestro Curry spent two weeks in Taiwan presenting master classes in conducting and leading concerts of American music. His final performance was filmed and shown throughout the country on Taiwan’s Public Television Service. He has conducted the Charlotte Symphony and North Carolina Dance Theatre's production of The Nutcracker in multiple performances during the past two seasons.

Maestro Curry is also a composer, and his works have been played by many of America’s finest orchestras. The Indianapolis Symphony premiered his work Eulogy for a Dream. The late William Warfield of Porgy and Bess fame narrated the North Carolina premiere to an enthusiastic audience and critical acclaim in January 2002.

About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina's cultural life. Its 175 performances annually are greeted with enthusiasm throughout the state in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings.

Based in spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, the state's capital city, and an outdoor summer venue at Regency Park in nearby Cary, NC, the orchestra has also appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York and once each at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
Halifax Community College’s Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239