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Dec. 3, 2013
North Carolina Symphony Brings Holiday Pops to Halifax Community College on December 17
WELDON, N.C. – The North Carolina Symphony is coming to town! The Symphony will bring beloved holiday music to Weldon with Holiday Pops, a tradition that has become a favorite across the state. Led by Symphony Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, the concert takes place at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) in Weldon on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The state's premier orchestra will present treasured celebrations of the season, beginning with "Christmas Overture" by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, followed by a beautiful arrangement of a holiday classic titled "Fantasia on Greensleeves."

The program also features orchestral holiday classics with a piece from the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, The Nutcracker, as well as Dance of the Tumblers from Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden. The North Carolina Symphony's own Terry Mizesko's composition "Maoz Tsur" from A Chanukah Celebration will ring out, and the full orchestra takes the audience on a wonderful ride with "Christmas Fantasy for Orchestra."

"The North Carolina Symphony celebrates the holidays so perfectly," said Joanne Jolly, HCC special events coordinator at The Centre. "Our community is very fortunate to have this incredible orchestra pay a visit to help get us into the spirit of the season."

Audiences can sing familiar favorite songs along with the orchestra, including "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Silver Bells," and "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." There's no need to remember all the words - song sheets will be provided!

Tickets to the Holiday Pops concert at The Centre at Halifax Community College range from $10-25. 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 Weldon Holiday Pops concert include the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Halifax County Arts Council, Citizens Community Bank, HCC Student Support Services, U.S. Department of Education Predominantly Black Institutions Formula Grant, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and the HCC Board of Trustees. The North Carolina Symphony's statewide Holiday Pops tour is supported by Our State Magazine. Statewide concert support and partnership is provided by Duke Energy.

"We are so excited to bring the North Carolina Symphony to the HCC campus. Our sponsors have been wonderful in supporting this event. We hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the sounds of the season," added Dr. Dianne Rhoades, HCC vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc.

About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Based in downtown Raleigh's spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Dec. 17 Concert/Event Listings:
North Carolina Symphony "Holiday Pops" William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Center at Halifax Community College, Weldon, N.C.

Dec. 17 Program
North Carolina Symphony "Holiday Pops" William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Christmas Overture Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Fantasia on Greensleeves Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Arr. Ralph Greeves

Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Arr. Arthur Harris

Maoz Tsur from A Chanukah Celebration Terry Mizesko (b. 1946)

Mother Ginger and the Clowns from The Nutcracker Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

That Special Time of Year Arr.Calvin Custer

Overture to a Merry Christmas Robert Wendel (b. 1951)

Les Patineurs, Op. 183 [Skaters Waltz] Emil Waldteufel (1837-1915)

Christmas Fantasy for Orchestra Dan Goeller

Christmas Favorites Singalong Arr./ Bruce Chase
It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
Silver Bells
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Fantasy on Christmas Carols from The Holly and the Ivy Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

North Carolina Symphony
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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