N.C. Symphony to play Dec. 11 holiday concert at WCU

Greet the holidays with a concert from the North Carolina Symphony on Friday, Dec. 11, at Western Carolina University.

Greet the holidays with a concert from the North Carolina Symphony on Friday, Dec. 11, at Western Carolina University.

The North Carolina Symphony will get the season started with a concert of holiday pops at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

In this return performance, the symphony will play a holiday-themed program of classical and pop selections including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas” and a Christmas favorites sing-along among many others. Jeffrey Pollock will conduct, and soprano Rozlyn Sorrell will perform.

Prior to the show, symphony members will host an “instrument zoo” in the FAPAC lobby, where children ages 5 and older can learn about a mix of instruments including the clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin and viola. The zoo also will feature Cherokee instruments.

“These are among the finest musicians in North Carolina,” said Paul Lormand, FAPAC director. “This is an opportunity for people in our communities to experience symphonic music from these wonderful, professional musicians without having to drive a great distance.”
The holiday pops concert is the sixth installment of the Galaxy of Stars 2009-10 season.  Next up are “The Clown Princes,” scenes and music from classic silent films, performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, on Sunday, Jan. 31; and Tom Mullica’s tribute to Red Skelton, on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Symphony tickets cost $25 for the general public; $20 for WCU faculty and staff and people 60 years and older; and $5 for students ages 5 and older.

To purchase tickets, visit the FAPAC box office or call the box office at (828) 227-2479 for Visa and MasterCard orders. To purchase tickets online, go here.