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Giving Santa a Run for his Money!

Each year, during the North Carolina Symphony’s annual Winter Pops tour, tireless musicians travel the state, providing an irresistible mix of holiday classics, sing-alongs and fun for the entire family.  The schedule this year included High Point, Statesville, Lincolnton, Wilkesboro, Wilmington, Tarboro, and New Bern.  That’s seven concerts in 10 days, with an opening Pops concert last month in Goldsboro!  Add in sixteen Ensembles in the Schools concerts for elementary students across five western counties over a three day period, and you can see why the Symphony gives Santa a run for his money when it comes to working at the holidays.

One recent Holiday Pops concertgoer expressed his happiness at being able to share the experience with his children… “You gave me the biggest Christmas present I could possibly ask for.  You see, this was their first live symphony concert.  With the first chord with the deep bass, the shrill of the trumpets, and the swoosh of the harp, both Maya and Leigh's faces lit up with excitement.” Click here to listen to a feature from Public Radio East about the Holiday Pops experience.

This Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, the holiday spirit continues with Pink Martini, and special guests the Von Trapps, NPR’s Ari Shapiro, and famed clarinetist Norman Leyden, at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.  Then, on New Year’s Eve, the orchestra will present “Vienna With A Twist,” a program that features everything from Strauss waltzes to music of the Big Band era, led by conductor and jazzman Jeff Tyzik, with guest artist, drummer Dave Mancini.  Ring out the old, and swing in the new!

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