Interactive: North Carolina Symphony Blog
Senior Director of Statewide Development Rob Maddrey is out on the road this week with the North Carolina Symphony as it performs Holiday Pops concerts. Rob recently spoke with a journalist from Lincolnton who posed some great questions about tonight’s concert there. That interview got us thinking that our blog readers might like to know a little bit more about the concerts and what they will hear when they attend these beloved community events.
In addition to the Lincolnton show tonight, remaining Holiday Pops concerts are Dec. 7 in Wilkesboro, Dec. 11 in Wilmington, Dec. 12 in Tarboro, and Dec. 13 in New Bern. There will also be a Holiday Pops concert with the famed band Pink Martini on Dec. 21-22 in Raleigh. Click here for the Holiday Concert calendar.
Describe the event to someone who hasn't been before.
A live orchestra concert is unlike any other concert experience anywhere. You’ll see sixty-five professional musicians on the stage. You’ll hear an incredibly full sound that can’t be replicated by even the best stereo system. You’ll feel the personal joy of listening to familiar and new holiday works. And you’ll share the occasion with friends and neighbors in the audience.
Why should people attend?
What better way to get into the spirit of the season than by listening to a full orchestra perform live holiday music? It’s truly a magical experience.
What can patrons expect?
The audiences will hear favorite carols like “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “The First Noel,” and familiar orchestral holiday pieces including selections from The Nutcracker and March of the Toys.
What are some highlights at the Holiday Pops concert in Lincolnton?
You don’t want to miss hearing nearly fifty children from North Brook Elementary and Rock Springs Elementary schools lead the audience in the sing-along. I promise they’ll make you smile and remember what Christmas is all about.
What is your involvement with Holiday Pops?
I am privileged to work with a team of terrific local volunteers, our Lincoln County Chapter, who began work in September to sell tickets and raise funds to make this concert, and our education concert, a reality. Our success is due largely to the enthusiasm of their fine work and involvement.