Holiday Pops Concert December 11 -Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
The sounds of the holiday season will fill the air Friday, December 11 as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus present a joint “Holiday Pops!” concert, under the baton of NFSO Maestro Jeffrey Rink. The event will be held at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $16 for youth age 18 and younger and are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person, by phone at 729-6000, or online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The night of the concert, doors will open at 6:00 pm for at-the-door ticket sales. As a special tribute to those who serve in the U.S. military, the NFSO is pleased to offer a discounted ticket rate for active duty military of $16 per ticket to any NFSO concert for tickets purchased at-the-door by a military member showing ID. There is a four ticket limit per person for the military discount.
The “Holiday Pops!” concert will feature familiar and new holiday selections including Conrad Susa’s charming collection of Carols and Lullabies from the Southwest and Delvyn Case’s Rocket Sleigh. “Spirituals and holiday medleys along with the ever-popular carol sing-a-longs will be sure to get the audience into the spirit of the season,” said Rink. Among the composers featured are Francois-Joseph Gossec, Delvyn Case, Conrad Susa, Leroy Anderson, and Irving Berlin and will include holiday favorites such as Go Tell It On The Mountain, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Lois Van Dam, is a 70 member group comprised of talented vocalists from throughout the region who will join the orchestra for a variety of works including Susa’s Carols and Lullabies and a beautifully embellished medley of holiday carols. The concert also features the college’s Belle Voci women’s ensemble, a select 14-voice student women’s ensemble, also under the direction of Van Dam, performing along with the Symphony Chorus on Carols and Lullabies.
Rink noted that in addition to the Holiday Pops concert, tickets are available now for all 2010 NFSO concerts including the “Stars of Tomorrow” concert onFebruary 19 with the prestigious Concerto Competition winners, and “European Masters” on April 10 featuring works by Mozart and Schumann and a quartet of stellar vocal soloists.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is the region’s premiere professional symphony, now in its 23rd performance season. The orchestra performs in residence at the college’s Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center and a custom orchestra shell is utilized especially for NFSO concerts to provide an optimum acoustical experience. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and Highways 85 and 285 on the Niceville campus of NWF State College, at 100 College Boulevard. For additional information about the NFSO visit the symphony website at www.nfsymphony.org.
Prior to joining the NFSO in July 2007, Maestro Rink served concurrently as the Music Director of Chorus pro Musica in Boston, Massachusetts and the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestral Activities at the Longy School of Music, where he conducted the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He was previously conductor of the New England Philharmonic for eight years in which he won four ASCAP awards for adventuresome programming and commitment to new music.
Box office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and the box office opens on concert dates from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for at-the-door tickets, if available. At-the-door tickets are the same price as advance tickets.
PHOTO ATTACHMENTS: The NFSO and Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus in concert under the baton of Jeffrey Rink.