The Holiday Pops Concert is set for Dec.
Holiday tunes will float through the air like
midwinter snowflakes as the North Carolina Symphony takes the stage
at UNC Asheville for its popular Holiday Pops concert. The
performance will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at UNC
Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The 2009 tour will stop in
Asheville for one night only.
Guest soprano Rozyln Sorrell and guest conductor Jeffrey Pollock
will join with world-class musicians for a performance of classical
and traditional holiday music. The show will feature pieces to
celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa as well as Christmas carols. A
highlight of the performance will be an audience sing-along of three
popular Yuletide songs.
Sorrell's six-octave range will be featured in several arrangements
during the performance, including "The Christmas Song." She has
performed and recorded with such noted artists as Barbara Streisand,
Whitney Houston and Al Jarreau. Prior to moving to North Carolina,
Sorrell was a principle cast member in the "Glory of Christmas" and
"Glory of Easter" at the famed Crystal Cathedral in California.
Pollock has served as associate conductor with the Fort Wayne
Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor with the North Carolina
Symphony and featured conductor with the American Symphony Orchestra
League. He has appeared as a guest conductor across the U.S. and in
the Ukraine, in addition to working with operas in Maryland,
Delaware and North Carolina.
At this performance of Holiday Pops, Progress Energy, a statewide
supporter of the North Carolina Symphony, will promote their Energy
Neighbor Fund. For 26 years, this fund has assisted needy
individuals and families with paying their home energy bills. One
dollar from every ticket sold will go toward helping local families
stay warm this winter.
Additional sponsors include Capital Bank, Campus Crest Communities
at Asheville LLC and Our State magazine.
Tickets are on sale now and seating is very limited. General
admission tickets to the concert are $25 or $10 for children ages 12
and younger. To reserve tickets by phone, call UNC Asheville's
Highsmith University Union Box Office at 828/232-5000. To purchase
tickets online, visit
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