The date of a holiday concert that marks the beginning of the Christmas season has changed, and organizers think that it will mean more are able to see the show.
The North Carolina Symphony has been performing in Onslow County for more than 25 years; and for the last 10 years, the symphony has performed the Holiday Pops concert, according to Earl Taylor, the treasurer of the Onslow Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony.
“That is a crowd pleaser here in Onslow County; and for the past five years, the holiday pops concert has been held on a Sunday after Thanksgiving which is really, in our area, not a good time,” he said explaining that the local chapter has worked to request a different date that didn’t fall on a holiday weekend. “This year they have obliged us.”
Another change is moving the concert to the evening. This year, the concert is scheduled for Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Northside High School.
Taylor said that the performance is one that area citizens look forward to, like they do the Riverwalk concert each June.
“Most folks don’t get the opportunity to hear a professional orchestra. They either have to drive to Raleigh or Charlotte or the larger areas,” he said. “We have one of the best orchestras in the country that takes the show on the road, and they are going to be in our neighborhood; and hearing holiday music performed by a professional orchestra just really gets you in the holiday spirit. It’s a tradition here in Onslow County.”
One of the concert highlights, he said, was the sing-a-long.
“How often do you get to sing and be accompanied by the professional orchestra?” Taylor asked.
Connie Wenner, executive director of the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, said that ticket sales are going well.
“I think having (the concert) night is going to be good. Having it in December again is going to be good,” she said.
The performance is also an opportunity for area residents to give back. The Daily News will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at the door for Christmas Cheer, according to Elliott Potter, publisher of The Daily News.
Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and military, and $7 for students. They can be purchased at The Daily News, located at 724 Bell Fork Road, or the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, located at 826 New Bridge St.
Want to go?
The North Carolina Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will be held Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Northside High School. This year’s concert will include:
- Dance of the Tumblers
- God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Overture to a Merry Christmas
- Christmas favorites sing-a-long featuring Silver Bells