Holiday concert scheduled

Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 16:52 PM.

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.”

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