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The North Carolina Symphony is coming to town!  The Symphony will bring beloved holiday music to Jacksonville with Holiday Pops, a tradition that has become a favorite across the state.  Led by Symphony Associate Conductor David Glover, the concert takes place in the Northside High School Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

The state’s premier orchestra will present treasured celebrations of the season, beginning with Variations on “Joy to the World,” by Hershey Kay, followed by the Ukrainian Christmas Carol “Carol of the Bells.”  The program also includes orchestral holiday classics with Waltz of the Flowers and “Trepak” from the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, The Nutcracker, March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland, and Sleigh Ride. The North Carolina Symphony’s own Terry Mizesko’s Two Dances from A Chanukah Celebration will ring out, and the orchestra takes the audience on a wonderful journey with “A Christmas Festival.”   Audiences can sing familiar favorite songs along with the orchestra.  Song sheets will be provided.  Audience members are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Tickets to the Holiday Pops concert are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and military, and $8 tickets for students and college students 26 or younger with a valid college ID.  Tickets may be purchased at the Council for the Arts offices at 826 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or The Daily News offices at 724 Bell Fork Rd., Jacksonville, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  They may also be purchased by mail at the Council for the Arts, 826 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, N.C. 28541, by phone at the Council for the Arts at 910.455.9840, The Daily News at 910.353.1171, or the North Carolina Symphony Box office toll free at 877.627.6724, or online at

The sponsor for the Jacksonville Holiday Pops concert is Modern Exterminating Co.  Media Partners are The Daily News and Our State Magazine.


About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.


Program Listing

Holiday Pops
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Northside High School, Jacksonville, N.C.

North Carolina Symphony
David Glover, conductor

KAY – Variations on “Joy to the World”  

LEONTYVYCH – “Carol of the Bells” Ukrainian Christmas Carol  

MIZESKO – Two Dances from A Chanukah Celebration  

DELIUS – “Sleigh Ride”

ARR. / DRAGON – Oh Tannenbaum  

HERBERT – “March of the Toys” from Babes In Toyland  

TCHAIKOVSKY – “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker  

TCHAIKOVSKY – “Trepak” from The Nutcracker  

ANDERSON – “A Christmas Festival”

BIZET – “Farandole” from Suite No. 2 from L’Arlésienne

WENDEL – “Little Bolero Boy”

ARR. / HARRIS – “Silent Night”

ARR. / HARRIS – “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

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