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The North Carolina Symphony is coming to town! The Symphony will bring beloved holiday music back to Wilmington with Holiday Pops, a tradition that has become a favorite across the state. Led by Symphony Associate Conductor David Glover, the Symphony will perform two concerts in the Humanities and Fine Arts Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets for the evening performance remain, with greater ticket availability at the matinee performance.

The state’s premier orchestra will present treasured celebrations of the season, beginning with “Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly,” A Merrie Fugue by Hershey Kay, followed by a medley of well-known carols, including Good King Wenceslas, Silent Night, Joy to the World, and What Child is This. The program also includes orchestral holiday classics with “Dance of the Tumblers” from Snow Maiden and Polonaise from Christmas Eve by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Waldteufel’s Les Painteur, and “Go Tell It On the Mountain, performed by the orchestra and the Williston Alumni Community Choir. The orchestra will then take the audience on a wonderful journey with selections from “The Polar Express,” and will warm their hearts with selections from “Frozen.” Audiences can sing familiar favorite songs along with the orchestra. Song sheets will be provided.

Tickets to Wilmington’s Holiday Pops concerts range from $25 to $67. Student tickets are $10. Concert tickets at all performances are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time. To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724, visit the Humanities and Fine Arts Center Box Office 2-6 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., or on the day of the show, or call the Humanities and Fine Arts Center Box Office at 910-362-7999.

The Humanities and Fine Arts Center is located on the campus of Cape Fear Community College, 701 North Third St., in downtown Wilmington.

Media sponsor for the North Carolina Symphony’s statewide Holiday Pops tour is 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 Natural and 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

Saturday, December 12
3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Humanities and Fine Arts Center
Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC

North Carolina Symphony
David Glover, conductor

KAY: Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly, A Merrie Fugue

ARR. HARRIS: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

ARR. HARRIS: Christmas: A Medley of Well-Known Carols
  Good King Wenceslas
  Silent Night
  Joy To the World
  The First Noel
  What Child Is This
  We Wish You a Merry Christmas

WALDTEUFEL:  Les Patineurs, Op. 183 [The Skaters]

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV:  “Dance of the Tumblers” from Snow Maiden

TRAD / BUTLER:  Go Tell It On the Mountain
    Williston Alumni Community Choir

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV:  Polonaise from Christmas Eve

SILVESTRI / BRUBAKER: Concert Suite from The Polar Express
  The Polar Express
  When Christmas Comes to Town
  Spirit of the Season

  1.  Frozen Heart
  2.  Do You Want To Build a Snowman
  3.  In Summer
  4.  Let It Go
  5.  For the First Time in Forever

BERLIN / BENNETT:  “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”

KENT / GOLD:  I’ll Be Home For Christmas

PIERPONT / SOUSA / SMITH:  Jingle Bells Forever

ARR. NORRIS: Christmas “Pops” Sing-A-Long

ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride