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NFSO Holiday Pops Concert December 9

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


12/1/2011 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), along with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and Belle Voci, will ring in the holiday season Friday, December 9 when they present "Holiday Pops!" – a joint concert under the baton of NFSO Maestro Jeffrey Rink. The event will be held at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $16 for youth age 18 or younger. As a special tribute to those who serve in the U.S. military, a discounted ticket rate is available for active duty military of $16 per ticket to any NFSO concert for tickets purchased in-person from the Box Office by a military member showing ID. Tickets are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office in-person, by phone at 729-6000, or online at Box office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for at-the-door tickets, if available. At-the-door tickets are the same price as advance tickets.

The "Holiday Pops!" program will feature traditional favorites while also introducing the audience to new festive selections. Among the featured compositions are Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, Franci Poulenc's Hodie Christus Natus Est, Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, and selections from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. "The program is truly a celebration of the holiday season," noted Rink. "A mix of traditional spirituals, instrumental holiday fare, and popular sing-along carols, the concert has music that will appeal to all members of the audience."

The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, a new vocal ensemble under the direction of NWFSC music professor Lois Van Dam will join the orchestra to perform Anton Bruckner's Ave Maria, David Willcocks' arrangement of I Saw Three Ships – a traditional English carol – and Andre Thomas' arrangement of the spiritual Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow. The concert also features the college's Belle Voci women's ensemble, a select 12-voice student women's ensemble, also under the direction of Van Dam, performing Johann Schein's Jetzt ist die rechte Fredenzeit (This is the time of joy divine) and Daniel Forrest's arrangement of The First Noel.

Rink noted that in addition to the Holiday Pops concert, tickets are available now for all 2012 NFSO concerts including the "Stars of Tomorrow" concert on February 17 which features winners of the prestigious Concerto Competition, and "Haydn Goes Hawaiian!" on April 28 featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel and Haydn.

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is the region's premiere professional symphony since 1987. The orchestra performs in residence at the college's Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center and a custom orchestra shell is utilized especially for NFSO concerts to provide an optimum acoustical experience. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and Highways 85 and 285 on the Niceville campus of NWF State College, at 100 College Boulevard. For additional information about the NFSO visit the symphony website at

Prior to joining the NFSO in July 2007, Maestro Rink served concurrently as the Music Director of Chorus pro Musica in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestral Activities at the Longy School of Music, where he conducted the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He was previously conductor of the New England Philharmonic for eight years in which he won four ASCAP awards for adventuresome programming and commitment to new music.