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Holiday Pops

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

December 7, 2012 Mainstage
$22.50 each for adults, $16 for Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger

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The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will ring in the holiday season in festive style Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a Holiday Pops Concert. The concert includes performances of light classics, pops selections and the ever-popular carol sing-a-longs. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the Belle Voci women's vocal ensemble will join the orchestra for this popular annual event held in the mainstage theater of Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.

NFSO tickets are available by phone or web for $22.50 each for adults or $16 for youth age 18 and younger. An Active Duty military discount is also available for $16 each. The Box Office is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales and re-opens at 6:00 p.m. the night of the concert for any available at-the-door tickets. Online ticket sales are available through the Mattie Kelly Arts center website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Current NWFSC students may request one free ticket per student ID to NFSO concerts in-person from the Box Office.

The December 7 concert continues the orchestra's full season highlight of the NFSO's 25th birthday and includes performances of works such as Deck the Halls, Let it Snow, Sleigh Ride, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Sanctus (Processional), Hodie Christus natus est, The First Noel, Christmas Suite, I Saw Three Ships, The Many Moods of Christmas, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Veni Veni, George Frederic Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and much more.

The NFSO is a fully professional orchestra that has operated under the auspices of the college for its entire 25 year history; since 1987. The talented, professional musicians who perform with the NFSO come from across the greater Florida Panhandle region. See the symphony website for additional concert information, video and audio selections of the orchestra in concert and program notes at www.nfsymphony.org.

Tickets are also available now for the remaining NFSO concerts of the season, including performances on February 22 and April 20. The winners of the NFSO's 2012 Concerto competition will marvel on February 22 as they are the featured as soloists with the orchestra. Also presented on the program will be Robert Kerr's "The Legendary Florida: Historic Portrait in Sound." This unique multi-media work celebrates 500 years of Florida's history with narrator, chorus, orchestra, soloists and projections.

For the season finale concert on April 22, the NFSO raises the roof with two of the finest composers of the 19th century, Brahms and Beethoven. Brahms' "Song of Destiny" describes the happiness of the gods alongside of the sufferings of mankind. Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" is an iconic expression of universal love and brotherhood and offers the opportunity to bring together multiple combined choruses of more than 100 voices from both the college and Niceville High School to sing Schiller's inspirational "Ode to Joy". NFSO music Director and Conductor Jeffrey Rink notes the presentation of the Beethoven piece will also highlight an outstanding solo quartet of guest soloists.

NFSO Conductor Jeffrey Rink holds the college's Mattie Kelly Distinguished Endowed Teaching Chair in Orchestral Music. The NFSO performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at college's main campus in Niceville, a state-of-the-art cultural venue that boasts a custom orchestra shell used for each NFSO concert to provide optimum acoustics for the symphony and guest vocalists.