Christmas Pops returning for 11th year


By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 10:37 am on Monday, November 07, 2011

GREENVILLE — The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will present a night of Christmas Pops in Greenville this holiday season.
The 11th annual performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Hillcrest St.
Tickets will go on sale Monday at Hansen’s Music House, 116 S. Lafayette St., and are priced at $15 for reserved tickets and $30 for premier tickets. Hansen’s will not accept credit cards for this concert’s ticket sales.
The concert is a fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG).
“We’re always pleased to have the Grand Rapids Symphony in Greenville during the holiday season. It is a wonderful family event that everyone enjoys,” said Norice Thorlund-Rasmussen of the EFG. “Every year I go I am amazed at the talent that the symphony brings to Greenville.”
The program for this year’s concert has not been set, but Thorlund-Rasmussen expects it will be similar to years past and include a number of holiday favorites.
“Everyone loves it, whether you’re a young child or a not-so-young child,” Thorlund-Rasmussen said. “Everyone enjoys the music by the Grand Rapids Symphony and the sing-along. We look forward to John Varineau and the symphony coming in and performing. It always gets us in the holiday spirit.”
The Grand Rapids Symphony assists education foundations like Greenville’s, school districts and worthy causes such as teachers, students, grants and scholarships in obtaining help that they might not otherwise receive.
Thorlund-Rasmussen said the EFG awarded 54 student summer camp scholarships last year, totaling $5,000. The foundation also have $10,000 each for teacher grants and wellness grants.
The foundation also have about $12,000 for college scholarships from an endowment fund.
EFG is underwriting the administrative and advertising costs associated with the Our 3 capital campaign to benefit the performing arts in Greenville. The campaign has raised about $540,000 in commitments from pledges and donations.
“We are very proud that our community has stepped up and contributed,” Thorlund-Rasmussen said.
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Grand Rapids Symphony is led by Music Director David Lockington and Associate Conductor John Varineau and presents more than 400 performances each year.

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