Annual Grand Rapids Symphony Pops Concert slated for Dec. 12

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:29 pm on Friday, November 09, 2012

The 13th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will return to Greenville on Dec. 12, presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville. — File photo

GREENVILLE — The 13th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert is being presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville on Dec. 12.

“Bringing the Grand Rapids Symphony to Greenville is so important to the Education Foundation for a couple of reasons,” said the Education Foundation of Greenville Co-Chairman Steve Day. “One, it brings us some name recognition each year and is a wonderful marketing tool for our foundation, and two, it helps to fund many of our teacher grants and student scholarships each and every year.”

Tickets for the concert go on sale Monday at The Daily News office, located at 109 N. Lafayette St., in Greenville. Only cash and check will be accepted.

General seating tickets will be $15, while preferred seating will be $25. Handicap accessible seating is available.

Money raised will go to the Education Foundation of Greenville.

“Many students are able to go to camps and/or workshops because of this event,” Day said. “It’s important for the community because we believe there are many people in Greenville and the surrounding communities that may not be able to go to Grand Rapids to hear them for one reason or another.”

The holiday concert helps kick off the holiday season, allowing people to forget about the “hustle and bustle” the holidays bring, according to Day.

“(People) can simply enjoy Christmas music at its finest performed by an amazing ensemble of musicians and a conductor, John Varineau, that brings it all together while making it fun for all to enjoy,” Day said.

The concert is being sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions and The Daily News.

Julie Stafford, vice president of Stafford Media Solutions and publisher of The Daily News, agreed that the concert helps kick off the holidays.

“The annual Christmas Pops concert not only is a great way to kick off the holidays, but it’s also a way we can give local folks an opportunity to take part in an amazing cultural event close to home,” Stafford said. “Stafford Media Solutions is proud to partner with the Education Foundation of Greenville and the Grand Rapids Symphony again this year.”

Day strongly encourages people to come out to the event, which, he said, will put a smile on people’s faces.

“The Stafford family has made this possible through their generous donation each and every year and we are very grateful to them,” Day said . “It’s so enjoyable to watch people as they leave the concert that evening as you can see how much they’ve enjoyed the evening.”

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