Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops to return to Greenville

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:31 pm on Friday, November 08, 2013

The 14th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets go on sale Monday. — File photo


GREENVILLE — Tickets for the 14th annual Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops concert go on sale Monday and organizers say the event will once again leave the crowd in awe.

“I think it’s something people look forward to each year. It’s a wonderful event,” said Steven Day, chairman of the Education Foundation of Greenville, which puts on the event. “It’s a nice way to kick off the holiday season.”

Tickets for the concert, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, go on sale Monday at The Daily News office, located at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville. Cost is $18 for general seating or $35 for premier seating.

Money from the event will go to the Education Foundation, which, among other things, provides grants and scholarships for area students.

The concert, which is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions and The Daily News, has raised around $125,000 for the foundation.

“That money has gone directly to students and teachers for grants and scholarships,” Day said. “We’ve been able to send a lot of young people to camps that would otherwise be unavailable to them and unaffordable for them. This is one of our biggest fundraisers.”

This is the 14th year the symphony has held a concert in Greenville, and it has become a mainstay for the start of the holiday season.

“Bringing the Grand Rapids Symphony and the spirit of Christmas to town is a highlight of the year not only for Stafford, but also for my family,” said Julie Stafford, vice president of Stafford Media Solutions and publisher of The Daily News. “Fourteen years ago, the Education Foundation invited us to start this partnership of bringing this amazing cultural, holiday concert to town. It not only benefits those of us who love the music that goes along with this time of year, but it also benefits students in our schools from money raised through ticket sales.”

Day said the Stafford family means everything to the event.

“We would not be able to do this without the help of the Stafford family,” he said.

With tickets becoming available Monday, Day said not to wait long to snatch them up.

“It’s near sellout every year,” he said.

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