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The spirit of the season is all over the city. With the countdown to Christmas in full swing, there is no shortage of events for residents to enjoy. From light displays to stage plays, there is something for everyone in every corner of Fayetteville. For music lovers and movie lovers alike, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Cumberland Choral Arts Holiday Pops is a can’t-miss event. Set for Saturday, Dec. 9th at Seabrook Auditorium, located on Martin Luther King Dr, on the campus of Fayetteville State University, this special concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Pops is a unique, one-of-a-kind musical experience combining the harmonious sounds of the instruments of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra with the melodic voices of Cumberland Choral Arts Choir to bring attendees a program they can sing along to and relive childhood memories. The full Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will be playing in conjunction with the full Cumberland Choral Arts Choir. “It will be magic on stage!”

Ticket prices vary with group discounts available.
• Adult: $32
• Military: $25
• Senior (65+): $25
• CCS Employee: $25
• College Student: $8
• FSU Students: FREE
• Child (5-18): $5
• Children ages 0-5 are free


Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Please call the symphony office at (910) 433-4690 no later than 48 hours before a concert to make arrangements for group purchases. These discounts will not be available for purchase at the door. There will be no concessions sold at this event.
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Marketing and Office Manager, Meghan Woolbright, said “Holiday Pops is a program featuring some of your favorite holiday songs and masterpieces.”

Woolbright also said that attendees can expect to hear music featured on soundtracks of popular holiday movies (Die Hard not included). “Attendees can look forward to holiday classics like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, John Williams’s Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone, Piotr Ilyitch, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, and more… We hope to see our community from young to old excited about symphonic music and for our upcoming season.”

This is not the first year the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Cumberland Choral Arts Choir have joined talents to put on a show for the community. Handel’s Messiah is an annual show for the two and is set to take place again this year on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church.

This event is free to the public. For more information on the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, its programs, and the schedule of community concerts, visit its website www.fayettevillesymphony.org.

Cumberland Choral Arts has been a community fixture since its conception in 1991 by Mr. Alan M. Porter.
Now under the direction of Dr. Michael Martin, Cumberland Choral Arts is the Sandhill's premier choir and keeps a full calendar of appearances and concerts, with a smaller “select voice” ensemble, Cross Creek Chorale, that performs at concerts and community appearances. More information about the program and calendar of concerts can be found on the website, https://www.cumberlandchoralarts.org/.

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