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Symphony N.H. celebrates the season

  • Guest conductor Joe Olefirowicz will lead Symphony N.H.'s Holiday Pops. —Courtesy

  • Act of Congress, an acoustic band from Alabama, will be guest performers in Symphony N.H.’s Holiday Pops. Courtesy

  • Act of Congress, an acoustic band from Alabama, will be guest performers in Symphony N.H.'s Holiday Pops. —Courtesy

  • Symphony N.H. will present Holiday Pops in Concord on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Audi. —Courtesy

  • Symphony N.H. will present Holiday Pops in Concord on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Audi. —Courtesy

  • Symphony N.H. will present Holiday Pops in Concord on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Audi. —Courtesy



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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

One of Symphony N.H.’s two Holiday Pops performances will come to Concord on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the City Auditorium.

The show will feature favorite holiday tunes as well as new renditions of classic carols.

Joseph Olefirowicz, minister of music at First Church of Nashua and artistic director of the First Music Concert Series, will take the podium a guest conductor for the first time with Symphony N.H. He has previously directed an array of musical performances across the world, including several cities in Germany, Austria, New York, Massachusetts and has future appearances planned in Russia.

Olefirowicz said the show will have “nearly every favorite carol they can imagine.” It will be a mix of sacred and secular music, including a holiday piece with references to Hanukah.

Fifty symphony musicians will be joined by the internationally-touring acoustic band, Act of Congress.

The Americana band from Alabama has produced several albums, including The Christmas Collection, which contains their re-imagining of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and “Joy to the World.”

You may also hear the symphony play “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” and “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” which Olefirowicz said was appreciated by him because he has Polish heritage.

Olefirowicz encouraged anyone who has never been to a symphonic concert before to come listen as an introduction (and hopefully come back to future symphony performances.)

Holiday Pops will also be performed in Nashua on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Keefe Center for the Arts.

Santa will be attending the performances.

Tickets are free to youth with a paying adult, $10 for students and $18 to 49 for adults, with discounts for seniors and groups.

For more information or to purchase, visit symphonynh.org.

Audience members can bring non-perishable food and pantry items to the concert in support of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and The Friendly Kitchen in Concord and receive 10 percent off future concert tickets.