Canton Symphony holiday pops concert Sunday

By Kelly Maile | Staff Writer Published:

The Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual Holiday Brass Pops Concert at 3 p.m Sunday at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, in Canton

Led by assistant conductor Rachel Waddell, the concert will feature Canton's own Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, The Canton Symphony Chorus as well as the choirs from Jackson and Louisville high schools.

Waddell, who will be conducting the Holiday Brass Concert for the first time, is exhilarated for Sunday's performance.

"There are so many people who are coming together for this," Waddell said. "I know I am biased, but it is hands down the best orchestra I have ever heard and I have heard some very high-level professional orchestras perform. The energy of this ensemble really can't be matched and I think that's because there are so many energetic, young musicians and musicians who might be older but still have a young heart and a young attitude."

The concert will be a two-hour production, featuring over 200 musicians and vocalists.

"The trick is we have exactly one two-hour rehearsal, so we really have just enough time to run through the music once together as an ensemble," Waddell said. "Inevitably, something unexpected either from you, the orchestra or the audience is going to happen at each performance and that's what makes it so exciting. It's the reason to go see something live instead of sitting at home and listening to a recording. It's a once in a life time experience."

Waddell says her job during the concert is to be a leader.

"It's not about standing up there and waving your arms, even though that's the perception a lot of conductors get," Waddell said. "The orchestra doesn't really need me to be honest, they need me for guidance and inspiration, but they don't need me to play their music. My job is to be like a sculptor, to chisel away at the error and to make it more refined and cohesive."

Waddell hopes the audience will be able to enjoy both the popular and classical music from the concert.

"I think it's a little unfortunate that there's a separation between pop music, which is short for popular music, and classical music because its all music," Waddell said. "Ultimately, the goal of the orchestra is to eliminate these barriers between pops and classical concerts and just have concerts where all the music feels relevant to the audience."'

Michelle Mullaly, Director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, says the audience can expect traditional holiday favorites along with some special surprises.

This holiday celebration will be under the direction of Britt Cooper, the Director of the Canton Symphony Chorus.

The Holiday Brass Pops Concert. Tickets for the concert range from $13 to $28. To purchase tickets, call 330-452-2094 or order online at www.cantonsymphony.org.

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