Atlanta Pops to perform at Grand Theatre Dec. 9

Regarded as a staple on its Century Bank Entertainment Series lineup, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra will grace the stage of The Grand Theatre Dec. 9.

“It’s hard to believe that this will be the 14th year that we have hosted the Atlanta Pops Orchestra for our holiday concert,” said Terri Cox, program director for The Grand Theatre. “The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is the premier provider of live orchestra music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning seven decades, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world with a diverse repertoire of popular music. This event is the singular orchestral concert of our series each year.

“Each year, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra continues to deliver a program that wows our audiences. Its audience appeal is greatly enhanced by the popularity of their conductor Jason Altieri. Altieri invites the audience in with his charming wit combined with his conducting style. Each year, he brings something new to the show, and our audiences look forward to hearing what the orchestra will perform.”

Starting at 7 p.m., the concert will feature traditional holiday melodies and a pair of vocalists with ties to Cartersville.

“This year, the program includes familiar pieces, such as Leroy Anderson’s ‘Christmas Festival’ and a medley of carols,” Cox said. “New on the program this year are ‘Christmas at the Movies’ and Victor Herbert’s ‘March of the Toys.’ The Hanukkah season is included with Isaacson’s ‘Hanukkah Festival.’ Our soloists this year are two Cartersville High School graduates, both studying music on the collegiate level. Rachel Brideau, a student at the Manhattan School of Music, will perform Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria.’ Kennesaw University student Jeremiah Robinson will bring some nostalgia to the program with ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas.’ The vocalists have a few other surprises for the audience as well.

“Our special relationship with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and the management team of Leonard and Dorothy Altieri is very special. They look forward to this event and they know that Cartersville has a special love for this show. We can’t wait to share it again with the many patrons who have made this a part of their holiday traditions and invite new friends to join us.”

The Atlanta Pops’ concert is the second offering in the 2017-2018 Century Bank Entertainment Series. The lineup will continue with Thompson Square, Feb. 3; Balsam Range, March 3; and Pam Tillis, April 21.

Individual event tickets for the Century Bank Entertainment Series are $27 for orchestra level seats and $22 for balcony level seats.

According to a news release from The Grand Theatre, “In 1944, French immigrant Albert Coleman accepted the position of musical director for WSB Radio in Atlanta, Georgia, and set about forming an orchestra that would include Atlanta’s best musicians and be available for radio dates, public concerts and free performances for the benefit of young people and aspiring musicians. Albert established his first Atlanta Pops in 1945 and led that ensemble for 55 years through appearances in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast.

“... Since Albert Coleman retired in 1998, the orchestra has performed largely nonpublic events under local guest conductors. In 2002, former Atlanta Symphony Principal Trumpeter John Head became the conductor and principal arranger for the Atlanta Pops succeeding Albert Coleman. In 2010, Maestro Head was succeeded by current musical director Dr. Jason D. Altieri, an accomplished conductor of symphony, opera and pops programs.”

Further details and tickets can be obtained by phone, 770-386-7343; online, and the Facebook page, “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre;” or in person at the ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.

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