Ashland Symphony Orchestra presents Family Holiday Pops


Submitted by the Ashland Symphony Orchestra

The 2017 Ashland Symphony Orchestra presenting the Holiday Pops in the The Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium.

Brooke Young

Ashland Symphony Orchestra’s, Family Holiday Pops will be returning again on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The Ashland High School A Capella Choir, the Hillsdale Choir, the Opus ll Dance Studio and the Ashland Regional Ballet will be performing.

Holiday Pops is intended to be a “multi-sensory” performance, according to Martha Buckner, the executive director of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.

Buckner said that popular music, along with orchestral pieces, will be played at the concert. There will also be a traditional choral part of the program.

“It doesn’t happen very often, when you play, that you have all three, the live orchestra, the live chorus and the ballet. So we are really excited to be able to do that,” Buckner said.

The symphony will perform the ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes,’ along with a women’s chorus who will be performing live, and dancers from the ballet. Buckner said there are “truly no words” to describe the ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes.’

The program always concludes with a performance of ‘Peace on Earth.’

As far as Buckner is aware, Ashland is the smallest community to have a professional orchestra.

“It makes Ashland unique in that for a rural county, we have to remember that most of our audience as well as most of our donor dollars come from Ashland county,” Buckner said.

Principal Pianist for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Deborah Logan, said that the Holiday Pops Concert “offers a wide variety of music and entertainment that provides a warm welcome to the holiday season.”

Both Logan and Buckner encourage students and community members to attend the concert.

Logan said there is a feeling of love and pride for the Ashland Community that is a part of the annual Holiday Pops concert.

Sharing this experience with friends and family from the community really gives it a home for Christmas feeling,” Logan said.