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8:35 PM Tue, Nov. 20th

Prescott POPs Christmas concert sold out

Tickets for the Upcoming Prescott Pops Symphony concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 may be sold out, but there’s one more concert of the season, according to the symphony’s choral conductor.

Those who were able to procure tickets for this weekend’s performance will see the symphony put on “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as its fourth concert of the season, said Choral Conductor Darrel Rowader. They’ll hear such music as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” set to music by Ken Darby, “God Bless Us Everyone,” two choruses from “The Messiah,” “Sleigh Ride,” “When Christmas Comes to Town” and a big sing-along, Rowader said.

“The sing-along is extremely popular,” he said. “That may be why we’re sold out.”

However, those who were unable to get tickets for the performance still have a chance to catch the Prescott Pops Symphony this season, Rowader said. On Sunday, Feb. 18, it will perform “Cartoon Tunes,” its last concert of the season, he said. Music is still being ordered and the show is still being put together, but it will include Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, all of which were featured in Looney Tunes cartoons.

Tickets for that show are $25 for adults and $5 for youth under 18 and available on www.ycpac.com or by calling the box office at 928-776-2000.

Rowader encouraged buying a subscription to the Prescott Pops Symphony’s next season, which go on sale Monday, April 2.

“If you order a subscription to the season, which would be for all five concerts, you’re guaranteed a seat,” he said. “I would say it’s good to get a subscription, not only is it guaranteed you’ll have your seat but there’s a savings.”

Season subscriptions are $100 and good for when the next season starts in summer, the first concert of which will feature songs from the package “A Cole Porter Celebration,” Rowader said. The package has single hits and songs from Porters shows and will involve the chorus, symphony and soloists, he said.

Packages like that one are quite expensive, Rowader said. While an arrangement of a medley of songs for high school or college could cost about $250, the packages rented for these performances can cost between $2,300 to $3,200, he said.

“My goal has always been to go to the Rodgers and Hammerstein library, or one of the big libraries either in New York or in London, and renting the original arrangements and packages of these shows,” Rowader said. “If I were to do just my favorite show for the whole concert, it’s not as interesting as doing a medley and a variety of songs from a variety of shows. So fortunately, these libraries have packages … they bring in a variety of songs.”

When people come to Prescott Pops Symphony performances, they’re seeing those packages with the chorus and orchestra and getting something special, he said.

All shows are at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St.

For more information about Prescott Pops Symphony, visit www.prescottpops.com.