Holiday Pops Concert, Grand Rapids Symphony in Greenville Dec. 12

John Varineau conducts the Grand Rapids Symphony during a holiday song during last year’s Holiday Pops in Greenville.

GREENVILLE — The Grand Rapids Symphony is coming to Greenville for the 13th annual Holiday Pops concert in December.
John Varineau, associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony, joked about how, over the years when they have come to Greenville, there has always been a snow storm.

“Get out your snowblowers,” he said laughing about the symphony returning to Greenville.

The concert, which is at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center, will be a night full of holiday tunes from a world-class orchestra, Varineau said.

“We embrace the Greenville community,” said John Varineau, associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. “We love the enthusiasm from the Greenville audience.”

“We embrace the Greenville community,” he said. “We love the enthusiasm from the Greenville audience.”

Varineau noted there is always a good vibe from the packed hall every time the symphony comes to town, despite snow storms.

The Holiday Pops Concert,  Varineau said, will be a night for people to get away and enjoy the music.

“It’s not in a stuffy (auditorium) with an old-fashion symphony,” he said.

Tickets are still on sale for $15 for general seating, which can be picked up at The Daily News office at 109 N. Lafayette St., Greenville. Stafford Media Solutions and The Daily News are sponsoring the event.

Only cash and check will be accepted.

All the money raised from the concert will go toward the Education Foundation of Greenville.

“Many students are able to go to camps and/or workshops because of this event,” said Education Foundation of Greenville’s co-chairman Steve Day. “It’s important for the community because we believe there are many people in Greenville and the surrounding communities that may not be able to go to Grand Rapids to hear them for one reason or another.”

Varineau said it’s important to attend the concert because of the fact the money raised is going towards educational programs.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Varineau said.

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