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Akron Symphony Holiday Pops to feature Ken Babby as Guest Conductor

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The much awaited Akron Symphony Holiday Pops concert returns to EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Akron on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The conductor for the evening will be Maria Sensi Sellner who will lead the orchestra and chorus in a program featuring holiday favorites such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, Merry Christmas, Winter Wonderland and “The Christmas Song” as well as selections from the “Nutcracker”, the “Messiah” and a collection of Christmas spirituals. Ken Babby (new owner of the Akron RubberDucks, formerly the Akron Aeros) will make a special appearance to conduct the orchestra on “Sleigh Ride”.

“While growing up, my mother Ellen exposed me to the wonderful world of classical music,” said Ken Babby, owner of the Akron RubberDucks, formerly Akron Aeros. “She helped me realize how important music and culture are for a community, so I consider it a great honor to be invited by the Akron Symphony to serve as guest conductor.”

Prior to the concert, adults and children can enjoy a visit with Santa, a holiday sing-along, complimentary candy canes and music performed by a horn quartet comprised of U of A students in the EJ Thomas Hall lobby.

Tickets for Holiday Pops on sale and range from $25-$55. Tickets for students and children are 50% off. Groups of 10 or more are 25% off. Tickets can be purchased through the Akron Symphony box office at 330-535-8131, online at www.akronsymphony.org, or by contacting the EJ Thomas Hall box office at 330-972-7570.

Alojng with the EJ Thomas Hall appearance this year, Akron Symphony Holiday Pops concerts will also take place at The Chapel in Green at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 and Medina Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Tickets for Holiday Pops in Green are available through The City of Green at www.cityofgreen.org. Tickets for Medina Holiday Pops are available through the Akron Symphony office at 330-535-8131 or online atwww.medinaholidaypops.com.

“We are pleased to present Holiday Pops in neighboring communities again this season,” said Joanne Green, Director of Marketing and PR for the Akron Symphony. “We enjoy the opportunity to expose new audiences to our wonderful orchestra and chorus, and we are touched by the enthusiastic response we continue to receive in Medina and Green.”

The Akron Symphony appreciates its sponsors, including The University of Akron and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund Akron Symphony concerts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Media Partners include 89.7FM WKSU, Akron Life and Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com.

For more than 60 years, the Akron Symphony has been a driving musical force throughout the Greater Akron area. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the Akron Symphony Orchestra is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community. The Akron Symphony is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA), whose vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. GAMA’s vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron Symphony Guild, Gospel Meets Symphony Choir and numerous outreach and educational programs throughout the region.

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