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Akron Symphony Holiday Pops returns with three performances led by Cleveland Pops Conductor, Carl Topilow

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Holiday Pops returns with three performances

Cleveland Pops conductor, Carl Topilow, returns to lead the Akron Symphony Orchestra at Holiday Pops, a beloved Akron tradition the whole family will enjoy. The Akron Symphony Chorus, led by Maria Sensi Sellner, will accompany the Akron Symphony Orchestra in three Holiday Pops performances at the Akron Civic Theater, Medina Performing Arts Center and The Chapel in Green. Holiday Pops will feature a special appearance by Santa and a holly-jolly sing-along. Complimentary candy canes and an instrument petting zoo will also be available for children during Holiday Pops at Akron Civic Theater.

“We are pleased to be able to present Holiday Pops in neighboring communities once again,” said Joanne Green, Director of Marketing and PR for the Akron Symphony. “We are encouraged by the enthusiastic response and look forward to exposing new audiences to our wonderful Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.”

Holiday Pops takes place on December 12, 13 and 14. The Akron Symphony kicks off Holiday Pops with a concert at The Chapel at Green on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm. The tradition continues with Holiday Pops at the historic Akron Civic Theater on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 pm. It concludes with Medina Holiday Pops at the Medina Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 14 at 8 pm.

Cleveland Pops Conductor, Carl Topilow, is no stranger to the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Carl has become part of the Akron Symphony’s holiday tradition with his engaging personality, wit and an inclusive programming approach that brings people of all ages and traditions together and gets them in the holiday spirit. Following his long time dream of conducting his own pops orchestra, Carl founded the Cleveland Pops, which is currently in its 16th season. He is renowned worldwide for his versatility, whether he is holding a conductor’s baton or his trademark red clarinet. He is multi-talented and equally comfortable as both a conductor and instrumentalist.

“Regardless of the performance you attend, you are certain to experience the rich Akron Symphony experience and leave filled with holiday spirit,” said Green.

There are still great seats for Holiday Pops. Tickets start at $22 for Holiday Pops at the Akron Civic Theatre. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups. To purchase tickets for Holiday Pops at Akron Civic Theater or in Medina, call the Akron Symphony ticket office at 330-535-8131 or order online at Tickets for the Akron performance of Holiday Pops can also be purchased through the Akron Civic Theater box office at 330-253-2488 or

This is the second year for the Medina Holiday Pops concert, where proceeds will benefit the Medina City Schools’ arts, music and theater booster clubs. Medina Holiday Pops is presented by the Medina County Arts Foundations. Sponsors include the Willard Stephensen Foundation, Drs. Ron and Carol Ricci, DDS, Marco and Marco, Attorneys, Pfister Orthodontics and Lunar Tool and Mold. For more information about Medina Holiday Pops, visit or

This is the sixth year for Holiday Pops at The Chapel in Green. The Green High School Choir, led by Alaina Starr, will also perform Gilpin’s With Gladness, Cheer and Song. Sponsors include DRB Systems, Inc. and Sheetz of Green. To purchase tickets, call the City of Green at 330-896-6621 or visit

About the Akron Symphony Orchestra

For more than 60 years, the Akron Symphony Orchestra 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 through educational and musical excellence. The Akron Symphony Orchestra is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA). GAMA’s vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. This vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, and numerous special outreach and educational programs.

The Akron Symphony appreciates our sponsors, including 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 89.7 WKSU, Akron Life and Akron Beacon Journal/

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