Annual Holiday Pops with the Melrose Symphony!

Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8 pm
Pre-Concert Festive Organ Music, 7 pm
Memorial Hall, Melrose

Kick off “the most wonderful time of the year” with the return of gospel vocalist Renese King performing her greatest hits! No Melrose Symphony Holiday Pops concert is complete without music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the beautiful and melodic Greensleeves, and a special musical reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas by a local celebrity. 

Sponsored by Brad Hutchinson Real Estate

**Both performances are sold out.**
Tickets are no longer available online or in-store. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


New! Attend the Dress Rehearsal for Holiday Pops!

We're inviting the public to attend the dress rehearsal on Thursday, December 7th, from 7:30-10:00 pm at Memorial Hall.

This one-time-only event will give audiences behind-the-scenes access to a working rehearsal to see how the orchestra prepares for a performance. The entire program will be rehearsed with occasional pauses to refine and go over certain passages. Since this is a working rehearsal, it is imperative that audience members are prepared to engage as observers in an attentive and respectful manner.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the rehearsal begins at 7:30 pm. There will be a 15-minute “intermission." Please note that the rehearsal will not be catered.

Rehearsal Tickets are $10, General Admission (Limited Seating)


About the Soloist

Renese King’s array of musical talents have taken her from spiritual and gospel singing at the church podium to timpani playing on the Carnegie Hall stage. She is recognized regionally as a talented instrumentalist, choral director and arranger who has appeared internationally with many choral and orchestral ensembles.  

Her soulful and moving voice, described by the Boston Globe as “resplendent,” “thrilling,” and a “phenomenal, wide-ranging” instrument has piqued growing national attention, and garnered her the 2011 Boston Music Award “Gospel/Inspirational Artist of the Year.”

Ms. King has made featured and guest solo appearances in several concerts, national television broadcasts, a national tour, and a CD release (Sleigh Ride) with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Her voice is featured on the soundtracks of two documentary films entitled “Freedom Riders,” which won three Emmy awards in 2012, and “Freedom Summer,” which premiered on PBS to critical acclaim in 2014.

Ms. King holds a position in Student Affairs at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, is the Music Director at the Waymark Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dorchester, MA, Director of the Re-Union Choir, and Associate Director of Music at Union United Methodist Church, Boston, MA.  She remains committed to the unifying and uplifting message at the heart of gospel music.