Since 1993, the annual Pops Concert from the Holmes Community College Choral Music Department has been one of the major concerts at the college. This year, however, due to the renovation of McDaniel Hall on the Goodman Campus, the concert "A Night to Remember" will be moved to the Corey Forum on the Grenada Campus on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
The cost for the event will be $5 for general admission and $3 for Holmes students. Holmes faculty/staff members will be admitted free along with children under 12.
"This has become a staple performance for the school, community and most of all our students that are in the choral groups at Holmes," said Mike Yates, director of Connection! and Coachmen. "When I received the news about the McDaniel renovation it was either cancel it for this year or move the event. I brought it to our students' attention that we might have to cancel Pops, and they said, 'no way.'
"This concert is so important to our performers as it is the end-of-the-year concert and the last time that some of these students will ever perform," he added. "So that is when I thought about having it on our Grenada Campus. With the support of our Academic Dean Dr. (Jenny) Jones and our President Dr. (Jim) Haffey, Pops 2019 will be presented on the Grenada Campus for the first time in history."
The Grenada Campus and surrounding community have been very supportive of events held on the campus for a long time. Holmes has hosted some outstanding events in the Corey Forum over the year as part of the "Arts and Lectures" series, and the Pops Concert should be no different.
"The Grenada Campus has had some amazing performances at the Corey Forum," Yates said. "The community along with Holmes CC faculty and staff have supported each event.
"We hope that we can bring back the high-quality standard of each past performance with Pops 2019," he added. "The audience should expect a wide variety of music to entertain all ages. Music from popular Broadway musicals "The Phantom of the Opera," "Jersey Boys," "Rock of Ages" and "Annie" will be performed along with other great hits that everyone will enjoy."
The Choral Music Department at Holmes has many students from the Grenada community. Choral Director and Holmes alumna Denondrea Sims also hails from Grenada.
"We hope all of their families and community come out to support these students and Denondrea," Yates said. "This will be a long-awaited return as our choral groups have not performed in that area in sometime."