Holiday Pops this weekend in Federal Way

By Kyli Pigg - Staff Reporter



Grammy award-winning pop star The Wanz will headline the Federal Way Symphony's annual Holiday concert, Holiday Pops this weekend.

This show goes on Saturday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S.

This concert will be a pops extravaganza for an audience of all ages and will feature hip-hop, R & B, and soul.

This concert will feature Michael "The Wanz" Wansley, a Grammy award-winning pop singer. The Wanz in a 56 year old artist from Lakewood. He is best known for his collaboration with fellow Seattle artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the song Thrift Shop, which he performed with them on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live.

"There's a lot of ways you can do pops. One way is symphonic pops, where you obtain an arrangement of past popular tunes and you can play them with a symphony orchestra," said Brian Davenport, director of the Federal Way Symphony.

"What we're doing is pop music, but all new material," Davenport said. "The Wanz is performing this as if he is creating a new video."

Rachael DeShon will accompany The Wanz for these performances and will also be singing.

"We have arranged a number of pieces with the orchestra for The Wanz to sing," Davenport said. "This is going to be a very entertaining show."

Tickets for this event range from $39-$50 for adults, $34-$45 for seniors, $18 for students with ID, and $10 for youth younger than 10 years.

Despite the fact that ticket prices have risen as a result of building the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, the attendance is better than ever, Davenport said.

"This sort of facility comes with a cost, we have had to adjust all our pricing to accommodate for these new costs," Davenport said. "But still our prices are less than half what it is in Seattle."

The Federal Way Symphony is "stepping up to the plate," Davenport said.

"When we were performing in the church, people had a lower expectation, and going into this hall, it's a large professional hall," Davenport said.

For tickets and more information, go to federalwaysymphony.org or call 253-252-2693.

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