Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Open the 2010 Holiday Season, Wednesday, December 8

One of Boston’s greatest holiday traditions, the Holiday Pops season, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, opens on Wednesday, December 8, with a program that combines favorites of the holiday season with exciting new arrangements of some much loved Christmastime classics. The program ranges from seasonal music such as the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and the Gospel favorite, “My Lord What a Morning,” featuring singer Renese King, to a Christmas Is For Children Sing-Along featuring “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and beloved Holiday Pops arrangements including “Frosty All the Way” and “The Christmas Song.” Always a highlight of the Holiday Pops programs, the critically-acclaimed Tanglewood Festival Chorus will join the orchestra for the entire season of 37 performances, December 8-26. In addition, Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance at each of the Holiday concerts, which take place at Symphony Hall, festively decorated to evoke the unique magic of the holiday season.

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