Boston Pops and Rockapella Bring Boston's Holiday Tradition to Cities Across the Midwest and Northeast

“AMERICA’S ORCHESTRA" TO PERFORM IN IOWA CITY, IOWA (11/27); APPLETON, WI (11/28 & 11/29); CHICAGO, IL (11/30); PROVIDENCE, RI (12/2); STORRS, CT (12/3); GREENVALE, NY (12/4); NEWARK, NJ (12/4); MANCHESTER, NH (12/17); LOWELL, MA (12/18)

The Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart will bring New England’s beloved Holiday Pops to nine cities across the Midwest and Northeast during the orchestra’s 2011 holiday tour. The tour kicks off in Iowa City, Iowa, on November 27 this season, when the Pops will join forces with pop vocal sensation Rockapella, to share the music of New England’s favorite holiday tradition.

Capturing the magic of the Christmastime season, and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature Sleigh Ride, a suite from The Nutcracker, and other Yuletide favorites. Rockapella, one of the most in-demand pop vocal groups in the world, will perform with the Pops on holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Silver Bells, andof course, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. At each concert a different local personality will narrate a performance of A Visit from St. Nicholas (“’Twas the Night Before Christmas”), which will be followed by a guest appearance by Santa Claus himself. The entire audience will be invited to join in a traditional Boston Pops holiday sing-along to bring each special performance to a close.

Boston Pops Holiday concerts began in 1974 with a three-concert series at Symphony Hall. Since then, public demand for the performances has grown, and this holiday season the Boston Pops will offer 37 concerts in a festively decorated Symphony Hall, in addition to the Holiday Tour.


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