The annual December concerts by the Boston Pops are a holiday tradition.
In the 2013 Holiday Pops, Keith Lockhart, the Pops, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus make the season bright with performances focusing on the orchestra's new recording, "A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall."
Concerts offer cabaret style seating and feature carols like "Joy to the World," the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah," the signature selection "Sleigh Ride," the Pops's own arrangement of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and music from the film version of Chris Van Allsburg's "The Polar Express." Every show includes a performance of "A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas the Night Before Christmas)," and visit Santa does, entering to to the tune of "Zat You, Santa Claus?" The rousing "A Merry Little Sing-Along," in which you get to add your voice to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," and other holiday classics, ends each cheer-filled program.
Opening night Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Concerts through Dec. 24, see www.bostonpops.org for full schedule. Kids matinees: Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 21-22, and Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.; Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. $30-$135. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200, www.bostonpops.org
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