"Spontaneity" and "involvement" have certainly become hallmarks of the Boston Pops Holiday Concerts during Keith Lockhart's tenure. They'll surely be found in abundance again this season, either on tour or in Symphony Hall. These concerts attract large numbers of youngsters who sway in time to the music and enjoy themselves greatly. Still, nothing can compare with the glowing looks on the faces of these children when Santa Claus makes his grand entrance through the audience and heads to the stage to banter with Lockhart and to lead a sing-along of holiday favorites. One grandmother witnessed the phenomenon for the first time last year and remarked, 'This has definitely made my Christmas!" That may have truly been the case-and she didn't have to get run over by a reindeer to experience it! Merry Christmas everyone!
The Boston Pops will be performing their "Holiday Pops" concerts at Symphony Hall from December 7th through 24th. For more information or to buy tickets go to bso.org.
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