HARTFORD – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year” at the 2009 Holiday POPS! Spectacular at 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Dec. 12 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Belding Theater at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Joining in the wintry celebration will be singers from the Hartford Chorale and Connecticut Children’s Chorus, as well as ballet dancers from the Hartt Community Division. The 2009-2010 POPS! Series is presented by United Technologies Corp.
Designed for kids from 1 to 92, the event will feature festive carols and seasonal favorites, including Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, White Christmas, Troika Song, and Carol of the Bells, all performed by the HSO and the Hartford Chorale. Ballerinas from the Hartt Community Division will twirl onto the stage for selections from The Nutcracker and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus will join in the festivities for a holiday sing-along, as arranged by Hartt School Musical Theater Director Michael Morris. There will even be a special guest appearance from one of the world’s biggest celebrities – Santa Claus – in his musical debut with the HSO.
Ticket prices are $32.50 to $72.50; $12.50 with a student I.D. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Hartford Symphony Orchestra Ticket Services, 99 Pratt St. Suite 500 in Hartford, by calling (860) 244-2999, or online 24/7 at www.hartfordsymphony.org.
“We are excited to bring our annual Holiday POPS! Spectacular to the Belding Theater this year,” says HSO Executive Director Kristen Phillips. “The intimate setting of this theater will surround our audience with the sights and sounds of this Holiday winter wonderland.”
The Hartford Chorale, under the direction of Richard Coffey, is the primary symphonic chorus of the Greater Hartford community, particularly in its critically acclaimed collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Through such collaborations and with other organizations, the Chorale seeks to reach and inspire the widest possible audience with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, including renowned choral masterpieces.
The Connecticut Children's Chorus (CCC), under the direction of Stuart Younse and Sallie Ferrebee, is the Hartford region's most comprehensive youth chorus program and a division of the Hartt School Community Division. CCC continues to thrive as our region's premiere children's chorus, boasting performance invitations with the region's best professional ensembles and provides strength and excellence in training Connecticut's youngest talented voices. Past activities have included performances with the Hartt Opera, CONCORA, and the Nashville Children's Chorus.