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2021 Holiday Pops

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December 23, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bring your family and friends to enjoy the annual holiday tradition, which has become a spectacular celebration. Holiday Pops will include choirs, dancers, guest vocalists, pipers, and special appearances by Frosty the Snowman, Saint Nick, and more.

The festive performance will feature beloved orchestral selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker to two movements of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra’s jazzy Nutcracker Suite. Joyous carols such as “The First Noel” and “Gloria” will showcase the choirs and vocalists, while traditional tunes “Sleigh Ride,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and music celebrating the Festival of Lights will uplift the audience with holiday spirit.

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Traditional, arr. Randol Alan Bass
Fanfare: Joy to the World

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“Pax de Deux” from Nutcracker

Hector Berlioz
“Shepherds’ Farewell” from The Childhood of Christ

Mary Lowry and Buddy Greene, arr. Bruce Greer
Mary, Did You Know?

Traditional, arr. Victor A. Vancore
Joy To The World

John Rutter
Star Carol

Traditional, arr. Jeff Tyzik
Mis Zeh Hidlik (Behold the Lights)

Michael Smith, arr. Ron Huff and David Hamilton


J.S. Bach, arr. Tim Berens

Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, arr. Mark Hayes
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Johnny Marks
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr Edward Kennedy Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Jeff Tyzik
The Nutcracker Suite, for Orchestra

Traditional, arr. John Rutter
12 Days of Christmas

Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride

Traditional, arr. Dan Forrest
Festival First Nowell


Kanika Moore, Vocalist
  • Eric Wilkinson, Director

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus

  • Dr. Robert Taylor, Director

Yuriy Bekker, Conductor


The Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St
Charleston, 29401 United States
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