American Idol's Melinda Doolittle to Join Orchestra for Holiday Pops 12/2-12/4

Holiday Pops is back! The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra reprises its annual concert weekend with conductor John Morris Russell at the Taft Theatre December 2-4. These often sold-out family-friendly events are one of Cincinnati's favorite holiday traditions, featuring local singers, dancers and other performers in a spirited celebration of the season.

The Pops has added extra matinee performances this season to accommodate demand for these concerts:

8 p.m. Friday, December 2

2 p.m. Saturday, December 3

8 p.m. Saturday, December 3

2 p.m. Sunday, December 4

7 p.m. Sunday, December 4

This year, the Orchestra welcomes American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle in her Pops debut. Ms. Doolittle's powerhouse vocals will bring new energy to familiar classics like "The Christmas Song" to modern favorites like "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and everything in between. The Cincinnati Pops Chorale, composed of members of the May Festival Chorus and Classical Roots Community Mass Choir will also perform and will help lead a traditional audience sing-along. Dancers from the Studio for Danceand costumed characters in the lobby and on stage add to the festive performances.

Audience members are also invited to donate a wrapped toy for a Holiday Gift Drive to benefit Cincinnati children in need.

Tickets for this concert start at just $25 for adults and $15 for kids and are available by calling the Pops Box Office at (513) 381-3300or visiting www.cincinnatipops.org.



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