Columbus Symphony Presents 2012 Holiday Pops, Now thru 12/2

Columbus Symphony Presents 2012 Holiday Pops, Now thru 12/2

A great annual Columbus tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season's most-loved holiday songs and carols. The event will also include performances by the Columbus Children's Choir, dancers Justin Gibbs and Joanie Evans, narrator Steven Crawford, and children from BalletMet, plus a special guest appearance by Santa.

The Columbus Symphony presents Holiday Pops at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) tonight, November 30, at 8pm; Saturday, December 1, at 8pm; and Sunday, December 2, at 3pm.

Tickets are $25-$65 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The Ohio Theatre Ticket Office will open two hours prior to each performance. Young people between the ages of 13-25 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available. For more information, visit

The 2012 Holiday Pops program will include:

Courtney, Holiday "Pops" Overture

Handel, For Unto Us a Child Is Born (Messiah)

Chesnokov, Spaséniye Sodélal (Salvation is Created)

Respighi, Adoration of the Magi from Trittico Botticelliano

Isaacson, Light the Legend

Main, Bethlehem Down

Main, Alleluja, A New Work is Come on Hand

Shaw-Bennett, I Saw Three Ships

Hale, Brassy Holidays

Willcocks, Fanfares and Carols (audience sing along)
O Come, All Ye Faithful
The First Nowell; Hark!
Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Chilcott, The Shepherd's Carol

Wilberg, One December, Bright and Clear

Simeone, Do You Hear What I Hear?

Stephenson, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Anderson, Sleigh Ride

Bass, The Night Before Christmas

Hayes, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

About Conductor Ronald J. Jenkins: Ronald J. Jenkins has been director of the Columbus Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus since 1982. In this position, he is responsible for one of the largest volunteer organizations in the Columbus Symphony family, as he prepares the members of the Chorus for multiple appearances with the Symphony each season.

The Columbus Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Chorus Master Ronald J. Jenkins, is currently celebrating its 52nd season. The 130-member chorus, comprised entirely of volunteer singers from central Ohio, performs major works from Bach to Mahler.

The Columbus Children's Choir has nine choirs for children in grades 3-12 and Young Musicians' Classes for K-2. The choir has performed at the national conferences of the American Choral Directors' Association, Organization of American Kodály Educations, and American Orff-Schulwerk Association. They have shared their artistry with audiences in the US, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Italy.

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming.

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Photo credit: Randall L. Schieber