By Linda Sickler / Savannah Morning News; featured in the DO
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If you haven’t bought tickets for the Savannah Philharmonic’s 2012 Holiday Pops concerts, it’s too late. Both performances are sold out.
This year’s concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which holds 950 people.
“People love hearing the concerts in the cathedral,” says Philharmonic conductor and artistic director Peter Shannon.
But it’s not too early to start thinking about next year. Tickets for the 2013 Holiday Pops concerts will first be available as part of the 2013/2014 subscription sales in early May, and individual tickets will go on sale in July.
Seriously, it won’t be too early to buy tickets. The Holiday Pops concerts are wildly popular, and tickets go fast.
“It’s kind of a Best of Christmas, with music from ‘The Nutcracker,’ popular Christmas music, the chorus singing by itself. the orchestra playing ‘Sleigh Ride,’” Shannon says. “It’s all the Christmas music that people love to hear.
“The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and ‘Nutcracker’ excerpts, together with ‘The Skater’s Waltz’ and ‘Sleigh Ride,’ will put anyone in the spirit,” he says. “And I love ‘O Holy Night.’
“It’s just so perfect in the Cathedral,” Shannon says. “We always begin each half with a sing-along carol, just to get everyone in the mood.”
Solos will be sung by soprano Tina Zenker Williams, who appeared in the 2010 Holiday Pops concert, and tenor Marcos Santos, a native of Portugal.
There are all sorts of holiday traditions. For many people, it just isn’t the holiday season without a twinkling Christmas tree to pile presents under.
For many in Savannah, the Holiday Pops concert has become a cherished tradition. “Everyone will agree music plays a huge role,” Shannon says. “It’s a great chance to get the orchestra and chorus together.”
Selling out the Holiday Pops concerts isn’t a big surprise.
“We tend to sell out all our concerts, anyway,” Shannon says.
The difference is the holiday concerts sell out so quickly. “That’s exciting,” Shannon says.
New this year is the Savannah Philharmonic Holiday Party, which will follow each concert at the DeSoto Hilton. Tickets for that event are $10.
“Typically, we celebrate ourselves,” Shannon says. “It’s not the end of our season, but it marks a significant point in the season. It’s nice to get the chance to celebrate with the audience. It’s nice it’s organized so people can meet the orchestra players.”
This is the third year in a row the holiday concerts have sold out.
“Next year, we may try to do a third concert to alleviate some of the pressure,” Shannon says. “There’s a good reason the Christmas concerts are sold out weeks in advance. It’s the proverbial Christmas stocking full to the brim with all the favorites we all love.”
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus present 2012 Holiday Pops concerts
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15
Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 222 E. Harris St.
Cost: The concert is sold out, but any tickets returned will be sold through the box office