Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Still feeling a little “Bah Humbug” about it all? That can all be changed with one magical evening at the Symphony of the Redwoods’ Holiday Pops Musicale, Saturday, December 15, at the Cotton Auditorium.
Your favorite holiday music, carolers, mulled cider, tempting treats, photos with Santa, a Mexican Posada — even a craft fair!
The Pops Musicale, of course, is the main event, but the evening really begins at 6 pm — an hour before the concert — in the foyer and hallways of Cotton Auditorium and Fort Bragg Middle School. Here Gloriana carolers will entertain, while revelers have photos taken with Santa, and enjoy an array of sweet treats and savory snacks that include cookies, tamales, hot mulled cider and eggnog. There’s even a craft fair onsite (starts at 10 am) that goes until the end of the concert (about 9 pm).
The Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Les Pfutzenreuter begins its performance at 7 pm in the auditorium. They’ll play holiday favorites, including Sleigh Ride, selections from the Nutcracker, and White Christmas, and O Holy Night (with Dan Fowler). Special guests include In the Mix, The Acafellas, Sine Nomine, (local a cappella groups singing a variety of holiday numbers) and the Fort Bragg High School Choir. There will also be a Hallelujah Chorus sing-along to end the program.
As part of the show, a local group will present a Posada, a Mexican Christmas tradition featuring a procession of singers who move through the auditorium reenacting Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem.
Details at a Glance:
What: Symphony of the Redwoods: A Holiday Pops Musicale!
Date: December 15
Craft fair – 10 am-9 pm
Preconcert activities – 6 pm
Concert – 7 pm
Location: Cotton Auditorium
Tickets: $20 for adults; $10 for youth to age18. Tickets available at the door and online at www.symphonyoftheredwoods.org. Call (707) 964-0898.