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Medina Holiday Pops

December 14 at 7:30 pm

Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra as we welcome some special guests for an evening of traditional carols, inspiring songs and holiday cheer.

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Medina Holiday Pops


December 14
7:30 pm
$20 – $30
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Medina Performing Arts Center
851 Weymouth Rd
Medina, OH 44256 United States
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Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra as we welcome some special guests for an evening of traditional carols, inspiring songs and holiday cheer. There will even be a special visitor from the North Pole!

The performance will include numerous holiday favorites, including O Come, O Come Emmanuel, selections from The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, Here Comes Santa Claus and a holiday Sing-along. The Orchestra will be joined on stage by the Akron Symphony Chorus, the Akron Youth Symphony and the CVCA Royal Ringers.

Kick off the holiday season with a concert that has become a popular family tradition in Medina.

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Akron Symphony Chorus
Chris Albanese, conductor
Daniel Doty, tenor
Akron Youth Symphony
Eric Benjamin, 
CVCA Royal Ringers

Please note: Vouchers may not be redeemed for this performance. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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Did You Know?

Leroy Anderson wrote the music for Sleigh Ride during a heatwave in July of 1946, at his summer home in Woodbury, Conn., where he was vacationing with his family. Words for Sleigh Ride were added in 1950 by Mitchell Parish, and while the song does not make any specific reference to Christmas, it has since become a Christmas classic. (Source: songfacts.com)

The uniquely twinkling instrument you hear in The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a celesta. Tchaikovsky smuggled this relative of the piano into Russia from Paris to add a unique sound to accompany the character of the Sugar Plum Fairy. (Source: takelessons.com)

Gene Autry came up with the idea for Here Comes Santa Claus in 1946 while participating in the annual Hollywood Santa Claus Lane parade. Astride Champion Jr., ahead of St. Nick on his sleigh, Autry heard a child on the sidewalk shout, “Here comes Santa Claus!” Oakley Haldeman, the composer who operated Autry’s music publishing division, came up with the melody. (Source: geneautry.com)

Mel Tormé’s The Christmas Song, cowritten with Robert Wells and better known by its opening line, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” was made famous by Nat King Cole in 1946 and subsequently recorded in more than 1,700 versions. (Source: britannica.com)

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