Missoula Symphony visits North Pole with Holiday Pops

Orchestra and Chorale team up for three festive concerts Dec. 3-5 in Missoula

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The Missoula Symphony continues its 2021-2022 season Dec. 3-5 with the annual holiday spectacular, “Holiday Pops!” This beloved local tradition marks the start of Missoula’s holiday season, as well as the first time the Missoula Symphony Chorale will perform live since the start of the pandemic. There will even be a “special visit from our friends at the North Pole,” according to the Missoula Symphony website.

Expect a jolly and joyful segue into the season with Missoula Symphony's Holiday Pops concert.
Expect a jolly and joyful segue into the season with Missoula Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert.

The Missoula Symphony Chorale will join the Missoula Symphony Orchestra to perform a variety of holiday favorites, including Irving Berlin’s “Christmas,” Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas,” Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and a lively “Suite from The Polar Express,” under the direction of Chorale Director Dean Peterson and Symphony Music Director Julia Tai in her first full season.

“The Missoula Symphony Chorale is very excited to finally be performing in person this season and looks forward to our first live concert in nearly two years,” Peterson said. “‘Holiday Pops!’ is a favorite tradition in our community and it’s great to be back on stage.”

Concertgoers can choose between three performances of “Holiday Pops!” in December: evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, and one Sunday matinee on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. The Friday evening performance is being offered instead of a Sunday evening performance this year.

All performances will be held at the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus, and the Saturday performance will be live streamed for anyone who purchases a ticket and is unable to attend in person.

The Good Food Store is the season sponsor for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. “Holiday Pops!” is sponsored by Stockman Bank and Dolores and George Bandow, and live streaming this season is sponsored by First Security Bank.

Those wishing to purchase tickets for “Holiday Pops!” or for the remainder of the 2021-2022 season can do so at missoulasymphony.org.