CLOSED [Giveaway] Family pack of tickets to Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony

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[Giveaway] Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

Classical music is an important part of my family’s holiday traditions. Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I went to see Ballet San Antonio‘s The Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony at the Tobin Center. Soon, over the weekend of December 19-21, 2014, we will going back to the Tobin to hear the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops. The Symphony has offered my family a set of four free tickets, plus another four tickets to the Friday, December 19 concert to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post, no later than Sunday, December 14, 2014, sharing your favorite holiday music tradition.  I will randomly choose a winner on December 15 and notify him or her by email; your tickets will be under your name at the Tobin Center box office.

One of the joys of taking my kids to see Nutcracker again was experiencing it at the Tobin Center for the first time. Read more: “Our family tradition: Ballet San Antonio’s The Nutcracker”, Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog, November 20, 2014; “F.T. and G.N. review Ballet San Antonio’s Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony”, Inga Cotton, San Antonio Charter Moms, November 30, 2014.

Entrance to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | San Antonio Charter Moms

The Tobin Center’s H-E-B Performance Hall has rich acoustics that allow you to hear more of the amazing sound of the orchestra: the highs and lows, the loud and soft, the sustained notes and the jittery ones. My friends and I toured the Tobin Center earlier this season with OPERA San Antonio; read more in this earlier post.

H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center | San Antonio Charter Moms

Likewise, Holiday Pops will be at the Tobin Center for the first time this year. Last year, as described in this earlier post, the Sunday afternoon family concert was at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium, while the Friday and Saturday evening concerts were at the Majestic Theatre. This year, the program will be the same for all three concerts: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.; there is no separate program for the Sunday afternoon concert, but families are still welcome. Once the music starts, you might be surprised by how your children stop fidgeting and get swept up by the beauty of it.

HEB Performance Hall at the Tobin Center | San Antonio Charter Moms

I learned about these details from Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. The Symphony is keeping many traditions from past Holiday Pops concerts, while adding to the program to keep it fresh.

These traditions will continue:

  • Orchestra members wearing festive costumes. (Fujimoto says it can be distracting for the conductor, especially some of the more creative Halloween costumes, but it’s worth it.)
  • There might be a visit from Santa Claus.
  • A multicultural, multi-holiday program.

This year’s Holiday Pops has some differences from last year’s concerts.

Last year, the Symphony partnered with the Mastersingers. This year, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio will join the Symphony on stage. Like the Symphony, the Children’s Chorus is a resident company at the Tobin Center. For this year, the Children’s Chorus is being led by Doreen Rao, an interim leader with a distinguished career, while they search for a new Artistic Director.

Sebastien de la Cruz, El Charro de Oro, soloist at Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

This year, the Symphony will have a special guest solist: Sebastien de la Cruz, El Charro de Oro. He will participate in the medley of Latin American Christmas carols, an ongoing Holiday Pops tradition; Fujimoto noted that this year’s program includes two more carols from the same arranger. De la Cruz will also sing Feliz Navidad—sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Feliz Navidad is part of a jazzy block that also includes an arrangement of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. (If you’re a White Christmas fan, you can also catch the musical at the Woodlawn Theatre through December 28, and screenings of the 1954 film at the McNay on December 18 and Villa Finale on December 19.)

Continuing the film score theme, the program will include music from Disney’s A Christmas Carol, songs from It’s a Wonderful Life (concluding with Auld Lang Syne), and a Frozen medley.

I am looking forward to hearing the Children’s Chorus perform a cappella, and also joining in the audience sing-along.

Read more about Holiday Pops:

The easiest way to buy tickets is online, through the Tobin Center website. To buy tickets by phone, call the Tobin Center Box Office at 210-223-8624; the phone lines are open Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. To buy tickets in person, go downtown to 100 Auditorium Circle (map); the box office is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and for one hour prior to curtain.

For more enrichment ideas, see “Holidays in San Antonio: Arts and Cultural Activities for Families”, Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog, October 27, 2014.

If you would you like to enter the giveaway for a four-pack of tickets to the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert on Friday, December 19, 2014, please leave a comment: What is your favorite holiday music tradition? The winner will get an email on December 15. Good luck!

Disclosure: The San Antonio Symphony gave me tickets for my family to use, and four tickets to give away.

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  1. I love the Christmas Bell-ringers Concert at our church. We go every year.

  2. As soon as Thanks Giving has past we tune in to Christmas music! My six yr old son loves it!! I also just started tuning in to public radio, he is now developing a taste for classical music. They played the Nutcracker on our way yesterday. I asked him if he would like going to a performance in the future and he was very interested. I am sure he would leave Tobin center wanting to learn how to play an instrument!!

  3. Making and decorating the little sugar cookies that you create with a cookie press while Christmas carols play in the background. Definitely a favorite holiday tradition. On a side note – saw Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra last night at the Tobin. Great show. Great theatre.

  4. Oops. Made a typo of my own name! Great write up Inga. You know I love the stmphony

  5. When my girls were very little we would watch the Nutcracker ballet on television or video. Sometimes with their Mima when we visited. My girls love the Nutcracker ballet although, sadly, none of them dance. Two years ago, on our drive home from the Ballet San Antonio’s rendition, they excitedly chatted in detail about the dancers, the costumes and the way the Nutcracker story was portrayed. We pulled into the driveway to our door broken and standing open. According to our neighbors we had narrowly missed walking into a burglary of our home after the performance. Last year they wanted to stay home and watch the video — trepidation from the previous year’s experience haunting them maybe? This year I am committed to find a way to replace one year’s negative association with a new fresh experience that still allows them to experience the arts and enrich their souls. THANKS for the brilliant inspiration, Inga! I’m off to see what seats are still available for Holiday Pops!

  6. Love going to the Nutcracker. One year, C. and I went. (it was the first time he was actually old enough to remember and his sisters weren’t dancing) As it began, he watched quietly, the curtains went up, the stage filled, he turned and looked at me as he said, “This is a ballet?!” He did enjoy it. We like to see the Nutcracker, go caroling when we can, and love listening to Straight No Chaser’s Christmas Album.

  7. I always like hearing the symphony play Sleigh Ride. It brings a joyous feeling in the air.

  8. Me and my family always listen to q1019 for Christmas music all day on Christmas Eve! We do it every year!

  9. Best thing I like of the Chrisman holidays is going to see the kids sing Chrisman carols. Also on top of that being in harmony with the family and God.

  10. In addition to decorating the tree & home, we love singing and dancing to Christmas music, watching The Sound of Music, and Spending Christmas Eve at church!

  11. We’ll since my dad Rick Flores lives in MD he comes to visit SA n to spend time with him as a family we sit down and watch the nutcracker on TV since we can’t be there in person

  12. Our favorite holiday music tradition is going downtown and taking a carriage ride throught the city. We put Christmas music on our phone while we stroll through the streets. After our carriage ride we hang out at Alamo Plaza where there is usually always some sort of enterainment for us!

  13. me and my family always listen to Christmas carols at our church and we watching The Nutcracker on TV! Would love to go to see this at the Tobin Center!

  14. As a child we would attend the Nutcracker every year. I never appreciated the beauty until I was older and took my oldest daughter. I attended the Rocketts Holiday musical and thought it was amazing. This is my favorite time of the year. A new family tradition in the making:)

  15. Our favorite music tradition is caroling to different nursing homes in the city. Our family does it every year since I was a kid and now my kids now enjoy dressing up in silly hats and handing out Christmas cards and candy canes. It’s amazing!

  16. my two favorite traditions growing up in RI were attending the Nutcracker and RI Civic Choral performing the MESSIAH

  17. I started taking my oldest daughter, who is now 8, to see a local church’s Christmas Pageant when she was 5. My youngest, who is 5, has now joined us in this tradition, and we had a great time. Our neighbors sing in the choir so they invite us and we love to go see this production, as it is different every year, but so wonderful to see and hear!

  18. Once I went to the Holiday Pops concert, and there was a gospel portion that absolutely gave me goosebumps.

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