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SSO to Present ‘Home for the Follidays’ Concert on Dec. 6

SPRINGFIELD — More than 100 choral voices, an audience sing-along, and a chorus line of tap-dancing Santas — all that and more is on the slate for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Home for the Follidays” concert at Symphony Hall. On Dec. 6, guest conductor Harvey Felder will lead members of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and renowned Jeans ‘n’ Classics vocalists Gavin Hope and Andrea Koziol in delivering a festive musical celebration with a hint of rock.

The evening’s holiday performance will continue this year’s partnership with Jeans ‘n’ Classics, star performers in the arts and entertainment scene, who combine popular sounds with the power of a world-class symphony. The evening will combine such Christmas standards as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Song”; Hanukkah favorites including “Unending Flame” and “Hal’lulu”; and seasonal selections like “Let it Snow” and “Sleigh Ride.” The Jeans ‘n’ Classics vocalists will lend their talents to orchestral arrangements of “I Listen to the Bells,” “Santa Baby,” and more. The show will also feature the return of the SSO’s Tap Dancing Santas, under the direction of choreographer and dance instructor David Michael Bovat, plus special guest cantor Martin Levson from Sinai Temple in Springfield, as well as a visit from St. Nick himself.

The evening will also feature the SSO’s 12th annual silent auction, a fund-raising event that benefits its educational and outreach programs. Auction items include spa packages, ski lift tickets, a getaway weekend, restaurant gift cards, and much more. Items will be available for browsing and bidding before the performance and during intermission, and winning bidders may claim their items immediately following the concert.

The SSO will also continue its tradition of supporting Springfield’s Children’s Study Home with a toy drive. On concert night, audience members are encouraged to make the holidays a little happier for local families in need by bringing a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Collection bins will be available on the lobby level at Symphony Hall.

“Home for the Follidays” will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. The show’s guest sponsors are Lenox and Big Y, whil the guest artist sponsors are the Gaudreau Group and DIF Design. Media Sponsors are ABC40 and BusinessWest. MassMutual Financial Group is the official sponsor of the 71st concert season. For group and individual tickets, call the Springfield Symphony Box Office at (413) 733-2291 or visit in person at 1350 Main St., Springfield. Tickets are also available online at tickets.springfieldsymphony.org.

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