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Charleston Symphony’s annual concert, Holiday Pops, has come a long way from its beginnings as a choral concert decades ago. 

“What I want to do since I’ve become conductor of the Pops series is to expand on it, make it a tremendous variety show and use this opportunity to truly uplift everyone’s spirits,” said conductor Yuriy Bekker. 

Both Holiday Pops concerts will showcase the Charleston Symphony Orchestra chorus directed by Dr. Robert Taylor and Wando High School chorus directed by Eric Wilkinson. The events include dancers, guest vocalists, pipers and special appearances by Frosty the Snowman, Saint Nick and more at The Gaillard Center Dec. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

Concert goers can enjoy performances from barbershop quartet The Charlestones and gospel pop vocalist Kanika Moore. Song selections range from traditional tunes and Christmas carols to orchestral selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Duke Ellington’s jazzy Nutcracker Suite. 

“Holiday Pops is for everyone in the city,” Bekker said. “Our door is wide open for everyone to come and enjoy and be part of the celebration.”

Tickets starting at $25 are available here, and the purchase of two tickets includes a free pass to the James Island Festival of Lights while supplies last.