Holiday Pops concerts return

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Dec. 22, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. The performances are part of the Rockford Health System Pops Series and are sponsored by Alpine Bank.

The concerts will feature a blend of holiday melodies, including “Carol of the Bells,” “Rhapsody in Blue Christmas,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” and Billy Joel’s “Egg Nog Rag.” The audience will be invited to lend their voices during a sing-along of carols and holiday tunes. Joining Maestro Steven Larsen and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra are pianist Rich Ridenour, and Kantorei, directed by Joel Ross.

Ross, Kantorei’s music director, is celebrating his 25th and final year as director. He is a winner of the “Star Teacher” Mayor’s Arts Award and the Mendelssohn “Starr of Excellence” Award. Ross also is a professional pianist, vocalist, choral clinician, and an award-winning composer and arranger of choral music, and a contracted member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. 

The Brass Choir from the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform holiday tunes on the stage of the Coronado at 2:20 p.m. prior to the Dec. 22 performance.

Tickets for this concert are available on the web at or by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 815-965-0049. Ticket prices range from $22 to $60. Student tickets are available for $7.

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