Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents Annual Holiday Pops Concert

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Concert to feature nationally-renowned Timothy Jones as special guest

The 2012 Holiday Trail of Lights features holiday attractions in Shreveport-Bossier, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches, Minden and Alexandria-Pineville

The concert’s very existence is a tradition and it has a lot of tunes that everybody knows.

Holiday music takes center stage this weekend with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Holiday Pops Concert set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, both at Riverview Theater, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport.

Shreveport native and nationally-renowned bass-baritone Timothy Jones will be this year’s special guest. Jones has performed with symphonies and orchestras throughout the country, including Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh and more. Jones will perform alongside the symphony, as well as the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Chorus with dance by the Louisiana Dance Theatre and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

“The concert’s very existence is a tradition and it has a lot of tunes that everybody knows. There’s some twist on those tunes, but it’s something that’s comfort food for the ears and also for the eyes since we feature special décor,” Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Lois Robinson said. Tickets are $15-$50 and can be purchased online at http://www.shreveportsymphony.com.

Holiday Pops is one of two Shreveport events happening this weekend. The Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols at St. Mark’s will be 5:30 p.m. until, Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, 908 Rutherford St. in Shreveport. Admission is free. The popular holiday attraction will feature a mix of familiar and lesser-known carols performed by all of the cathedral’s choirs, as well as live readings of lessons pertaining to the birth of Christ.

Both events are part of the Holiday Trail of Lights, which includes holiday festivities in Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches and Alexandria-Pineville. Here’s what else is happening this week:

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation will host the Holiday Tour of Homes, 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Landmark Historic District, 781 Front St. Tickets are $15-$40 and available at http://historicfoundation.org. Call (800) 259-1714 for more information.

The Springhill Main Street Annual “Christmas on Main,” featuring free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be 10 a.m. until, Thursday, Dec. 13, at AmJenn’s Soups & Scoops, 218 North Main Street in Springhill. Call (318) 539-5699 for more information.

Go back in time with an Old-Fashioned Christmas featuring antique glassware, furniture, pottery, dinnerware and more, held noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Antique Alley in Monroe. Call (800) 843-1872 or visit http://www.christmasontheriver.org for more information.

The 12 Nights of Christmas continues in Alexandria-Pineville with the 11th Night, held 11 a.m. until, Saturday, Dec. 15, and sponsored by TREE House Children’s Museum at 1403 3rd St., Alexandria. Participants can create ornaments, learn about plantation toys, folk art, see Polar Express running the rails, and more at the museum. Admission is $4. Visit http://www.kidtreehouse.org to learn more.

Stay up to date with events in Shreveport-Bossier and its Holiday Trail of Lights partners by visiting online at http://www.HolidayTrailofLights.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebookcom/HolidayTrailofLights. Also visit http://www.ShreveportBossierFunGuide.com for all event happenings in Shreveport-Bossier.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Donecia Pea, Communications Coordinator
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
Office: (318) 222-9391 ext. 144
dpea(at)sbctb.org

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