The holiday season is definitely my favorite time of year and I start listening to Christmas music long before any radio station decides to get their act together and join the party. When I was invited to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops concert, I was so excited!
This was the first orchestra concert that I would be taking Adalyn to, and I was both excited and nervous because I didn’t know how she would do or what she would think. We got to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center early so that we could wander and explore, soaking in all of the beautiful Christmas decor and atmosphere.
Our seats were perfect and were in orchestra left on the floor. Adalyn was giddy with excitement when we got to our seats because there was so much to look at and take in from the people coming in to take their seats, to the enormous pipe organ, the choir stands and the musicians tuning up.
The concert itself was absolutely amazing. They played a wide variety of songs from around the world, some traditional ones that I knew (Handel’s Messiah and mixed with some that I hadn’t heard before. The enormous Dallas Symphony Chorus was complimented by guest soloist, Reginald Smith, Jr. who shared his absolutely stunning vocal gift for songs like “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”& “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (among many others) His narration of “The Night Before Christmas” and “The Nativity” were poignant.
To my surprise, Adalyn loved every second of the concert, even the songs she didn’t know. The excitement of seeing so many talented musicians and singers perform definitely captured her attention for the entire duration. Her favorite part was the sing-along for “The 12 Days of Christmas” where Santa walked around with a microphone asking audience members to sing the “five gold rings” chorus. She was disappointed that she didn’t get chosen, but she sure had fun singing along!
The close of the concert was festive and fun with the chorus and musicians wearing festive holiday headwear as they sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” while snow fell from above. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful holiday concert. (Although it was over way too soon.)
If you are looking for an excuse to break out your best party attire for a night on the town that won’t disappoint, then CLICK HERE to get your tickets. There are several shows left, but you need to hurry! The last Christmas Pops show is this Sunday, December 15th. There are, however, other holiday shows available through December 22nd as well as one on New Year’s Eve as well. Head to the link above to learn about all of the other upcoming shows.