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Holiday Pops For All Ages With San Antonio Symphony & Children's Chorus

There are three chances to go to Holiday Pops and hear seasonal favorites with Akiko Fujimoto and the San Antonio Symphony featuring guest vocalists Cristal Smith, Eric Schmidt, and the Children's Chorus of San Antonio this weekend.

The first two concerts are at the Majestic Theatre and include holiday classics by Leroy Anderson, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Rutter.

Sunday afternoon, a shorter concert geared for children is at Laurie Auditorium, celebrating the wintry cheer of Christmas and other yuletide holidays. Be sure to arrive early for musical crafts and games, such as the "Name (and Sing) that Holiday Carol" game.

Marguerite McCormick talks about CCSA with SA Symphony

Performances are:

  • Friday & Saturday December 21 & 22 at 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor; Eric Schmidt, tenor; Cristal Smith, Contralto/Gospel Artist; and The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Marguerite McCormick, director

  • Sunday December 23, 2:30 p.m.  Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium

Pre-concert activities begin at 1:30 p.m., Akiko Fujimoto, conductor; Cristal Smith, vocalist; and Children’s Chorus of San Antonio

John Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania.