It's that time of year again — time to hear the songs of the season at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Holiday Pops concerts at the Embassy.
To keep things fresh, the Phil has to change it up a little each year.
On the second weekend of the series, Dec. 20 and 21, members of the Fort Wayne Ballet will perform onstage to a couple of pieces from Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker.” This weekend's Pops performances will feature the music, but not the dancers, as they will be busy with the ballet's performances of “The Nutcracker.”
Also new this year, assistant conductor Sameer Patel will conduct the Holiday Pops concerts for the first time.
While some things will change, others will stay the same. For example, this year's Pops concerts will feature the same four performers from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music who performed last year.
“The singers keep the show light and fun,” said Doug Dennis, patron relations manager for the Phil.
The Philharmonic Chorus and the Fort Wayne Children's Choir will perform as well. As usual, a sing-along will be part of the fun.
The musical selections include “Ave Maria” and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah,” as well as some lighthearted seasonal tunes.
“It's a good mix of sacred and secular (music),” Dennis said.