Season comes alive as Michigan Philharmonic celebrates holiday music from around the world

Performances planned in cities of Plymouth, Brighton and Taylor

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Michimich -- Young and old alike in several metro communities can enjoy joyous holiday music thanks to Michigan's largest regional symphony orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic. (

Led by longtime conductor Nan Washburn, the Philharmonic will perform in Plymouth, Brighton and Taylor during the month of December, offering a wide array of holiday pops, classical and other celebratory seasonal music.

A longtime community tradition, the Michigan Phil's annual "Holiday Pops with the Phil" concert will include two performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 in Plymouth's historic Penn Theatre (760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth). Limited tickets are still available at

Then on Saturday, Dec. 10, the Philharmonic will travel to Brighton Center for Performing Arts for a holiday pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Lastly, the Phil journeys to Taylor on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a performance in the Prechter Center for Performing Arts at Wayne County Community College.

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During both of the concerts in Plymouth and Brighton, Philharmonic trombonists Brooks Barnes and George Troia, Jr. will be featured performing on Frantisek Tuma's "Sonata in E minor for 2 Trombones and Strings." The duo will also be featured on "Home for the Holidays" by Al Stillman & Robert Allen

Other holiday pieces will include "Christmas Rocks at the Pops" arranged by Ralph Ford; "Around the World at Christmas Time" arranged by Bruce Chase; "Chanukah Festival Overture" arranged by Calvin Custer; "Christmas on Broadway" arranged by John Higgins; "Brazilian Sleigh Bells" by Percy Faith; "A Home Alone Christmas" by John Williams; "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra; "Jingle Bells Forever" by J. Pierpont and J.P. Sousa; and "Let it Snow" by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.

A sing-along of George Frederick Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" will wrap up the 8 p.m. performance in Plymouth. "Let it Snow" will also give the audience a chance to sing along.

All of the Philharmonic's concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions already in place at the venues listed.

Source: Michigan Philharmonic

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