New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Plans Holiday Pops Concerts

NEWARK —Ann Hampton Callaway will join the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the NJSO’s first pops program of the season—“Holidays with the NJSO”—Dec. 15 in Newark and Dec. 16 in New Brunswick. Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell, who last led the NJSO in a classical program in March, conducts the holiday program, which also features the Masterwork Chorus.

Callaway, a prolific cabaret performer and songwriter well-known to Broadway audiences, takes center stage for a concert of holiday and pops classics. She brings her trademark holiday improvisation and her interpretations of songs including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Carol of the Bells”—these performances with full orchestra bring out a special dimension in her lush, rich vocals.

The program will feature the Masterwork Chorus in holiday favorites including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” The NJSO also performs “Deck the Halls,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers” and more.

Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. The Dec.16 performance is presented in collaboration with the State Theatre.

For more information about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, visit or e-mail Tickets are available for purchase by phone 1-800-255-3476 or on the Orchestra’s website.

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