The tradition of the holiday "pops" program is a well-established one at the symphony, and this weekend's concerts are just what you'd expect: yuletide classics, a guest performer (theatre and film singer Whitney Claire Kaufman), and a visit from St. Nick himself.
It has been a heavy month or so for the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. On November 16th they performed Britten 's dramatic Peter Grimes at Powell, followed by a repeat performance at Carnegie Hall on November 22nd, Britten 's centenary. At the same time they were rehearsing the first three cantatas of Bach 's 1734-35 Christmas Oratorio for concerts this Friday and Saturday (December 6 and 7) with David Robertson and the orchestra.
As the years pass and our resiliency and zest for living may diminish, we need a means to gauge the extent of the damage. Christmas music is just this instrument and rebellious polka stalwarts Brave Combo hereby prove themselves the scientists to wield it.