On December 2, 2015 the Penn Club of Boston kicked off the holiday season at the opening night of the Boston Holiday Pops. A New England tradition for over 30 years, the Holiday Pops features the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Penn alumni of all ages gathered at Symphony Hall, which is widely regarded as one of the top concert halls in the world, prior to the performance. The group was seated in the orchestra section and enjoyed the cabaret table style seating, which allowed for the easy exchange of stories about Penn over refreshments. The festive atmosphere and the holiday decorations enhanced the experience.
Opening night began with Christmas classics such as the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah and Christmas Canticles. Justin Hopkins, baritone and narrator, treated the audience to a telling of The Christmas Story accompanied by illustrations from the works of New England native Tomie dePaola.
Other holiday favorites performed included Baby It’s Cold Outside and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm. Boston Public Radio host and Penn Alum Jim Braude along with co-host Margery Eagan recounted ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which culminated in a visit from Santa Claus himself. The evening concluded with a spirited sing-a-long in which the entire audience participated. A great time was had by all who attended and a visit to the Holiday Pops in 2016 is already being planned – email info@pennclubofboston if you are interested!