Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra To Hold Holiday Pops Concert

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra will be lifting spirits next Saturday with their Holiday Pops concert.
The holiday season is in full swing, and now get into the Christmas spirit when the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert takes place on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town Hall. The orchestra's Holiday Pops concert is part of its annual symphony season and as per tradition will host the New World Chorale.

The Claflin Hill Symphony is one of the region’s most prominent professional symphony orchestra, called “one of the finest regional orchestras in the country, bar none” by WGBH Music commentator Ron Della Chiesa. The CHSO sponsors a remarkable outreach program that helps youth perfect their musical talents and build long-lasting appreciation for music.

Holly MacEwen Krafka will direct and host the show along with CHSO Founder and Director Paul Surapine. During the 2-3 hour Holiday Pops celebration, you'll hear all of your seasonal favorites and sing-a-longs, and the orchestra will play its signature pieces such as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleighride” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah. The Mannheim Steamroller arrangement of “Silent Night” and the Amy Grant “Breath of Heaven" are especially breathtaking. The CHSO Holiday Pops also offer selections in celebration of Hannukah. 

A special show

For this year’s Holiday Pops edition, Krafka and Surapine have programmed a “Holidays Around the World” theme to the program, including holiday music from Russia, Italy, Germany, England, France and more. But don't worry, you'll be back to traditional American tunes by the second half of the concert. There may even be a visit from Santa Claus!

Claflin Hill will also be collecting toys for homeless families this year. Patrons who wish to donate a gift should bring a new, unwrapped gift to the concert. The toy donations will be distributed in partnership with the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce, who is helping to assist in brightening the holidays for many homeless families who are presently living in motel rooms throughout the region.

Ticket prices for Holiday Pops range from $25-39 and are available online by visiting the Claflin Hill website at The show will take place at 52 Main Street, Route 16 in Downtown Milford. For more information about Claflin Hill’s 2013-14  Symphony Season visit the website or call 508-478-5924.

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