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Winter Tradition Continues with Waco Symphony's Holiday Pops

Dec. 10, 2009

This Friday evening will mark the second consecutive snowy Friday here in Waco. OK, maybe that's a bit of a stretch. But the annual indoor snowfall at the Symphony's Holiday Pops concert may remind people of lunchtime last Friday, this time inside of Waco Hall instead of out of it. The show itself will remind regular attendees of previous Holiday pops concerts, with some new twists as well. Conductor Stephen Heyde:

Those special touches are a fun part of the job for Heyde and the orchestra. He says it's a fun job delivering the favorites people expect every year from the symphony, but also finding those different angles to keep it fresh.

This year, it's something you don't always hear with the symphony: rhythm and brass, both the instruments and a band of the same name.

Amidst the differences, Heyde wants to make sure that people, much like they do in their own homes, find those touches that they enjoy every year.

And it's that snow medley that brings in perhaps one of the favorite traditions: snow inside the music hall. This year, mother nature beat the Symphony to the punch, something that doesn't happen very often. But given the infrequency of snow here, the audience shouldn't mind too much. And while it snows around him, Stephen Heyde conducts the same favorites each year.

There are still seats available for tomorrow night's show; you can find a link at our website, kwbu.org. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.



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