The Philly POPS kicks off its Christmas Spectacular concert series with the second annual I’ll be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders. On December 4, the POPS will donate 2,000 tickets to members of the military, fire and police departments, and their families on opening night of its holiday show.
The evening’s program features Mayor Michael Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer and Rear Adm. Thomas Lynch.
The show is a highlight of the Philly POPS Salute Series: holiday concerts throughout the year that celebrate the American tradition of service. The Salute Series attracts 31,000 people annually — the largest audience of any POPS series.
Celebrated conductor David Charles Abell will return this year to lead the POPS through the holiday season. Abell and the POPS will be joined by guest vocalist (and seasoned Broadway veteran) Lisa Vroman, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, the POPS Festival Chorus, organist Peter Richard Conte and a USO singing troupe.
The public can buy tickets for nine subsequent Christmas Spectacular shows.