Christmas

Holiday Pops Spectacular

When: Sat., Dec. 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 2017

The Compton Heights Concert Band is renowned for its summer concert series in Tower Grove Park, but it also performs one show every winter: its Holiday Pops Spectacular. Joined by frequent guest Hugh K. Smith (tenor) and St. Louis' own Gina Galati (soprano), the band performs a family-friendly program of Christmas carols and sacred classics. The big finish is the best bit of Handel's Messiah, the Hallelujah Chorus, with all hands on deck and additional vocal reinforcements in the form of the East Central College Combined Choirs. Performances are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; www.chband.org).

Paul Friswold