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May 24, 2020








Houses will be decorated for the tour. Courtesy photo.

Symphony NH’s holiday events

Holiday House Tour
Where: Home addresses will be given after buying tickets; the Hunt Building is at 6 Main St., Nashua
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $20
Contact:, 595-9156
Holiday Pops
Where: Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua
When: Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.
Admission: $18 to $49, $15 for students, free for ages 5 to 15 with adult admission

Symphony NH does Christmas
Get inspiration and merriment at home tour, concert

By Kelly Sennott

Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit? Symphony NH can get you started with a home tour and concert.

Holiday House Tour
If you’re not in the mood to get out the garland, wreaths and lights for your own home holiday decor, find inspiration at Symphony New Hampshire’s Holiday House Tour Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, from noon to 4 p.m.
The event showcases volunteerism at its finest, Friends of Symphony NH President Glynis Gordon said via phone. Designers, homeowners, florists, event organizers and musicians help put it all together, and planning starts about a year in advance. The Friends will begin finding homeowner volunteers for the 2016 tour right now, as houses need to be accessible and big enough to accommodate gaggles of visitors trekking through, and designers need time to envision and execute their creation.
All of it’s done through donation.
“The designers are donating their time, sometimes a significant amount of time depending on how many rooms they decide to show,” Gordon said. “We also have florists who devote their time to decorating and bringing in flowers or arrangements, or some sort of greenery to make the house look really fresh and beautiful.”
The result is a wonderland tour of four festively decorated Nashua homes, all located a short drive away from one another. This year, tourists can also stop at the Hunt Memorial Building for cider, cookies and a complimentary tour through its Festival Trees.
At the stops, candles will light windows and garland will cover doors and walls. “Happy Holidays” signs will hang in living rooms, and bannisters will be wrapped in ribbon. Everything from the table tops to the napkin-holders will be adorned with holiday glitz. 
Holiday Pops
After years of holiday concerts, Executive Director Eric Valliere said he and Music Director Jonathan McPhee have Symphony NH’s December concert down to a perfect formula.
The orchestra is larger than a traditional Symphony NH concert’s, and it’s heavier on brass, wind and percussion. The songs are lighthearted, varietal and accessible, from “We Need a Little Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to “Home Alone” and “The Polar Express.”
“We’ve been experimenting with different formats for our December concert for probably five or six years. We’ve done a holiday pops cabaret, a Glenn Miller Christmas, a Renaissance Christmas, but the one that really seems to connect with the community is the traditional holiday pops concert. This is the third year in a row we’ve done holiday pops, and people really do like it and expect it. Last year, it pretty much sold out, and I expect it to be really big this year too,” Valliere said via phone.
The New World Chorale, under the direction of Holly Krafka, will join, Santa will visit, and the hall will be decked with holly, wreaths and lights to create a more festive atmosphere.
Valliere said it’s been a great season thus far, and they’re already prepping for the biggest concert of the year in April, which includes excerpts from Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre,” plus accompaniment from the Lexington Symphony. 
But before then, the symphony presents this opportunity to listen, relax and jump into the season. Toward the end of the concert are holiday sing-alongs.
“We did that last year and everybody loved it,” McPhee said via email. “We had a chorus of about a thousand people.” 

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