Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quicker than classic seasonal tunes. An Atlanta tradition that dates back to the conductor Robert Shaw era, the Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is a fantastic event.

Broken into four parts: Prophecy and Advent, the Stable, Around the Christmas Tree, and Adoration. Each are sung by the Morehouse College Glee Club under the director David Morrow and the Gwinnett Young Singers with the beautiful sounds of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus on the stage, bringing these seminal classics to life. The over two-hundred-member sound machine rests under the watchful eye of the conductor Norman Mackenzie, who was all smiles that mystical afternoon that I attended.

The high points for me were being able to sing along with several numbers and, having just attended the Nutcracker, to be able to relive those Tchaikovsky favorites.  I was ready with the first Noel. I really enjoyed being able to mix in some old school Latin verses in the “Adeste, Fideles” was fantastic.  Saying “Venite adoremus, Dominum!” is the same as “Oh Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

The Morehouse College Glee Club brought out some fancy moves as they clapped their hands in unison. A strong beat uplifted an old world sound.

It is a busy season for the ASO, they have a host of programs to enjoy and is the perfect way to rally family and friends around the great tree and sing along as we anticipate the big day. I plan to catch a few more before the grand finale of the season, the New Year’s Eve program with crooner and pianist extraordinaire Tony DeSare and his trio. Ring in the New Year with the funniest straight man Michael Krajewski and the ASO with classic American Standards.

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If you missed this performance, this performance was recorded to be broadcast on WABE 90.1 and the Georgia Broadcasting’s statewide network.