In its 22nd year, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Gala Holiday Pops performance is likely a well-known tradition for a lot of Rochester families celebrating the season — but it's still worth highlighting for the orchestra's engaging and beautiful performance. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead the performance, which will feature the Festival High School Chorale (Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors) and the Community Children's Chorus (directed by Karla Krogstad). A few RPO musicians will also be highlighted: trumpet player Herb Smith will appear as a vocalist, and principal trombonist Mark Kellogg, his wife, flutist Joanna Bassett, and their son Rob Kellogg (vocalist) will be featured.
The RPO will perform its Holiday Pops concert on Friday, December 18, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 19, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 20, at 2 p.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. $22-$109. rpo.org.