Deanne Bryant’s final piece on the podium at Illinois Symphony’s Holiday Pops is a glorious tribute to friendship

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Fulfilling a longstanding tradition, the youth orchestras in Springfield and Bloomington-Normal will play two songs with the Illinois Symphony this weekend as part of Holiday Pops in the Heartland. ISO music director candidate Taichi Fukumura will lead the rest of the program, in his final trip to the ISO podium as he vies for the symphony’s top job.

The program is chock full of singable holiday tunes, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Oh Holy Night” and “White Christmas,” featuring vocals by Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Megan Koch.

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