Holiday Family Pops Features Rare Live Performance of Classic

Posted by: Beth Wakefield - December, 7th 2018 @ 12:08 pm

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert will feature a rare live performance with orchestra soundtrack of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film The Snowman. Performances are Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington and Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Tickets are available online at


Originally published in 1978, The Snowman, created and illustrated by Raymond Briggs, has become one of the world’s most popular children’s books, selling over 8.5 million copies worldwide. In 1982, the book was adapted into a 26-minute animated film that has turned into a holiday classic and is back by popular demand after a successful ISO premiere last season. These performances feature Boy Soprano Harrison Faulkner of Springfield.


This festive family concert also includes such Holiday favorites as Sleigh Ride, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Skaters Waltz, The Nutcracker, Chanukah Suite and more.


The ISO, led by Music Director Ken Lam, is joined by area performing arts groups including the Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony, Twin Cities Ballet, Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance Group.


Fun, holiday craft activities for children will begin at 6:30 p.m. each night and the first 50 children participating will receive a complimentary copy of The Snowman.


Tickets are $20, $41 and $63. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, children under 6 are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts and group discounts are also available. In addition to online purchases, tickets are available in Springfield via the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington via the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Prices exclude processing fees.


Holiday Pops in the Heartland is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive, series sponsor Children’s Hospital HSHS St. John’s, concert sponsors US Bank, Springfield Electric – Community Funds of the Land of Lincoln, 98.7 WNNS, and WGLT 89.1 Bloomington-Normal's Public Media.