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Music Review

Pops bring new twists to holiday classics

Like all holiday (and other) traditions, the annual Holiday Pops concert is not about experiencing the new and different, but experiencing the old and familiar again. So, that annual event now heading into its fifth decade, and once again featuring the combined forces of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, kicked off at Symphony Hall on Wednesday evening and followed its usual path.

The serious business of reminding us of the foundational purpose of Christmas was up front, via the invariable, magnificent presence of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” (followed shortly thereafter by a nod to Hanukkah that injected some klezmer into the classical bent of the program’s first half), and the giddy fun of singing along came at the end.

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