The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) had community members singing “Joy to the World” as they announced the return of their holiday concert this year. For the first time in four years, the Symphony will present a joyful celebration of the Christmas season featuring popular holiday music performed in grand style by the orchestra. The community is invited to join the Symphony for “Home for the Holidays” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.

Maestro Chelsea Tipton said this concert includes a variety of musical selections that everyone will easily recognize. “People are really going to enjoy these popular holiday songs, and our orchestra performs them so magnificently,” he said. The sounds of “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” “The Hallelujah Chorus,” “Sleigh Ride,” and a holiday sing-a-long will fill the theatre with Christmas cheer.

The Symphony has not performed a holiday concert in four years, and patrons are excited for the return. According to SOST Executive Director Craig Escamilla, the concert represents a great way for families to start a new and festive tradition of holiday celebration. “Tickets to this concert would also make great Christmas gifts for family, friends and co-workers,” he added.

 Immediately following the concert, guests are invited to a reception in the Julie Rogers Theatre Lobby featuring delectable desserts and a candy bar for young Symphony fans.

The holiday concert is not part of the SOST season subscription package. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors/students. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to or contact the Symphony office at 892-2257.

This concert is sponsored by the Symphony League of Beaumont.

The Symphony of Southeast Texas celebrates “A Sparkling 60th Season of Symphonic Sounds” in 2012-2013. Since the inaugural performance of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra on May 12, 1953, the organization has continued to uphold its mission of presenting educational, entertaining, and culturally enriching programs of the highest artistic quality to the Southeast Texas community.