The Columbus Symphony Will Be Airing Their Holiday Spectacular On Local Television This Year

Photo by Will Brenner.

You can bring the magic of the holidays right to your living room with a very special performance.

The Columbus Symphony will be airing their Holiday Spectacular on local television. The orchestra will be conducted by CSO Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chaftez and the performers will be filmed onstage at the Ohio Theatre.

Full of classic carols and holiday pop songs, the performance will feature the Columbus Symphony Chorus, Columbus Children’s Choir, and special guest vocalist N’Kenge. There will even be a special appearance by Santa Claus.

“We were unable to present our annual Holiday Pops or performances of Messiah in 2020 due to the pandemic, so we wanted to do something next level for the holidays,” stated CSO Executive Director Denise Rehg. “Through these two television specials, we are literally taking our ‘Holiday Spectacular’ directly into central Ohio homes, giving viewers the opportunity to celebrate the season with the Columbus Symphony, some for the first time, right in their own living rooms.”

CSO Holiday Spectacular Special Performer, N’Kenge. Photo by Will Brenner.

The performance will air on both WBSN-TV CBS 10 and WCMH-TV NBC 4. The 10TV performance will take place on Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. The NBC 4 performance will air at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day.

If you miss the performance when it airs on television, you can always stream it on the CSO website for free at 8 p.m. on December 25 through midnight on December 31.

The concert will be made available for viewing on the CSO web site free of charge at 8pm on Friday, December 25, through midnight on Thursday, December 31.

For more info about the Columbus Symphony Holiday Spectacular, you can visit their website at

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