The holiday season at Atlanta's Symphony Hall was a mixed bag:
1. There was a leaden performance of the Bach Gloria from the B Minor Mass. The annual performance of the "Messiah" was not much better. Word to anyone interested: if you are a choral conductor, don't forget you have to conduct both the orchestra and the chorus. Multi-tasking is important.
2. Celtic Woman presented a holiday program full of overly-familiar Christmas music, with little that is "Celtic." They seem to be latter day versions of the Stepford Wives. I have had my supply of saccharine for the next decade.
3. There was a Pops concert featuring singer Jodi Benson. I am sure that many like this kind of thing, but my ears bled for two days after hearing Ms. Benson's caterwauling.
4. There was a non-holiday concert by the group "Under the Streetlamp." These four men are talented and they never condescend to their material. For me, it was a thoroughly enjoyable performance.
Outside of Symphony Hall there was a concert by the "New Trinity Baroque." See my review elsewhere. This was the highlight concert of the holiday season. This is a great ensemble that never fails to deliver a great performance.