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San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.235.0804
Fax: 619.231.3848
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Normal business hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 12noon - 5pm
Sunday: 12noon - 4pm (sometimes closed)
On performance evenings, the Ticket Office
is always open through intermission.

Seniors, Military (with ID) and Student (with ID) $3 off discounts are available via phone and window sales only (no web), and can be applied to most seats. These discounts are not valid in the Grand Tier, Mezzanine I, AA and A-1 Main sections at Symphony Hall. Family Packs and ongoing Corporate discounting offers must also be processed directly though the Ticket Office window and phones. 


  • Photography and audio/video recording of any kind are not permitted in Symphony Hall's performance chamber.
  • Food and drink (plastic bottled water excepted) are not allowed inside the Symphony Hall performance chamber.
  • Absolute quiet during performance is the audience's critical role in a successful music concert. To maintain the greatest courtesy to your fellow concertgoers, please use maximum care in disabling all noisemaking devices in the performance chamber, including cell phones, pagers and malfunctioning hearing assistance devices. (Audiences of Family Festival concerts should be understanding of the natural restlessness of small children. Parents should welcome an opportunity to teach concert etiquette.)
  • Cell phone photography is strictly prohibited in the performance chamber and may result in temporary confiscation.
  • Please apply perfumes and colognes lightly in respect of others' possible allergies. 
  • All dates, programs, artists and pricing are subject to change.
  • All sales are final.
  • There are no refunds.



HOLIDAY POPS – AN AMERICANA CHRISTMAS: Traditional, Bluegrass, Gospel
A City Lights Concert
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December  21, 2pm (click here to buy)
Saturday, December 21, 8pm
Sunday, December 22, 7:30pm (click here to buy)

Matthew Garbutt, conductor
Alison Brown, banjo and guitar
San Diego Master Chorale; San Diego Children’s Choir

This year’s Holiday Pops will sparkle with something for the whole family to enjoy. It will be a celebration to remember featuring San Diego native and Grammy® Award-winning guitar and banjo player, Alison Brown. She will steal the spotlight performing festive holiday hits with a bluegrass twist. And of course the evening would not be complete without our famous traditional yuletide hits guaranteed to lift your spirits!

Note: Single ticket prices for these concerts may increase without notice. Family Packs are no longer available for these concerts.Artists,

Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso. An internationally recognized musician with a wide-reaching and loyal fan base, Brown first came to national prominence when she was asked by Alison Krauss to join her band Union Station in 1989. Brown had already made a name for herself prior to that by performing extensively with fiddler Stuart Duncan, and on occasional pick-up sessions with artists such as Vince Gill, Byron Berline and John Hickman.

In the summer of 1978 she traveled the country with Duncan and his father, playing festivals and contests. A first place finish at the Canadian National Banjo Championship helped her land a one-night gig at the Grand Ole Opry. And around the time Brown graduated from high school, she and Duncan recorded a duo album for Ridge Runner Records entitled Pre-Sequel.

Brown’s journey to a professional music career took a detour while she attended Harvard, studying history and literature, then UCLA, where she secured an MBA and went to work as an investment banker. After taking a hiatus to return to composing and recording music, Brown assembled the material for her solo debut, the Grammy®-nominated Simple Pleasures. A three-year stint with Alison Krauss and Union Station and a year serving as band leader for Michelle Shocked followed, as did bluegrass music’s highest accolade for an instrumentalist: the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 1991.

In 1995 Brown put her financial background to work, founding Compass Records with her husband Garry West. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2009, the Nashville-based Compass Records Group is an internationally recognized label group with a catalog of over 600 roots music releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet, Mulligan Records and Xenophile catalogs. Compass Records Group is home to artists such as Colin Hay, Catie Curtis, Lúnasa, Solas, Martin Hayes and The Waifs, and has been called “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade” by Billboard Magazine. Since its inception Compass Records Group (the subject of both Harvard Business School and Darden Business School case studies) has pursued an ambitious path of growth and met every goal including the most important one: providing a thriving haven of creativity for artists and a reliable beacon of quality for music fans.

Brown tours internationally with the Alison Brown Quartet, was personally requested to perform at the 2007 inauguration of Harvard’s first female president, Drew Faust, and was the 2007 recipient of Irish America Magazine’s “Stars of the South Award” for Compass Records’ efforts towards the “cultivation and preservation of Irish music.” Brown’s discography includes four releases on Vanguard Records as well as six on the Compass Records label, including The Company You Keep (March 2009). She currently lives in Nashville with her husband Garry West and their 2 children: Hannah (8) and Brendan (3).


In 1990, San Diego Children’s Choir was founded and continued under the direction of Polly Campbell, a devoted music lover and educator, until her passing in 2000. They began with only a single branch and two choir levels but a strong enrollment of 42 children. The choir now has five branches with four choir levels and over 250 participants. They also have a neighborhood outreach program that spans City Heights, Imperial Beach and National City and which continues to grow.

The SDCC not only celebrates the talents of kids in their community but also understands the importance of music in their lives. The Choir is open to girls and boys ages 4-18 from all racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. The Choir maintains and continues to cultivate an organization where music is not only taught, but also revered for being a building tool for confidence and responsibility.

The Choir provides the youth of San Diego opportunities for artistic and personal growth through choral music performance. These young musicians focus on cultivating, blending and challenging their vocal abilities while being part of a proud group of choristers. The children are taught music theory, sight reading and tonal accuracy with consistent rehearsal schedules. Along with the many opportunities to sing within San Diego, the Choir has also shared their vocal stylings in Italy, Australia, England and other locales, including France’s Chartres Cathedral!

Dr. Aaron Mitchell is SDCC's Artistic Director, for which he oversees the artistic operations of the organization, and directs the Concert and Youth Choirs. Dr. Mitchell has served as the Director of Choral Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, where he also led the University Orchestra. His choirs have been selected to perform at national conferences of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and divisional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Mitchell has prepared choruses for performance of choral-orchestral masterworks with professional orchestras including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Regina Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony (as assistant conductor) for guest maestro James Levine. He has lived and led choirs in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil, ranging from children’s choirs to symphonic choruses, and is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Recent guest conducting engagements include festivals and honor choirs in Brazil, Canada, Montana, North Dakota and Indiana. Dr. Mitchell holds a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia.


December 20 - December 21, 2013

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