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The Symphony invites military families to come Home for the Holidays

Thousands of active-duty military members and veterans are stationed and live in the San Diego area. The holiday season finds many of our friends and neighbors separated from their loved ones deployed around the world. For the 11th year in a row, the San Diego Symphony is honored to recognize their sacrifice and share in some holiday cheer by offering a free concert at Copley Symphony Hall for active-duty military, veterans and their families.

Each year, our 2,200-seat hall is completely filled with the sounds of happy families enjoying a 90-minute concert with the orchestra. The “Home for the Holidays” concert is similar to the Symphony’s annual “Noel Noel” holiday concert, but it is only open to our military families in the community.

“Being able to present Home for the Holidays each year is such a vital component of the San Diego Symphony’s engagement of our military community,” said Annual Fund Manager Paige Kobdish. “It is also one of my favorite parts of my job as a member of the Institutional Advancement team.”

Kobdish raises the funds to sponsor the free tickets that military families get to enjoy. Donor gifts make it possible for the Home for the Holidays concert to be free for military families. A $50 gift sponsors two tickets for military families to attend and share in the joy of the season.

“I love seeing families come dressed up and excited to experience the Symphony together. During the concert, I always sneak into the back of the hall to hear the audience singing along to holiday songs. Each year without fail, I cannot help but tear up during the Armed Forces Salute when each branch our nation’s military is encouraged to stand up during their branch’s anthem to receive applause and thanks for their great service. Home for the Holidays is a way that the Symphony says “thank you” to our troops and their families for the sacrifice they make every day to serve our country.”

Home for the Holidays is at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15. Before the concert, families can enjoy an instrument discovery zone, coloring station and a special visit with Santa Claus himself.

If you would like to make the gift of music possible to someone in your neighborhood this holiday season, click here for more information on how to sponsor a military family.


This post was written by Marketing Content Editor Kelly Hillock.

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