11/29: Cleveland Pops Orchestra at PlayhouseSquare

Cleveland Pops’ Holidays in Toyland contains an entire seasonal package wrapped into one program. There’s an orchestra, a choir of men’s voices from Baldwin-Wallace College, some holiday-movie clips, an appearance by Santa and even a good cause. Conductor Carl Topilow chose songs from movie classics like Miracle on 34th Street, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Polar Express for the program. Gordon Petitt will sing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” but there’s hardly a mean note in this show. They’re also collecting toys for the City Mission’s new toys & games collection, so don’t forget to bring something to donate. And if you really want to get in the spirit of the season, they’ll even help you adopt a dog or cat from a local shelter. Showtime is 3 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre (1615 Euclid Ave., 216.241.6000). Tickets: $10-$35. — Michael Gill

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