Many families around the country have their own holiday traditions they celebrate as Christmas comes for its annual visit. And to many families around Texoma, the Sherman Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas Pops concert is one of those traditions.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This concert has been moved to Jan. 5, 2014 because of the winter storm. The new venue of the concert will be Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman.

Many families around the country have their own holiday traditions they celebrate as Christmas comes for its annual visit. And to many families around Texoma, the Sherman Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas Pops concert is one of those traditions.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Sherman Symphony Orchestra will be perform its annual Christmas Pops concert at the Sid Richardson Center at Austin College.

The annual event, which often attracts between 500 and 800 people to each concert, is meant to appeal to both fans of the symphony and novices to classical music, said conductor Daniel Dominick, who has been a part of the Christmas concert for the past 22 years. The Christmas Pops concert is designed to be an entry into classical music, with shorter, familiar pieces, while still maintaining the feel of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra, said Dominick.

For the Christmas Pops concert, Dominick said he feels that the Sid Richardson Center conveys the intimacy of the event better than other local venues. For the recreation concert, the center has been decorated from top to bottom in full Christmas regalia, with concert-goers seated at round tables rather than traditional theater seating.

As a part of the family-friendly atmosphere, Dominick encouraged the audience to bring popcorn or other small snacks to the event, while children are encouraged to get up and dance with the music.

For the 2013 Christmas concert, Dominick chose to include the Prokofiev composition “Peter and the Wolf,” with narration done by Betty Harper of the Sherman Community Players. Dominick chose the piece because he wanted to keep the concert fresh and new each year, instead of playing the same pieces each year.

“We wanted it to be something they’ve never seen before,” he said.

However, “Sleigh Ride” is still planned to be a part of the concert, as it is tradition.

Dominick said he also feels “Peter and the Wolf” is perfect for children of all ages, because it is something they can both understand and enjoy.

“You can really hear the wolf; you can really hear the bird; and you can really hear the duck,” said Dominick.

The concert will close with a sing-a-long of traditional holiday favorites, where the audience is asked to join in.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Student tickets are $5, and adult tickets are $10.