Holiday Pops Concert in Norwood on December 15

Continuing its 75th anniversary season, the Parkway Concert Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Pops Concert on Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 100 Winter Street, Norwood. Music Director Thomas Kociela conducts the 50 piece non-profit orchestra in classical and pops holiday favorites for the entire family, including selections from The Nutcracker, Alfred Reed's Russian Christmas Music, and music from Frozen, as well as a sing-along. Norwood Selectman Tom Maloney will be featured as narrator of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

This concert is sponsored by Folsom & May Funeral Home and the program is supported in part by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Donation is $15; $10 for seniors and students; and free for children under 12 years old. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments and free parking are included. For ticket reservations, please call 781-444-5041.

The Program:

  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • The Nutcracker
    1. March
    2. Dance of the Reed Pipes
    3. Trepak
  • George Whitefield Chadwick
  • Symphonic Sketches
  • 2. Noel
  • Brian Bell, Resident Conductor
  • Adam Shugar
  • Hanukkah Overture
  • Lighting the Menorah – Ma’oz Tzur – Gelt and Gift Giving – The Dreidel
  • Len Badov, clarinet
  • Alfred Reed, Arr.: Michael Story
  • Russian Christmas Music


  • Paul O’Neill and Robert Kinkel, Arr.: Bob Phillips & George Megaw
  • Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Arr.: Bob Krogstad
  • Music from Frozen
  • Frozen Heart – Do You Want To Build A Snowman? – In Summer – Let It Go - For the First Time in Forever
  • Bill Holcombe and Clement Clarke Moore
  • ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Tom Maloney, Narrator
  • Arranged by Bob Cerulli
  • Christmas Sing-Along
  • Joy to the World – O Come All Ye Faithful – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Silent Night

Guest Artist Tom Maloney, Narrator

Tom Maloney portraitTom Maloney and his wife Cathy live in Norwood with their son John and their daughter Laura. He serves on the Norwood Board of Selectmen. He is also a member of the Norwood Hoop Club and the Neponset Sunrise Rotary Club. He has coached youth basketball in Arlington and Norwood.

Tom is a communicant at St. Catherine of Siena parish, and in 1997 he authored a history of his family's home parish, St. Patrick's of Watertown.

His theatrical credits include Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Grandpa Vanderhof in You Can't Take It With You, Ragpicker in Madwoman of Chaillot, Michael in I Do, I Do, and Stephen in When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?

In past lives, Tom was a producer in the audiovisual field and taught history at Eastern Nazarene College and Dean College. Currently, he is a Regional Lending Manager at Bank of Canton.

Tom is delighted to be working for the first time with the Parkway Concert Orchestra.

Orchestra members with Folsom and May Funeral Home representatives, sponsor of this concert. Left to right: sponsors Brian Folsom and Robert Folsom; music director Thomas Kociela; and William Scherban (clarinet and orchestra vice president).