Arkansas ‘Idol’ Kris Allen Joins Symphony For Robinson’s Christmas Concert Trio

American Idol winner and Arkansas native Kris Allen joins the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Geoffrey Robson for the Kris Allen Holiday Spectacular at 7:30 pm Friday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sundays at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St in Broadway, Little Rock.

The concerts also kick off Acxiom Pops Live! season.

Allen will perform holiday standards including “Silent Night”, https: // “O Holy Night”, https: // / news // 2021 / dec / 16 / holiday-homecoming / “Jingle Bells” and “Silver Bells” and some of his own seasonal songs (including “Baby Won’t You Wait Until the New Year”, https: // www .nwaonline. com / news / 2021 / dec / 16 / holiday-homecoming / “Just Like Snow”, https: // “Peace and happiness” and “Mom Is there more than one Santa Claus”).

The Bryant High School Camerata (Tanner Ogelsby, principal) and the Parkview High School Madrigals (Mary Shollmier, principal) will perform seasonal works.

The program also includes music by Alan Silvestri from the soundtrack to the film “The Polar Express”; “Vacation Opening” by James M. Stephenson; the essential “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson; “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra; and a singalong.

Allen, a former student of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra’s viola section, won Season 8 of “American Idol” in 2009.

Now based in Nashville, TN, he has released 11 albums, written hundreds of songs and, according to a press release, “is dedicated to philanthropy, particularly for projects supporting music education.”

“It’s a dream of mine to play my songs with a symphony,” says Allen. “So that it happens at home with the symphony [orchestra] I grew up listening to it sounds like a dream with a side of hot chocolate. It’s gonna be a good time. “

The sponsor is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Pop live! the season sponsor is Acxiom. Tickets are $ 16 to $ 72, $ 10 for active duty military and students, free for students with the purchase of an adult ticket. Call (501) 666-1761, ext. 1, or visit

Covid-19 Protocols: All musicians, guest performers and staff, venue staff and patrons are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth and to show proof of covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative test (within 72 hours). Visit

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