Everyone is invited to take a pause from the often hectic pace of holiday preparations and celebrate the season with family and friends at the 2010 Holiday Pops Concert Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90.

This year’s varied program appeals to all ages and musical tastes and follows up the standing-ovation performance of last year.  Maine Pro Musica founder and musical director, Rockport resident Janna Hymes, noted that attendees will certainly not need any prior concert experience.

“People can just expect to have a fantastic time. It’s magical! We have wonderfully talented Maine musicians,” she said.

With a program that stretches across the musical spectrum from “Ave Maria” to “Santa Baby” with enormous variety, there truly will be something for everyone. Concertgoers can expect the orchestral sounds of Maine Pro Musica’s 40-plus piece ensemble; songs offered by superb soloists; the precise golden tones of Penobscot Ringers; impressive choreography in dance pieces by Swing ‘n’ Sway and Rockport Dance Conservatory; the harmonies of high school choristers; and the audience’s own contribution of sing-along carols.

Hymes promised that even the youngest of attendees will find plenty to ward off boredom as “the program moves along with lots going on.” Children will see plenty of youthful participants and there is, of course, a guest appearance by Santa. The concert also features much to satisfy both music traditionalists and those who appreciate what Hymes calls tradition with a twist.

In this second year of collaboration, United Mid-Coast Charities and Maine Pro Musica offer what is becoming a treasured tradition of music/dance by and for Midcoast people. The event raises funds to support the vital life-improving work of 50 agencies in the UMCC pool of recipients. In the past year, distribution went 47 percent to children and youth; 24 percent to community service; 17 percent to medically related agencies; and 12 percent to education.

Tickets are $35 and $20, depending on seating location; $10 or $8 for children. They are available at the Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; HAV II, Owl & Turtle and KAX Office Center, Camden; Northern Kingdom Music, Rockport; The Green Store, Belfast; online at unitedmidcoastcharities.org; or by calling 236-2299.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.