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Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 : 2:24 p.m.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's annual Sing-along-with-Santa Saturday

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

What better way to get ready for Christmas than a good old fashioned caroling party with Santa and steel drums? Only at the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s annual Sing-along with Santa, which will be taking place this Saturday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor.

Every year, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra fills the church with cute little girls in red velvet dresses and journeys around the world alongside Santa to explore different global musical themes. Past years have featured “Feliz Navidad” on the Chinese erhu, Puerto Rican singers and Indonesian angklung.

This year will feature the Rudolf Steiner Steel Drum Band and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra members Barbara Sturgiss-Everett and Lori Zupan.

There will also be cookies and cider and photos with Santa.

Tickets are $10.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her website at, her blog at, and she can be reached at