From my very 1st Candlelight Concert, way back in 19whatever, I’ve been a huge fan of this Staples High School holiday tradition.

Candlelight 2011. (Photo by Lynn U. Miller)

Candlelight 2011. (Photo by Lynn U. Miller)

I’ve never missed a year. And I’ve never not had goosebumps the moment the “Sing We Noel” processional begins.

But until this week, the closest I’ve gotten to the stage was singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” at the final performance with dozens of ecstatic alums.

On Thursday, I was walking in the hall behind the auditorium. Adele Valovich was rehearsing her orchestra; Luke Rosenberg’s choir was singing.

I wandered in, mesmerized. Standing behind the strings and percussion, I heard the “Hallelujah Chorus” in an entirely different way. After all those years, this remarkable work sounded more awesome than ever.


(If your browser does not support YouTube directly, click here for the video. Free tickets for this year’s Candlelight Concert — Fri., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 15 at 2 and 8 p.m. — are available at Staples’ front desk, until 3 p.m. this week.)

8 responses to “Hallelujah!

  1. That was nice. We’ve been in Florida for the past 6 or 7 winters. Thanks for giving us a little taste of “home for the hollidays.”

  2. Would love to hear this but there was no link to click!!

  3. Thanks for the great wake up today Dan, bill

    Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 10:01:12 +0000 To: billpitt3@hotmail.com

  4. Dan-thank you for bringing back such heartfelt memories of when the Wilder brothers joined the chorus for several years. The concerts are part of my memories about a wonderful town in which we lived.

  5. Nancy Powers Conklin

    Thanks, Dan! I couldn’t get the link to work and thought it was my problem until I went to the comments and saw your correction. We have tickets for Friday night and cannot wait! It is the highlight of our Christmas season!
    Thanks so much!

  6. Betty Lou Cummings

    I agree with Nancy..we are going to the 2 o’clock and we.can’t wait to hear the music of the season…it’s like “It’s beginning to look like Christmas!” Thank you Staples Music Department & all the talented singers etc..what a gift to our Community!…..Betty Lou Cummings

  7. Beautiful-
    As always – proud to be an alum and proud to have my children be Wreckers!!