Candlelight Concert Rings In The Holiday Season
Tonight’s Candlelight Concert — the 1st show of the 2-day, 74th annual gift to the town from the Staples High School music department — wowed a packed auditorium.
Hundreds of singers and musicians performed sophisticated pieces with aplomb. They threw in a PDQ Bach number, and the world premiere of a global warming-themed production number by Don Rickenbach.
And, of course, the timeless “Sing We Noel” processional, and rousing “Hallelujah Chorus” finale, serve as fitting bookends for one of Westport’s favorite events of the year.
“Now let hosannas ring…” (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
The chorus and chorale, with accompanist Dr. Robert Kwan. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
The a cappella choir, directed by Luke Rosenberg. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
Adele Valovich leads the symphonic orchestra. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
Nick Mariconda and the symphonic band. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
A lot went on during the clever production number. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)
At the end of the “Hallelujah Chorus,” the audience was invited to return next year — when the Candlelight Concerts celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)