Candlelight Concert Tickets Now Available — Special 75th Anniversary Edition!

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

But there is a free Candlelight Concert. The catch: You have to order tickets now.

This year’s 75th annual holiday event will be a classic. Special guests with long ties to the Staples High School music department have been invited. And a special alumni reception is planned prior to the last of 3 performances — the traditional “alumni show.”

Candlelight is set for Friday, December 18 (8 p.m.), and Saturday, December 19 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.).

Candlelight logoGeneral admission tickets are available by mail. They must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 11 — but he who hesitates may not be singing “Hallelujah.” Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the ticket order form (click here) to: Candlelight Tickets, Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.

The alumni gala (Saturday, December 19, 5-7 p.m., Westport Inn) includes a reserved seat to the concert, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, an exhibit of photos and posters since the 1950s, 75th Candlelight logowear and a 4-CD set of recordings of concerts from the ’50s to the present.

All proceeds help celebrate Staples High School music. To purchase tickets, select the button to the left. Click here for alumni gala ltickets and more information.

Now let hosannas ring…

(For 75 years, the Candlelight Concert has been presented as a gift to Westport. However, tax-deductible contributions made out to “Staples HS Music” are gratefully accepted, and may be sent along with ticket requests. To advertise in the Candlelight program book, click here. For the main Candlelight website, click here. And search “SHS Candlelight 75th Anniversary” on Facebook for an event page.)

The "Sing We Noel" processional -- a part of every Candlelight Concert since 1940. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

The “Sing We Noel” processional — a part of every Candlelight Concert since 1940. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

6 responses to “Candlelight Concert Tickets Now Available — Special 75th Anniversary Edition!

  1. Lucinda Setnicka

    Hi Dan – I’m so bummed to not be able to attend this being that I’m an alumni of the wonderful SHS music dept, choir, Orphenians, glee club, etc. I just can’t be in two places at once!

    So, quick question…do you know if it will be possible to purchase one of those 4-CD sets of all the music? That would be SO GREAT to have in our family (we ADORED going to the XMAS concert each year and I was thrilled when I finally got the chance to carry a candle, wear a blue robe, and sing, “Sing We Noel!” In fact, I remember sobbing in the auditorium lobby when I was a senior moaning to Kate Harris, “this is the LAST time we’ll EVER sing “Sing We Noel! The Last time!!!!”).

    Anyway, wondered if you could address the above…AND, thank you for keeping all us people who are far from Wspt so closely tied to the place that was so special for our growing-up years. I went to the SHS 45th reunion this past August and it was amazing to see how Wspt had changed…but life goes on, I suppose!


    Lucinda Mirk (Setnicka)

    Class of ’70

    Ojai, CA


  2. Holiday concert reminded me of the Holiday dances 50 years ago… might be a rich topic
    And today… do they still have dances in the cafeteria.. gym.. etc? Or are kids at home playing with their electronic bug zappers?

    • Staples has not had dances in the cafeteria or gym for 3 or 4 decades. The “holiday dances” are held in January: Red and Whites and County Assembly, for 11th and 12th graders (girls ask guys). There is no longer the Holly Ball for 10th graders.