Candlelight: A Concert For The Ages

For 76 years, the Staples High School music department has offered the Candlelight Concert as a gift to the town.

Last night’s present was well received, by a full house. Candlelight continues this afternoon and tonight.

No tickets remain. But here’s a chance to enjoy some of what the hundreds of young musicians — and their very talented teachers — gave to us last night.

The lobby display got concert-goers in the holiday spirit.

A lobby display got concert-goers in the holiday spirit.

Alice Addicks retired from Staples in June. But she returned last night to her long-time post as head usher.

Alice Addicks retired from Staples in June. But she returned last night to her long-time post as head usher.

Candida Innaco's chamber orchestra played outside the auditorium before the concert.

Candi Innaco’s chamber orchestra played outside the auditorium before the concert.

The stage was set...

Dozens of poinsettias set the mood.

The orchestra began with Elgar's "Enigma Variations."

The orchestra began with Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

Choir member Colin McKechnie, in the famous "Sing We Noel" processional.

Choir member Colin McKechnie, in the famous “Sing We Noel” processional.

Dr. Robert Kwan accompanies the chorus and chorale.

Dr. Robert Kwan accompanied the chorus and chorale.

Luke Rosenberg led the choir in 4 beautiful songs.

Luke Rosenberg led the choir in 4 beautiful songs.

The orchestra, reflected in the piano.

Orchestra members, reflected in the piano.

The production number included several intriguing characters.

The “Hail to the Chief” production number included several intriguing “holiday” characters…

...including Secret Service agents. They flanked Don Rickenback, who wrote the entire piece.

…including Secret Service agents. They flanked Don Rickenback, who wrote the entire piece.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer joined in the rousing "Hallelujah Chorus" finale.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer joined in the rousing “Hallelujah Chorus” finale.

Orchestra director Adele Cutralo=Valovich and band director Nick Mariconda take their bows.

Orchestra director Adele Cutrali-Valovich and band director Nick Mariconda take bows.

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8 responses to “Candlelight: A Concert For The Ages

  1. David Schaffer

    Thanks for sharing Dan. Definitely a sacred rite of the town of Westport, but I hate to say I’ve never been to one.

  2. Sylvia Robinson Corrigan

    Thanks so much for sharing these photos! I participated in the Candlelight Concerts as a choir member and Orphenian and danced in the “Waltz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker 52 years ago. I have been back twice to enjoy this very special holiday concert, and I hope to see it again!

  3. Lynne Betts Baker

    DAN, Thks for the preview. Have tickets for 8pm performance. Going with my childhood friend Carol Anderson who is also a Staples/glee club alumni. Hoping Mother Nature cooperates as we are truly looking forward to it.

  4. Mr. Ohanian would have loved it !

  5. Great shots, Dan. You are becoming quite the photographer.
    Especially liked the reflection photo in the piano (and the explanation!)

  6. I wish I could attend. I looked forward to performing in this wonderful concert, as a member of the boys glee club three years running, 1963-1965. It always managed to get me into the Christmas Spirit every year that I participated. Thank you Staples and Westport for that wonderful and magical experience! Thank you George Wiegle!