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.
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.
Candi Innaco’s chamber orchestra played outside the auditorium before the concert.
Dozens of poinsettias set the mood.
The orchestra began with Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”
Choir member Colin McKechnie, in the famous “Sing We Noel” processional.
Dr. Robert Kwan accompanied the chorus and chorale.
Luke Rosenberg led the choir in 4 beautiful songs.
Orchestra members, reflected in the piano.
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.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer joined in the rousing “Hallelujah Chorus” finale.
Orchestra director Adele Cutrali-Valovich and band director Nick Mariconda take bows.