Today’s Extra-Special Holiday Gift

Santa has his elves. The Staples High School music department has Jim Honeycutt.

Though he retired in 2016, the video production teacher returned this month to coordinate video coverage of the Candlelight Concert.

Now — with help from audio production instructor Geno Heiter and consultant Mike Phillis — Candlelight fans around the globe can enjoy the 77th annual show.

Highlights include:

  • “Sing We Noel” is at 8:35.
  • Luke Rosenberg’s choral groups (15:45 27:35, and 36:00).
  • Adele Valovich’s symphonic orchestra (46:40).
  • Nick Mariconda’s symphonic band (59:15).
  • Don Rickenback’s production number (01:20:00).
  • The rousing “Hallelujah Chorus” (01:34:10).

Unwrap this gift carefully. It’s very precious!

 

6 responses to “Today’s Extra-Special Holiday Gift

  1. Thank you!!! And a Merry Christmas to all!!!

  2. HOW BEAUTIFUL !!!!! JIM HONEYCUTT IS THE VERY BEST. THANK YOU JIM AND TO ALL THAT PUT ON THIS AMAZING SHOW…..

  3. Dan, I could see you belting it out!

  4. Deb Holliday Kintigh, Staples '64

    WHAT A GIFT!!! Remarkable – awe-inspiring – nostalgic – SWEET!!
    THANK YOU to all who made this possible, both the magnificent concert and the ability to hear and experience it ’round the world!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  5. I really enjoyed this!

    The Swan Lake performance really blew me away!

    And the production number was broadway quality.

    And and and … I got to hear the Welcome Yule for the first time in many many years … woot woot!!!

  6. Mary Cookman Schmerker SHS '58

    Thank You. I sang along with Sing we Noel and the Hallelujah Chorus. I cried as I sang.

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