COVID has canceled many holiday traditions: tree lightings. Carol sings. Office parties.
It can’t stop the Candlelight Concert. Can it?
The beloved event — Staples High School’s music department gift to the town — takes place Saturday, December 19.
Of course, there’s a coronavirus caveat.
The bad news: For the first time in its fabled 80-year history, there will be no in-person audience. The musical numbers were recorded this weekend — with strict adherence to safety protocols. The concert will be livestreamed a week from next Sunday, at 7:30 p.m.
The good news: It will be a fantastic production.
In addition to the usual, wonderful professional-quality choirs, orchestra and bands, there are compelling interviews with current and past music directors, famed alumni participants, and the children of legendary educators George Weigle and John Hanulik.
The even better news: Because it’s a virtual concert, there’s no limit to the audience. There’s no scrambling for tickets. Anyone, anywhere on the globe (with an internet connection) can thrill to this year’s Candlelight “live.”
Even the musicians will be able to enjoy the show, at home with their families.
Registration for the remote access link is available next Monday (December 14, 9 a.m.) at www.StaplesMusic.org. Mark that date — and the December 19, 7:30 p.m. showtime.