Staples Candlelight Concert: The Show Will Go On!

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 Mark that date — and the December 19, 7:30 p.m. showtime.


There won’t be hundreds of musicians together on stage this year. But the Candlelight Concert will be as inspiring and beautiful as ever.


5 responses to “Staples Candlelight Concert: The Show Will Go On!

  1. Knowing how much work goes into this production in “normal” times, rehearsing and recording this year’s production had to have been no small feat. I’m so appreciative of the teachers and students in the SHS Music Department for keeping the tradition alive, and am looking forward to tuning in on the 19th.

  2. Valerie Smith-Malin

    Well done Staples Music Department and the volunteers who made this happen! What a huge undertaking. We are excited to watch it and sing along to “Sing We Noel”

  3. Last night was pure joy. All of the performances were spectacular and the adaptations for COVID were remarkably well done and done with such good taste… heart was full, my eyes were a little sweaty and my smile was large. Thank you to all who orchestrated this massive undertaking and sharing with alumni and friends near and far. Happy Holidays to all!

  4. Dan: Any info yet on link for 12/24 rebroadcast?

    • Rebroadcast: Dec. 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Go to for info and to obtain your free viewing link(s).

      I’ll post full details tomorrow!