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 Mike Phillis, Kevin Maxwell and 6 mics hung around the auditorium — Candlelight fans around the globe can enjoy the 78th annual show.
Highlights include the traditional “Welcome Yule” and “Sing We Noel” processional, in slightly different staging; a superb orchestral arrangement of “Stille Nacht”; a lovely vocal version of “O Tannenbaum”; a clever original production number, and of course the finale: the “Hallelujah Chorus,” complete with hundreds of musicians and many alumni.
Merry Christmas! Unwrap this gift carefully. It’s precious!