In a beloved tradition that started in 1983, Kingswood Oxford musicians performed a Candlelight Concert to ring in the holiday season. Staged in a warmly lit Alumni Hall festooned with poinsettias and a projected stained glass image on the back wall, the musicians treated the crowd goers to a beautiful repertoire comprised of a traditional 16th-century Spanish carol, pieces by Bach, Mahler and perennial favorite from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and contemporary gems like “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “All I want for Christmas is You.”
The evening began with four pieces by Outlook including a magnificent intertwining of the voices of Maggie Eberle and Molly Jones in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ Matthew Marotollo ’20 soloed in the spirited 16th-century Spanish carol “Riu, Riu Chiu.” Outlook ended their performance in a moving and quiet “Dirait-On” by Lauridsen.
Voce Novissima followed with a joyful “Sound of the Trumpet” by Purcell and an exquisite “Ose Shalom” that stirred the spirit. Serafina Squatrito ’22 performed a rousing solo in the holiday favorite “All I Want for Christmas.”
The Middle School String Orchestra played with great maturity “Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” a favorite of all the movements and an enduring soundtrack for every holiday movie. The group performed a lively “Chrous of the Huntsman” from the opera “Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber.
The Upper School String Orchestra performed an elegant interpretation of Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1, Second Movement.” “Oblivion” by Piazzolla with soloist Marwyn Somridhivej ’20 was at once sorrowful and sublime. The evening ended with one of the most timeless Baroque masterpieces by Bach, “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins” with soloists Somridhivej and Rohan Naik ’20. The precise interplay of the violins illustrated two instruments engaging in a back and forth conversation.
The Candlelight Concert revealed the universality of music that lights the heart. Truly, a breathtaking evening.
“A Maiden is in a Ring” by Hugo Alfven
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by H. Arlen and Y. Harburg, arr. Kim; soloists Maggie Eberle ’20 and Molly Jones ’20
“Riu, Riu Chiu” Trad. 16th-century Spanish carol; soloist Matthew Marottolo ’20
“Dirait-On” by Morten Lauridsen
“Ave Maria” by Franz Biebel
”Sound the Trumpet” by Henry Purcell
“Ose Shalom” by Rochelle Nelson
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by M. Carey and W. Afansieff; soloist Serafina Squatrito ’22
Middle School String Orchestra
“Trepak” from “The Nutcracker” by P. Tchaikovsky, arr. Dackow
“Chorus of the Huntsman” by Carl Maria von Weber, arr. Dackow
“Kingsbridge March” by William Dyson
Upper School String Orchestra
“Symphony No. 1, Second Movement by Gustav Mahler, arr. Dackow
“Oblivion” by Astor Piazzolla, arr. Longfield; soloist Marwyn Somridhivej ’20
“Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins by J.S. Bach; soloists Marwyn Somridhivej ’20, Rohan Naik ’20