Candlelight Concert Uplifts Spirits

Jackie Pisani
In one of Kingswood Oxford's most cherished traditions, families, students, and faculty gathered in the warmly lit Alumni Hall to enjoy musical performances in its 35th Annual Candlelight Concerts on December 2. Richard Chiarappa served as the orchestra director and David Baker and Steve Michell were the choir directors.

The concert showcased the remarkable depth of talent of its students from both the Middle School and the Upper School. The Middle School String Orchestra performed Tschaikowsky's festive "Dance of the Toy Flutes, "Sahara Crossing" and a magnificent Mozart piece, "Finale from Divertimento No. 2."  The Upper School String Orchestra played a Mozart work also "Serenade No. 9 "Posthorn", Vivaldi's "Allegro for Cello and String Orchestra" and other pieces. Featured soloists, who dazzled the audience by their nuanced playing, were Adam Theodorou ’21, Jonathan Fu ’19, and Arielena Lang ’22.

The choir never fails to uplift the crowd with their inspired choices. Voce Novissima, the all-female choir directed by Steve Mitchell, sang three lovely works: "Pie Jesu from Requiem," "S'Vivon" and "Winter Dreams." Outlook, the select co-ed choir, directed by David Baker, sang a Hebrew folk song, "Hine Ma Tov" which featured a flute duet by Matthew Marottolo ’20 and Isabelle Raymond ’19, "The Sea Lullaby"accompanied by Kevin Wan ’19 and a traditional spiritual "Oh, Jerusalem in the Morning" with a solo by Remy McCoy ’20.

The enormously affecting performances featured an array of music from the transcendent to the jubilant where one could forget their daily worries and delight in the beauty of song.


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