Christmas Candlelight Festival
A major part of the Tara performing arts curriculum is the choral music prepared for the Candlelight Festival. Choir rehearsals begin in October and continue up until the week before the first Candlelight performance in late December.
The Candlelight Festival has become a beloved Boulder event, reaching far beyond the immediate Tara community. The Tara choir prepares a major work, for example a Mozart Mass, along with other seasonal works and some solos. The Tara Handbell Choir plays, and the Christmas story is told through eurythmy. All this is presented in an atmosphere of candlelit reverence without the interruption of applause.
Please scroll down to find excerpts from the 2013 Candlelight Festival.
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I have a sense of eager anticipation as we progress through the Candlelight program from one beautiful piece to the next. Then comes the moment when we sing ‘Silent Night’ and everyone’s face is radiant, lit by the glowing candles. Following this comes the last piece, ‘Gaudete,’ and as we process out singing it, I feel as if we are carrying the spirit of Candlelight to the world. It makes me want to climb on the roof of the church and sing as loudly as I can.
Alumnus, Class of 2009
Listen to Candlelight Excerpts
Hallelujah Chorus, G. F. Handel - Tara Choir - 12/2013
Eili, Eili, Hannah Senesh - Tara Choir - 12/2013
Gaudete, Medieval - Tara Choir - 12/2013