Nicole Letendre ‘23
Chief Features Editor
On Friday, December 2nd CAB facilitated a trip to Worcester’s own Hanover Theater to watch performances by the Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart! The talented group showcased music from their 2022 Holiday Tour, beginning with the holiday favorite, “On Christmas Night.” The audience was mesmerized by the show, and the theater was filled with attendees dressed in their holiday best. The soprano Jane Shivick sang a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night,” leaving the audience amazed at her talent and grace onstage. Among many other songs, the Boston Pops also performed two Ulkranian carols: Dobryy vechir tobi (Good Evening to You) and the popular and beloved, Carol of the Bells. Both songs were beautifully done, surely putting all those in attendance into the holiday spirit. Before the intermission, the Boston Pops and narrator, Karina Beleno Carney performed a joint multimedia premiere performance of Noche de Las Posadas (The Night of the Inn), which hearkens to the story of Mary and Joseph’s struggle to find shelter in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. The performance was beautiful and heartfelt.
In the second half of the concert event, the choir performed a fun rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” in which they held up signs and performed theatrically. The audience loved the performance, and it was a funny but well-done rendition. Next, the choir was led by conductor Lisa Graham in the songs “This is My Wish/Let There Be Peace on Earth,” featuring several solos. Combining multimedia visuals and narration by Jon J. Peterson (the actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge in Hanover Theater’s, “A Christmas Carol”), the audience enjoyed a joint musical performance and reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’)). Lastly, the night ended with “A Merry Little Sing-Along,” in which the audience was invited to sing along to some holiday classics: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bells.” All the singers, musicians and narrators made this concert a beautiful expression of the Christmas spirit, leaving audience members joyful and excited for the holiday season. CAB did a phenomenal job organizing the event; many students were in attendance, and it was a lovely concert!