North Pole Kind of Night at Annual Christmas Concert
Chilly temperatures couldn’t keep the crowds away this past Saturday, Dec. 9 when the Music Department of Jesuit High School presented An Evening of Christmas Magic to a near capacity crowd in the auditorium. The audience enjoyed sounds of the season by the Jesuit Concert Band and the Jesuit Jazz Band, as well as the concert’s dazzling special effects. For the first time ever, the concert was live-streamed on social media networks. Even former Jesuit Spanish teacher and band volunteer Nilda Rivera tuned in from Puerto Rico for the show.
Under the direction of Joseph Caluda ’79, the concert band took the stage and played a five-song set of holiday classics like Holiday Piece, Merry Christmas Darling, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, A Winter’s Night, and Wizards in Winter.
To the delight of the audience, auditorium manager and special effects guru D.J. Galiano ’07 orchestrated a light show to dance along with the songs. Especially exciting was the dazzling display during the band’s rendition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Wizards in Winter.
The Jesuit Jazz Band, under the direction of associate band director Jason Giaccone, closed the evening with an array of songs. A festive Giaccone, wearing a lama holiday sweater and knit cap, led the band through a set that included famous tunes Snow/Heat Miser (sung by senior Garrin Mesa), I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song, and the swing favorite Rockin’ On Top of the World.
Right as the show was ending, Santa Claus made a surprise appearance, congratulating the band on their amazing performance and handing out candy canes to the audience. Following the concert, guests were treated to jambalaya and treats in the Student Commons, sponsored by the Blue Jay Band Booster Club.
The Grandparents Day Mass has been paired with this special night of music as an opportunity for students to enjoy the sounds of Christmas with their families and appreciate the musical talents of their peers.