An Evening of Christmas Music and Magic
Even Scrooge wouldn’t have been able to resist the Christmas spirit that permeated the air this past Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Music Department of Jesuit High School presented An Evening of Christmas Magic to a full crowd in the auditorium. The audience enjoyed seasonal tunes by the Jesuit Concert Band and the Jesuit Jazz Band, as well as the dazzling special effects that transformed the auditorium into a winter wonderland. Viewers were also able to enjoy the concert from the comfort of their homes as it was once again live-streamed on YouTube.
Under the direction of Joseph Caluda ’79, the concert band took the stage and played a five-song set of holiday classics like Christmas Classics, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Merry Christmas Darling, Mickey’s Christmastime Parade, and Christmas Eve/Sarajevo.
Auditorium manager and special effects guru D.J. Galiano ’07 wowed the audience by orchestrating a light show that synchronized with each song. Mickey’s Christmastime Parade came to life as video projections on the auditorium walls surrounded the crowd with moving floats. Especially exciting was the dazzling display during the band’s rendition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve/Sarajevo, as laser lights beamed across the stage and snow fell from the ceiling. Galiano also introduced his own version of “Smell-O-Vision” and filled the auditorium with scents of fresh baked cookies and steamy hot chocolate.
The Jesuit Jazz Band, under the direction of associate band director Jason Giaccone, closed the evening with an array of songs. A festive Giaccone, donning a Christmas top hat and a LED light vest, led the band through a set that included famous tunes It Don’t Mean a Thing, Pink Panther, Let It Snow (sung by senior Joshua Shanks), and Hot Chocolate.
Following the concert, guests were treated to sandwiches and treats in the Student Commons, sponsored by the Blue Jay Band Booster Club.
The Grandparents Day Mass preluded 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.