An Exciting Holiday Month at the Newark Boys Chorus School
December 2017. Beginning with the 50th Anniversary Holiday Concert on Monday (12/18) and ending on Thursday (12/21) with Musica Sacra’s annual Carnegie Hall performance of Handel’s Messiah, it’s been a musical and culinary feast for everyone at the Newark Boys Chorus School.
Performing before a standing room only crowd at the Grace Episcopal Church the NBCS Apprentice and Concert Choruses celebrated their 50th Anniversary as Newark’s Musical Ambassadors in grand style. The program highlights included a featured performance of John Rutter’s Magnificat with chamber orchestra and soloist as well as traditional music for Christmas and Chanukah . Over 400 attended this landmark concert.
On Wednesday the school celebrated the season with its traditional Holiday Feast. Special guests for the day included judges from the district court, magistrate court and the bankruptcy court, their deputies and recorders and, especially, Judge Stacey Meisel who is a former trustee of the Newark Boys Chorus School. Both Choruses performed traditional holiday music followed by a sumptuous buffet of turkey, ham and traditional sides. Several desserts were provided by parents and our student chef James Felton made star brownies, s’mores and his signature tiered cookies.
Every student received a take-home pack of leftovers for his family. The entire feast as well as a similar event at Thanksgiving were provided by a special patron of the school who was also in attendance.
As a special treat District Court Judge Susan Wigenton played the piano as the judges and clerks serenaded the school with Christmas carols. What an unexpected delight and a fitting conclusion to the holiday feast.
On Thursday it was off for another performance in Bergen County followed by a bus trip to New York City to see the lights, the tree in Rockefeller Center and dinner at Applebees.
Of course this was all precedent to the main event: the annual Musica Sacra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Tickets for the event were provided by the Trustees of Musica Sacra as part of their commitment to music education in the local schools. Our Music Director, Donald Morris commented, “Musica Sacra was a delight, and the boys really appreciated the experience, -great music, performed by great musicians in a great space!!
Then it was back to Newark for rest, time with family and a break from school. Lots for everyone to share during the holiday season.