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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Special 75th Candlelight Pre-concert Gala Set

Next month’s 75th anniversary of the Staples High School Candlelight Concert will include a special pre-concert event to celebrate the milestone. Image
Adele Cutrali-Valovich, director of orchestral music at Staples, congratulates a student at last year’s Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

The three free performances are Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. with the alumni performance at 8 p.m. There is free admission but tickets must be obtained in advance on the music department website at

An anniversary gala reception will be held at the Westport Inn on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. alumni performance, organizers announced.

The cost is $75 per person and includes a reserved seat at the alumni concert, food, drinks, and music. On sale at the gala will be 75th anniversary logo wear and a four-CD musical retrospective of the concert’s 75 years.

The gala ticket is tax deductible and will fund future music department initiatives for students, organizers said.

Adele Cutrali-Valovich, director of orchestral music and organizer of the event, said music department parents have outdone themselves in putting the gala together.

“In addition to being a great party, the parents have gathered a collection of memorabilia and music from years past that will make this a once in a lifetime evening,” she said.

“For any of the close to 30,000 music students who have participated in the Candlelight Concert during its 75-year run, this is a must not miss.

“And going to the gala guarantees you a reserved seat to the toughest ticket in town, the alumni performance on Saturday night.”

Tickets to the gala are also available on the music department’s website.


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